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#1 of 750 2011 Buick Regal
Nov 12, 2009 (9:40 pm)
Today I viewed pictures of the 2911 Buick Regal , which will be introduced in the second quarter of 2010, on Edmunds and another site. Both the exterior and interior styling look excellent to me. The engine lineup will include or consist of (it's not clear to me which) GM's 2.4 four and a direct injection turbo four.
The Regal will compete directly with an all-new Volvo S60 and the Acura TSX.
If Buick gets the handling and driving dynamics right, this new Regal could be a winner. I sure hope so since, you and now are part owners of GM, albeit indirectly. The biggest obstacle to success may be that so many people are prejudiced against American cars, and won't even consider one. That, and the perception that Buicks are for old people is another challenge.
#2 of 750 2011 Buick Regal
Nov 12, 2009 (10:29 pm)
I read in Automotive News that a V6 will not be offered in the Regal.
#3 of 750 Re: 2011 Buick Regal [hpmctorque]
Nov 13, 2009 (7:03 pm)
Here's a small review of the 2011 Buick Regal, including some photos and the original press release.
"In Europe it is known as the Opel Insignia, but for the North American market General Motors decided to revive a name first used in 1973: the Buick Regal. Sales of the new sport sedan will begin in the second quarter of 2010, and its main competitors will be Acura TSX and Volvo S60. The 2011 Regal will be offered only in the CXL trim (additional ones will be added for the 2012 model year). The Regal CXL will be offered standard with a 2.4L Ecotec..."
You can read the rest of the article here: 2011 Buick Regal and more Buick related articles here: Buick
#4 of 750 Regal a Saturn Aura replacement right?
Dec 19, 2009 (2:44 pm)
So why no V6 option. Turbos are too complicated and I don't want to
bother with primu fuel. Great looking car, but I'm not buying a turbo 4.
#5 of 750 Re: Regal a Saturn Aura replacement right? [joey2brix]
Dec 19, 2009 (8:44 pm)
There's no V6 option because of the ever tightening fuel economy standards. It's not about customer preference.
#6 of 750 Re: Regal a Saturn Aura replacement right? [joey2brix]
Dec 19, 2009 (9:11 pm)
It always amazes me that people are willing to spend more for a well-equipped car, but don't want to spend a few cents more per gallon for premium. Be that as it may, all engines are complicated these days, and turbos are well-proven. I have driven turbo-ed cars since the mid-80's and have never encountered a durability problem. To each his/her own, but turbo power is going to be the norm now on anything that is non-hybrid, non-electric. Diesels have been turbo for a couple decades now. Now that things like turbo lag and engine oil coking have been eliminated, Buick has to provide this option to be competitive.
#7 of 750 Re: Regal a Saturn Aura replacement right? [gregg_vw]
Dec 20, 2009 (12:21 pm)
I hadn't thought about engine oil coking for a long time, but it was often cited as a negative for turbos in the '80s and early '90s. Can someone please remind me how this was dealt with? Is it no longer a problem with the new turbo engines, or is it only a lesser problem than in the past? Is it no longer necessary to cool a turbo engine down by idling for a while after a long drive at, say 80 mph, or rapid acceleration?
#8 of 750 Ignoring customer preference
Dec 20, 2009 (4:01 pm)
Is what got GM in this mess in the first place. Bigger V8's in camaros and vettes,
and 40 grand Volts will never make a dent in fuel averages as they'll never sell enough of them to make a difference. I can get an Accord, Camery, and every mid-size car with a v6, and GM's not offering one (and expecting people to fork over 27K!) Another big mistake GM. Check the Opel option list, I'm sure a small
V6 is offered in Germany. The Saturn Aura, the last generation of this car, had a V6 option.
#9 of 750 Re: Ignoring customer preference [joey2brix]
Dec 21, 2009 (6:32 am)
All manufacturers will be moving more toward direct injection, turbo'ed 4s. Fours in these size cars are becoming quite accepted and more prevalent already (VW CC, Audi A4, Acura TSX). They will offer a V6 option, but first they have to start building the Regal here, to make it financially feasible. The initial Regals will be imported to get it to market sooner, and at very unfavorable exchange rates. Once the factory is up and runnning here, you can have your V6. Meanwhile, you can buy a Lacrosse or Malibu. For many of the rest of us, I applaud GM for moving so quickly to issue a world class mid-size like the Regal when the company almost went under last year. I am a Ford guy, but it is quite clear to me that GM is introducing more new and revamped models more quickly than even Ford's stepped up pace.
#10 of 750 Turbo-4 vs. Naturally Aspirated V6
Dec 21, 2009 (9:06 pm)
Each has pluses and minuses, but one key advantage of the 4 over the 6 is lighter weight and, therefore, better weight distribution. That translates into better handling.