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GM's eAssist technology looks dated next to its competitiors

General Motors is taking its efforts to increase fuel economy across the board seriously with its "near luxury" Buick brand. Last year, GM made the 2.4-liter four-cylinder eAssist engine standard on the Buick Lacrosse and made the more powerful (and thirstier) 3.6-liter V6 engine a no-cost option.
That same approach is now being applied to the slightly smaller Buick Regal. The traditional 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is being replaced with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder eAssist. GM hasn't announced pricing yet for the 2013 Regals, so we're not sure how much will be added to the vehicle's base price to account for the more expensive hybrid components.

Buick Regal eAssist
With that being said, GM's mild hybrid offering is hardly competitive in today's market and it only matches the fuel economy of traditional midsize sedans with regular gasoline engines. For comparison:
2013 Buick Regal eAssist: 25/36 (city/highway)
2013 Ford Fusion: 26/37
2012 Toyota Camry: 25/35
2012 Hyundai Sonata: 24/35
When it comes to true hybrid competitors, the eAssist smackdown is even more apparent:
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 47/44 (city/highway)
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid: 43/39
2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: 35/40
It remains to be seen how long it will take GM to start offering a true hybrid powertrain that can hold its head up high when compared with the rest of the competition.

Source: General Motors

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RE: um...
By Keeir on 2/7/2012 1:31:18 PM , Rating: 4
Ummmm... Brandon. No offense, but comparing the Buick Regal to Toyota/Ford/Hyundai is not really aiming at the same market.

Now, the Malibu eAssist should be compared to the Toyota/Ford/Hyundai and its true... it gets crushed.

Not to mention that Toyota/Ford/Hyundai sell their hybrids from between $26,000 to $30,000 nicely equipped and they make a PROFIT on each one they sell. IIRC, GM is still losing money on every Volt they sell... not to mention that it costs $40,000 out of pocket before the credit.

Brandon, this is sheer idiocy. I've configured a Volt at ~41,500. To get similar features from a Fusion Hybrid the MSRP is ~34,000. On top of that I'd need 5 years of onStar/24 Roadside support. Another 1-2,000.

Is the Volt overpriced? Yes, yes it is. But lets stop saying cars like the Fusion Hybrid is "well" equipped at 28,500 base MSRP in comparison to a Volt.

To Voltize a Civic --> MSRP 27,000
To Voltize a Fusion Hybrid --> 34,000
To Voltize a Sonata Hyrbid --> 33,000

And none of the above have the same feature set even at those MSRPs (though the Sonata does have some other features).

Its a shame GM felt the need to include many many features that seem to not be of significant value to the end consumer. But when comparing prices, its best to try to compare Apples to Apples.

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