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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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It's an interesting car...
By apinkel on 8/30/2012 5:09:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'm looking at the regal right now. I love the exterior and the interior (limited legroom in the backseat but that seems to be par for this class... regal, TSX, CC). I've heard good things about how it drives/handles.

I like the thought of e-assist since it means the car may be able to compete on mpg and performance with the i4 TSX but for less money.

I haven't driven one yet so we'll see if the info I've heard is just owners who are overly enthusiastic about their purchase decision or if the car is that good.

RE: It's an interesting car...
By fic2 on 8/30/2012 5:13:17 PM , Rating: 2
Any idea what the (I guess) optional eAssist price is for the current model? Just wondering if GM lowered the price, raised it or kept it the same. Generally I would think since it is now standard the $2k is lower than what the current option price is, but with businesses you never know.

RE: It's an interesting car...
By fic2 on 8/30/2012 5:25:44 PM , Rating: 2
I found it in another article - it was a $2k option so they are charging the same price.

RE: It's an interesting car...
By apinkel on 8/30/2012 7:57:56 PM , Rating: 2
That's correct.

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