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In 2011, Buick off the Regal nameplate and added it to the for the first time since year 2004. Unlike Regals (1973-2004) that boasted powerful V8 and V6 turbo- or engines, the new addition bowed an engine portfolio consisting of four-cylinder powerplants. And, reborn Regal is essentially an version of the Opal Insignia, a sedan developed by General German division and the winner of awards, including the prestigious European Car of the Year.

Last the Regal followed in the tire of the larger Buick LaCrosse by offering the Regal eAssist a $2,000 option on the 2012 The EPA estimates the Regal eAssist travel 25 miles per gallon in the and 36 mpg on the highway with a combined 29 That’s a 25 percent increase in economy compared to the standard four-cylinder model and beats other sedans its size.

For the Regal again follows the by offering eAssist as the standard model or, the Regal 2.0-liter model for the same $29,015 The base 2.4-liter engine has discontinued. The 2013 price is a $370 price bump 2012 but adds Buick’s as standard.

IntelliLink uses Bluetooth or USB to the driver’s smart phone to a display radio and stream from services like Internet Radio or Stitcher

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A (BAS) mild hybrid is the major contributor to the Regal fuel economy numbers. Motors calls it “eAssist,” a that is quite appropriate. The enhances fuel mileage by the gasoline engine, either by down the engine when the car to a stop or cutting off the fuel when cruising or decelerating.

It can some electric assist to the during acceleration, but not all-electric

eAssist has a 15-kilowatt liquid motor-generator that generates 79 of torque. It is mounted on the engine in of the alternator, providing both assist and battery charging via a system connected to the engine’s A 115-volt air-cooled lithium-ion pack bolsters the engine approximately 11-kw (15 horsepower) of power assist during acceleration or on demanding inclines and of regenerative braking power.

the Regal eAssist hood, the teams up with a 182 horsepower direct injected four-cylinder that generates 172 pounds-feet of The engine has an aggressive fuel during deceleration that added fuel savings.

A Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic has high final-drive gearing maintains lower engine at highway speeds, boosting An auxiliary electric-driven oil pump is to the transmission, which keeps it and the fluid flowing when the shuts down at a stop. sustains the transmission’s readiness to when the driver accelerates.

The and transmission are engineered to enable braking and battery charging coasting and braking.

Other to the Regal eAssist model an air-conditioning system with a efficient fuel-economy mode and 17-inch light-alloy wheels low-rolling-resistance tires. Also, stopped on a hill, a hill-assist captures brake pressure to aid the in making a smoother acceleration from stop by reducing the propensity to roll backward the engine is in the shut-down mode.

the Regal eAssist system, the Free Press says, doesn’t change the basic of the car. It simply adds impressive fuel economy to its virtues. The engine shuts off the car isn’t moving and restarts when you take your off the brake. The system functions smoothly than in some luxury cars.”

Euro Outside And In

The exterior transformation of the Insignia to the Buick Regal is a transplant of the Buick signature “waterfall” grille complemented by headlights. Retained are the German muscular, high-shouldered stance, roof, and distinctive reverse-scoop sculpting. The gently sloping window line, broad and prominent chrome window form the Regal’s most design element, giving the car proportions and drawing parallels the Lexus GS and Jaguar XF luxury

Automobile Magazine commented, also plenty of exterior to attract American consumers’ with bulging fenders, a raked roofline, and short

Climb in and turn the key and the instrument springs to life with ice LED lighting. Simple, elegant, an intricate scale giving a depth to the simple business of and engine measurement. An ECO gauge on the panel continuously responds to behavior, enabling the driver to with greater efficiency.

For a thorough summary, a power schematic on the in-dash screen flow of energy through the system, such as battery from regeneration and electric directed to the engine.

The interior and confidence are clear from the you clasp the deeply styled pull. From the doors, the swoops up to the dashboard and across the console and deep instrument before swooping back again at a shallow angle the front seats. Switchgear is crafted and the general build is on par with high-end European

Popular Mechanic’s reviewer “The layout is tidy, and be from any one of several European Flowing organic shapes and moldings surround you, and the are big, unambiguous dials a clear information panel them. The seats—though nicely and softer than what you d in an Audi – prove comfortable, if not supportive, for spirited driving.”

As for features, the Regal eAssist has a array that includes keyless entry; power windows, and mirrors; cruise tilt/telescoping steering column; wrapped steering wheel audio and cruise controls; seating; heated front with an eight-way power seat; dual-zone climate a CD/satellite audio system an auxiliary input jack for a portable digital audio and GM’s OnStar system.

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Two packages are offered that add items like a Harmon 336 watt audio system, a GPS with seven-inch touch-screen keyless start and remote

The Regal eAssist is classified as a sedan, but it rides on a 107.8-inch which is about four shorter than LaCrosse. means the Regal is a bit smaller, a tighter backseat. Trunk in standard Regals measures cubic feet.

It drops to 11.1 cubic in the Regal eAssist because the pack sits behind the cutting space and reducing the folding rear seatback to a


If the Regal’s European and driving dynamics appeal to then the choice is fuel or performance. The Regal eAssist and 2.0 Turbo both have a price of $29,015 but, offers a fuel economy of 25 city/36 highway while the 220 Turbo model turns 19 highway.

The closest entry-luxury are the Lexus HS 250h and Lincoln’s MKZ Both are full hybrid and thus offer better economy – 35 city/34 for the Lexus and 41 highway for the Lincoln. However, eAssist is thousands less both of these hybrids.

is another sign that technology—in all its variety of flavors—will increasingly commonplace in the auto However simple the eAssist system is, it has impressive fuel gains and reduces emissions. when paired with the Regal’s Euro styling and plus its under $30,000 tag, it deserves a place on shopping list.


The car retains the standard Regal’s character. It’s reasonably and connected (especially by past standards) and provides an overall driving experience—as long as not in a big rush. The steering still has a bit of a spot on-center, but that’s no of the hybridization.

Car and Driver

The seats are supportive and handsome, with stitched that’s repeated on door The three-point steering wheel and feels robust, as does the shifter for the 6-speed automatic

New York Times

The eAssist aside, the Regal is based on a chassis that is eager, and controlled in corners and at high The car looks and feels like a European sedan.


are manufacturer suggested retail (MSRP) at time of publication and do not destination charges, taxes or

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