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eAssist become standard equipment, 220hp turbo model available as a no-cost option

When it comes to extracting the most miles per gallon out of a vehicle, GM often turns to its eAssist solution for midsize sedans. While competing companies like Ford/Lincoln and Toyota/Lexus use full hybrid solutions to achieve lofty mpg ratings, GM's "mild hybrid" eAssist solution often lags well behind, especially in city mpg ratings.
In an effort to boost fuel efficiency of its models, GM announced earlier this year that it would make eAssist standard on the 2013 Buick Regal. This is a move the company already made with the 2012 Buick Lacrosse.
Now GM has revealed that the addition of eAssist as standard equipment means that the base price for the 2013 Regal jumps from $27,055 to $29,015. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2012 model, which was good for 19/31 (city/highway), gives way to a standard eAssist model that is rated at 25/36 (city/highway).

For those that simply don't want a Regal with eAssist, Buick offers a 220hp turbocharged 2.0-liter model as a no-cost option. And for those that crave even more power, the 270hp Regal GS is also available. 
"With eAssist, Buick is redefining what a 'conventional powertrain' means to customers," said eAssist global chief engineer Stephen Poulos. "It changes the fuel economy – but not the experience – for the 97 percent of new car buyers who aren't buying hybrids."
"It takes advantage of the best parts of a hybrid, and eAssist is now standard equipment for Regal," Poulos added. "These new functions happen seamlessly, a requirement for Buick drivers who demand a refined driving experience. They'll really only notice a difference at the pump."
Manufacturers like Nissan have managed to employed advanced technology and continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) to help the 2013 Altima achieve 27/38 (city/highway) without the use of expensive batteries or electric motors. On the other side of the spectrum, the 2013 Lexus ES 300h is rated at 40/39 (city/highway).

Source: General Motors

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RE: Buicks
By Flunk on 8/30/2012 4:23:50 PM , Rating: 1
That's not really the point. A car manufacturer dumping their low-end trimline to save money (normally because they're not selling) is hardly newsworthy.

I will say that the 220hp turbocharged engine sounds like a better buy to me. That sounds like a lot of fun with fairly low gas consumption.

RE: Buicks
By Moishe on 8/30/2012 5:04:38 PM , Rating: 2
Dumping the low end trim to gain the fleetwide fuel economy increase number as well.

They have to increase the fleetwide fuel economy... so they will drop every option that isn't helping. Damn the price increase, full speed ahead!

RE: Buicks
By Reclaimer77 on 8/30/12, Rating: -1
RE: Buicks
By GulWestfale on 8/30/2012 5:53:11 PM , Rating: 2
eAssist=elderly assist? it is a buick, after all.

RE: Buicks
By sigmatau on 8/30/2012 9:34:41 PM , Rating: 2
It raises prices a little now, not even 10%, but saves more than triple that during the ownership. You fail at math if you can't see that.

RE: Buicks
By Mr Perfect on 8/30/2012 9:52:22 PM , Rating: 2
Depends on how long you keep the car. $2000 buys a lot of gas.

RE: Buicks
By piroroadkill on 8/31/2012 5:07:34 AM , Rating: 2
Not in the UK it doesn't. With light use, you'd burn through $2000 in barely over a year.

RE: Buicks
By DFranch on 8/31/2012 12:29:47 PM , Rating: 3
@ $3.85 per gallon and 15,000 miles a pear, it is a wash in about 4.5 years. However, your resale value should be higher as it is a more expensive car, and you save almost 500 gallons of gas over it's lifetime.

RE: Buicks
By mindless1 on 9/2/2012 6:10:09 PM , Rating: 2
Another foolish assumption that ignores all relevant variable.

1) That's $2000 usually financed over the life of the vehicle, actually more than $2K.

2) That $2K could have been drawing interest as an investment instead.

3) The higher initial cost and higher complexity will, on average, increase failure rates and repair costs significantly.

4) The typical buyer of this car is someone middle aged who does not put on very many miles per year, may even be retired and average less than 30 miles a week so the idea of tripling a $2000 cost difference which I already discredited above, is deliberately contrived and false for most owners.

5) You fail quite badly at math by thinking ($2000 + x(n) + y + z) can be assumed less than (3 x n). If you don't consider all the significant variables there was no point attempting to resolve the equation.

RE: Buicks
By apinkel on 8/30/2012 8:14:58 PM , Rating: 2
I'd say dropping the 2.4l base model (which is all they are doing here) is an adjustment to be more competitive within the segment.

The TSX has better performance and MPG than the current base 2.4l Regal. Eassist brings a bit more performance and better MPG for less money.

GM needs the Regal to be taken seriously in the entry level performance market and, IMO, that 2.4l base model had no business in the lineup.

I do agree that the 2.0l turbo is the best performance for your dollar in this lineup.

RE: Buicks
By lazybum131 on 8/30/2012 10:27:22 PM , Rating: 2
And don't forget the Regal is no longer the entry level Buick now that the Verano is available.

I wonder how quickly GM can get eAssist mated to the new 2.5L engine, and if they can get that fitted as the standard engine across all Buicks. I'd say being able to boast that the entire lineup has economy car-like fuel economy with 200+HP would be nice marketing.

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