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    Buick Velite 6 To Come In Plug-In and Electric Flavors

      Will be a China-only affair

    Buick is expanding their electrified options in China with the introduction of the Velite 6 plug-in hybrid and electric. They'll join the the Buick Velite 5 - a rebadged Chevrolet Volt.

    The design is interesting to say in the least with a fair number of creases and a blacked-out rear pillar on this hatchback body. 

    Arriving first is the plug-in hybrid which is comprised of a 1.5L four-cylinder, two AC permanent-magnet synchronous motors, and lithium-ion battery pack. With a full tank of gas and fully charged battery, Buick estimates a range of 700 kilometers (about 435 miles). Not much is known about the electric variant, aside from Buick saying the model "will adopt a new-generation pure electric drive system to offer customers a smooth, quiet and natural driving experience." The electric variant will arrive next year.

    Both Velite 6 models will come with Buick's new eConnect cloud connectivity system. Different drivers can setup their own accounts to personalize settings for navigation, audio, and internet use. eConnect will also provide real-time intergration of WeChat, a Chinese social media service. Owners can use their smartphone as the key for the Velite 6.

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    Buick VELITE 6 Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Enspire All-Electric Concept SUV Make Global Debut in China

    WUZHEN – The Buick VELITE 6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and the Buick Enspire all-electric concept SUV made their global debut this evening at a launch event in the scenic Chinese city of Wuzhen, Zhejiang.

    Buick also announced that the VELITE 6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will be launched this year and its sibling, the VELITE 6 electric vehicle, will be introduced in China at a later date.

    Buick VELITE 6

    Buick is focused on electrification, connectivity, intelligence and sharing in line with its Buick Blue new energy vehicle strategy. The VELITE 6 represents the latest application of this strategy.

    The two VELITE 6 models leverage electrification and connectivity technology from SAIC-GM’s parent companies, including Buick’s newest electric propulsion technology and connectivity technology. They are based on the VELITE Concept new energy vehicle that was unveiled in November 2016.

    The VELITE 6 has a dynamic posture coupled with a wide stance. The modern, streamlined shape aptly represents the innovative exterior styling that matches the new nameplate’s exciting technological character.

    The high-performance propulsion system of the VELITE 6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is composed of an EVT electronically controlled variable transmission, two AC permanent-magnet synchronous motors with a high-performance lithium-ion battery, and a 1.5L naturally aspirated engine especially tuned for hybrid vehicles.

    The motors and engine efficiently optimize power in different driving modes – such as the hybrid-driven mode of the motor and the engine, the single-driven mode of the motor, and the single-driven mode of the engine. It has a range of 700 km and combined fuel consumption of 1.4 liters/100 km.

    The new-generation modular high-performance ternary lithium-ion battery pack will be assembled at the new state-of-the-art SAIC-GM Power Battery Development Center in Shanghai. The battery incorporates leading battery heat management technology, providing independent and uniform temperature control of each battery unit via liquid cooling. This will ensure a longer life cycle and more stable performance.

    The VELITE 6 electric vehicle will adopt a new-generation pure electric drive system to offer customers a smooth, quiet and natural driving experience.

    The flexible and open cloud-based Buick eConnect technology in both models enables cutting-edge services and over-the-air update capability. With exclusive accounts, users can personalize their settings for OnStar, navigation, internet use and more. Music and destinations can be sent to the car display screen via WeChat in real time, for one-button navigation and listening. Users can also directly receive information about their vehicles’ condition and recommended maintenance.

    VELITE 6 users’ smartphones serve as a virtual key to enter and start the vehicle. They can authorize others to use their vehicles through their phones as well. Additional functions and new features will continuously be added to improve the user experience.



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    A Volt with more cargo room and possibly better rear seat room as well?  Sounds like a much more appealing car to me.

     

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    Very Cool info on this, I was wondering about it when I posted the pic above in the Buick Enspire thread.

    Thanks Bill, :metal: 

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    You know what, Moltar has said... because of my place of residence, I'm stuck in a time warp... but honestly, I would rather transport myself in THIS than THAT!  🤨

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    trinacriabob should like this because it has an upright, formal roof.  And look at the wheels-to-the-corners stance... so hot right now... there's like NEGATIVE overhangs... PLUS, it uses no gas, so dfelt should be pleased as well.  It's a WIN-WIN!

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    3 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    You know what, Moltar has said... because of my place of residence, I'm stuck in a time warp... but honestly, I would rather transport myself in THIS than THAT!  🤨

    amish-wagon-opt.jpg

    trinacriabob should like this because it has an upright, formal roof.  And look at the wheels-to-the-corners stance... so hot right now... there's like NEGATIVE overhangs... PLUS, it uses no gas, so dfelt should be pleased as well.  It's a WIN-WIN!

     

    https://www.investors.com/news/tesla-gm-joined-in-1-million-ev-sales-race-by-japanese-rival-nissan/

     

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    Nissan (NSANY) wants to sell 1 million electric cars a year by 2022, joining a race to hit a sales goal that Tesla (TSLA), General Motors (GM) and Toyota (TM) have also targeted

    Nissan will build eight new pure electric vehicles (EVs), based on the popular Leaf, the automaker announced at an event in Yokohama Thursday. It also vowed to launch "an electric car offensive" in China under different brands, as well as to bring autonomous driving technology to 20 models in 20 markets.

    By 2025, the company expects half of its sales in Japan and Europe to be electrified vehicles. That share will be 20%-30% in the U.S. and 35%-40% in China.

    Meanwhile, GM previously announced a goal to sell 1 million electric vehicles a year by 2026, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has vowed to sell 1 million cars a year by 2020, though Tesla's goal to sell half a million this year is looking increasingly doubtful amid Model 3 production bottlenecks.

    Toyota has laid out a similar annual sales goal of 1 million, though that includes fuel-cell vehicles as well as EVs. For its part, Volkswagen (VLKAY) wants to sell 2 million-3 million EVs annually by 2025, with 1.5 million pure-electric and electrified plug-in hybrid sales in China alone by that time.

     

     

     

     

     

    As of March 23, 2018...

    Nissan, Toyota, Tesla, GM, Volkswagen all want to sell 1 million EVs by as early as 2022 and as late 2026. These are sales targets...

    Tesla wants 1 million by 2020. They dont have to production knowledge to do so. 

    I keep on hearing that people dont want EVs...

    Well...maybe in certain parts of the United States of America.  But other parts of this phoquing planet...they want EVs...

    Infrastructure and range anxiety are all of the bullsyte argument variety. 

    If one wants change....change DOES happen...

    I have NO DOUBT that each and every one of these automakers WILL succeed in selling 1-2-3 million EVs a year EACH by 2030. Not here though. Not in North America. As long as people like you, BLU, who lives in a bubble...will NEVER happen! 

    MONTREAL is currently  hosting its 2nd annual EV autoshow. Like right now! Like April 20, 21 and 22.  Like this very week-end. SEPARATE from the Montreal Auto Show and a lot smaller. But it is growing...

    https://svem.ebems.com/home.html

     

    Its fine to NOT want EVs...

    Just dont snicker at the fact that the phoquing planet is MOVING away from gasoline engines...

    In China and in Japan for instance...the infrastucture for EVs is being built RIGHT NOW by LEAPS and BOUNDS...

    Yes...I know...the United States of of America people, much like yourself, dont want that change... 

    Its cool...

    Dont phoquing complain when people from OUTSIDE of the United States of America make fun of you...

    Just like you folk made fun of others outside the USofA...its payback time if you folk do NOT go with the flow...

    From the late 1970s...

    From 1985...

    Just before this scene...DOC makes fun of Japanese electronics...

     

    from 2018...

    Its not nice to laugh...but the Smokey and the Bandit laughter at Japanese cars was told in blindness.

    The Back to the Future laughter was satirical and an eye opener.

    The Trump thing was just flat out backwards and catering to the folk that are simply...simpletons...the simpletons of America dragging your beautiful country down...

     

    All this to say...America IS falling behind...

    America is NOT the world leader it once was... 

    NOT because America has lost it completely. Its because the WORLD itself has had a chance to catch up to America. Yes...thanx in part to America...but that is the thing. The world is such a smaller place right now... Other world powerhouses do influence the world, including America. 

    If you dont evolve with the times, be prepared to fall by the way side. 

    Take that as you will BLU, but change only happens if you want it. Success happens ONLY if you STRIVE for it. Hoping for the best and NOT doing ANYTHING about it will ONLY result in failure. 

    You see, other engineering brainiacs and innovative entrepreneurs ELSEWHERE on the planet get to dictate what is the future going to  be and if you living in Lancaster Pennsylvania can not see that and still see China and Japan and Korea as rice patty places and Germany and France and Greece as 3rd world countries devastated by war...yes Greece...Greece still has the brain power to reverse severe austerity measures...then you living in Lancaster Pennsylvania will be the one to be what those countries were in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s...

    Laugh...but that horse and buggy will be coming to you soon if you dont adapt...

    Laugh...but what Greece is experiencing right now, what the USA experienced in 2009, will happen again, but PERMANENTLY if you Americans CONTINUE to live a life on credit but FAIL to MODERNIZE!!! 

    Yes...MODERNIZE!!!

    Fossil fuels are coming to an end...be it 20 years from now or 50 years from now...

    Change needs to happen to YOUR country NOW...

    EV infrastructure needs to be built NOW...and not at a slow sloth pace its at...at the the rabbit pace its happening in China...

    California, Washington...its got it!

    Lancaster Pennsylvania...I feel sorry for you!   

     

     

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    Yes, change is hard.  Sure, electric vehicles are the future and we should embrace them. 

    But EVs have to be better AND cheaper than current ICE cars because it makes little or no sense to switch unless it has a compelling value to the customer, not the environmentalists.

    The issue with the USA resting on its laurels while the rest of the planet leapfrogs us is a serious issue.  Our current politics are such that few seem willing to embrace the future while SO Many Americans want to turn the clock back to 1980 if not 1960.  A lot of people in Middle America would rather have their factories (and jobs) back as if it was 1955 instead of chase the 21st Century, where they feel left behind. 

    This country needs to radically upgrade our electrical grid for security and efficiency right now.  Many of our roads and several bridges badly need maintenance and repair right now.  Perhaps the only way we can address these crucial issues is that we need an external enemy that kick our butts and force some real changes.  Sputnik forced not only the creation of NASA but also a renewed interest in STEM and serious upgrades in almost everything.  Most of our current infrastructure dates from 1955-1975 or so, if not earlier.  China is in several ways passing us; India may do the same.  What do we do about these issues?

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    If one wants change....change DOES happen...

    Very much like 'climate change' - no one is denying that change is happening. The analysis should be on; at what rate?
     

    18 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

    A lot of people in Middle America would rather have their factories (and jobs) back as if it was 1955 instead of chase the 21st Century...

    A lot of middle America would rather have their STANDARD OF LIVING back as if it were 1955. It's not about 'factories', although I do agree a solid manufacturing base is a worthy attribute/insurance policy.

    Age of infrastructure is a distant secondary to condition of infrastructure. Yet too often I see 'age' as the criteria of judgement.

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    I do not know at what rate...

    Actually I do!

    Quebec politics circa 1970s.

    There was the quiet revolution where the French people of Quebec fought back against their Anglais (English) overlords.

    Montreal was the city of the future just a few years prior to 1970. Montreal thinks big in the 1960s. New highways, new subway systems. Expo '67 highlighted that.  New international airport that debuted in 1975 that was one of the most advanced and futuristic airports at that time. The idea to have an international airport AWAY from the main city and having highspeed trains connect your airport to the city along with that same high speed rail system connect you to the other major cities surrounding you. Those would be NYC, Boston and Toronto were all on the table. The Summer Olympics of 1976 was the pinnacle. Montreal was on top of the world.  Then politics got in the way. Twice. 

    Those politics was necessary and for whatever reason. But Im not gonna delve into that as this is an automotive forum....

    OK...it took Montreal 40 years to recover from that. Those politics, necessary as they were, blinded Quebec people for the next 40 years and it took away from progress. 40 years. In that time span, Toronto surpassed Montreal. Boston, from a small town that was beleaguered in ghetto crime and in organized crime saw itself rise into a wonderful metropolis itself.  Boston dug itself literally out of the hole with many projects, including the Big Dig. Stopped the crime, stopped the brain drain, kept its students. 

    NYC saw the same thing. 

    Montreal...although we are still fighting off that organized crime thing, we are only NOW growing. The quiet revolution brought out the change we wanted. At a cost. But there were other changes that we did NOT think of changing. We tried. But we failed because other shyte was going down.  When Montreal was on top of the world, we even got the 1st Major League Baseball team that was outside the USA. At our downfall, we lost this baseball team.

    40 years of recession after recession after recession and broken down businesses. Empty building after empty building.  No new construction of anything. No new highways. No new international projects. No national pride. 

    40 years to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.  You think YOU guys have it bad? HA! 

    Its worse in Quebec. Well, it was worse. 

    As of now, not only are we thinking about new infrastructure as in extending our existing subway lines, we are introducing new electric rails for our people to commute. To highways. Extended highways. New bridges being built to replace the ones that are literary falling down. The Champlain Bridge is the busiest in Canada. Its failing. Its getting replaced... 

    EVs...Quebecois are embracing them. It helps though that Quebec DOES have Hydro-electric power. It has now for 100 years...

    The baseball team in Montreal will most probably be back with 5 years at the most.

    Eventually, the high speed rail system will be made to connect Boston, NYC, Montreal and Toronto. 

    Change...how fast you want it?

    Believe me...40 years is a long phoquing time.  I do not think you want to wait that long.  I do not think some parts of America will have the same 40 years Montreal had. We were lucky to come out of it OK.  We were lucky to have resources at our finger tips.

    Such as:

    We do have more higher education institutions than Boston does. Good ones too. Along the lines of a Harvard. We DO have a population that is literate and speaks a MINIMUM of 2 languages. We DO have a MULTICULTURAL background that gives us an edge in seeing things from different angles... 

    We have a port. Montreal's port is one of North America's busiest. One of the oldest in North America too. 

    Our seaway trade goes further than that. The North American indigenous peoples used this rivers to trade with one another. 

    Boston, NYC and New York State in general and other neighboring US states have a very close relationship with Quebec. 

    Montreal survived this way.  When Toronto and Ottawa were not so kind to Montreal and Quebec, we did have the US to turn to.  Does Lancaster Pennsylvania have these same resources?

    Do other parts of America  that seem to stuck in 1955 have that what Montreal has?

    Montreal was stuck in 1967 to1976 a looooong phoquing time!  It was NOT pleasant. We had our joie de vivre...but that was it...

    Good luck to you guys...I mean it!  But it was not fun economically during those times in Montreal...

     

      

     

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    I KNEW BLU would downvote!!!

    You are soooooo phoquing predictable!!!

    You scream and shout and whine about liberal Californians.   YOU SHOVE SHYTE MY way about how EVs is NOT your thang...

    How phoquing conservative YOU are...

    Yet when someone has a differing opinion that yours...you downvote away...

    Typical! 

    Like I said...good luck to you out there in Lancaster.  Or as a Motor Trend forum poster used to say about places like Lancaster. Bubblephoque, USA. 

     

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    Now now mister, I am more than delighted to downvote baloney, BUT that doesn't mean I'm trying to stop you.  I will get myself a kevlar scrolling wheel because ain't nobody got time for dat.  If I answer you word for word all of us will go deaf and blind from age trying to read all of this STUFF.

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    59 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

    Do other parts of America  that seem to stuck in 1955 have that what Montreal has?

    Have any specific towns/areas you think fit this definition?
    What is this definition, by the way?

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    1 hour ago, balthazar said:

    Have any specific towns/areas you think fit this definition?
    What is this definition, by the way?

    Im going by what YOU said...

    3 hours ago, balthazar said:

    A lot of middle America would rather have their STANDARD OF LIVING back as if it were 1955.

    Standard of living of the 1950s...

    WW2 ended a decade prior.

    Europe was war torn.  Japan was war torn. China and India were 3rd world countries.  In some instances...China and Indai are still 3rd world...

    1955 America...

    All was well...wasnt?

    Marylin Monroe. Joe Dimaggio. James Dean. Elvis. 

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    Well, you can rock it you can roll it
    You can stop and you can stroll it at the hop
    When the record starts spinnin'
    You chalypso when you chicken at the hop
    Do the dance sensation that is sweepin' the nation at the hop
    Ah, let's go to the hop
    Let's go to the hop, (oh baby)
    Let's go to the hop, (oh baby)
    Let's go to the hop
    Come on, let's go to the hop
    Well, you can swing it you can groove it
    You can really start to move it at the hop
    Where the jockey is the smoothest
    And the music is the coolest at the hop
    All the cats and chicks can get their kicks at the hop
    Let's go!
    Let's go to the hop
    Let's go to the hop, (oh baby)
    Let's go to the hop, (oh baby)
    Let's go to the hop
    Come on, let's go to the hop
    Let's go!
    Well, you can rock it you can roll it
    You can stop and you can stroll it at the hop
    When the record starts spinnin'
    You chalypso when you chicken at the hop
    Do the dance sensation that is sweepin' the nation at the hop
    You can swing it you can groove it
    You can really start to move it at the hop
    Where the jockey is the smoothest
    And the music is the coolest at the hop.
    All the cats and chicks can get their kicks at the hop.
    Let's go!

     

    You wanna keep on going to the hop...problem is...

     Times...they are a changin'

    That Jewish boy with the whiny singing voice sang that one a decade later...and from then even...times kept on a-changin'....and time keeps on a-changin'. 

    You in that quote mentioned a manufacturing economy is not ideal but as a safe guard...its good. Montreal actually does have a manufacturing industry that from the 1970s-1990s thrived. It still does. Bombardier Aerospace. Also...Quebec with Bombardier and its trains also stayed afloat...

    I dunno where middle America resides in all of this.  But I do know one thing. America better take care of herself going forward because if America does NOT educate herself, take care of her schools....which is a huuuuge problem, does NOT influence and does NOT accept influence from others, and just keeps on closing her mind to change, does NOT go with the flow, wants to keep that status quo, in trying desperately to keep America in 1955, America is in grave danger. 

    The calender on the wall  says 2018. 

    Marilyn Monroe. Joe Dimaggio. James Dean. Elvis.  

    All DEAD!

    if the French in Quebec have accepted to speak English...and they have...they always did accept to speak English...and if the English in Quebec, the ones that stayed, have accepted to speak French, and together we actually work on towards the future and we are not still stuck on the bloody Plaines of Abraham, (referred to as the French and Indian War in the United States). I surely would hope that people as closed minded as BLU is to new technology and EVs and all that will change...

    Im not the one downvoting anything remotely relating to EVs. 

    Im not the one remotely dissing the arrival of EVs.

    Im not the one remotely denouncing them. Saying stuff like it will take 50 years before the fossil fuels only START to begin to die off.

    50 years?

    Like I said...in America, perhaps...

    Instead of fighting over liberal this and conservative that...perhaps all that energy made to divide you folk should be concentrated on improving your education. Your schools.

    Your road infrastructure.  MODERNIZE it...

    Alls I hear is excuses. Its too old. Its crumbling.

    OK...fix it!  At that same time...when fixing it...MODERNIZE it!!! It takes trillions? Yes it does... FIX IT!!!

    Coal powered electric plants? 

    Hey...I do not know who voted in Donald Trump...but protecting coal was a numb-nutz move... 

    The future is NOT in coal...

    The Americans USED to be innovators...what the hell happened?

    Stuck in 1955 we are...

    MAGA?

    SURE!!!! 

    With coal?  With fossil fuels?

    The WHOLE PHOQUING PLANET WANTS TO MOVE AWAY FROM THAT!!! 

    General Motors ENVISIONS selling 1 MILLION ELECTRIC CARS by 2026...

    HELLO???!!!!

    WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT TELL YOU???!!!

    Not in America though...in China...

    What are YOU folk gonna do? Whine when China gets all the nice shiny and techy General Motors cars while we get the shyte? 

    Well...2026 is NOT that far away...Chinese people will be gobbling up the electric cars...and that Chinese Buick EV CUV has shwon us what at where is GM thinking about its future and the future of cars...

    What did GM give us in Detroit or New York this year?

    its quite telling...isnt it?

    So...while you ask me where in middle America does it pertain to Montreal or China...I honestly dont know and dont care frankly...

    Montreal is actually growing and evolving...is middle America? THAT SHOULD be the question you should be asking...

     

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    2 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    Now now mister, I am more than delighted to downvote baloney, BUT that doesn't mean I'm trying to stop you.  I will get myself a kevlar scrolling wheel because ain't nobody got time for dat.  If I answer you word for word all of us will go deaf and blind from age trying to read all of this STUFF.

    Problem is...

    You never actually offer ANY kind of rebuttal...

    You make fun, you chastise, you complain about anything remotely political that goes AGAINST your political spectrum. 

    You revert to sarcasm with stuff like kevlar wheels like the post I quoted you on...

    But you never ever offer ANY kind of rebuttal. 

    On the off chance that you do...on a rare occasion...an occasion so rare, it could be called a miracle by  bible belt Christians....its often short sighted. Its often full of half-truths and inaccuracies.... :(

    And when somebody actually tries to enlighten you...tries to show you that there is a different rerality than yours stuck in Lancaster Pennsylvania...you downvote and the whole process of you whining and/or making fun continues... 

    I understand fully of one's surroundings could influence one's opinions...

    HELLO...I COME FROM MONTREAL!!! 

     

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    The front doesn't really do much to make me think "Buick".  It looks like a Prius was turned into a wagon and had a Buick wing/insignia thrown on it.

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      The interior sadly doesn’t match up with what is being presented on the outside. While there was some effort to make the GS stand out with faux carbon-fiber trim, special sport seats, and GS badging, it doesn’t quite match with what is being presented outside. Not helping are some cheap plastics littered throughout the Regal GS’ interior. If this was a standard Regal, I may have given it a slight pass. But considering this GS carries a price of almost $43k, it becomes a big issue. The interior does redeem it somewhat with a logical and simple layout. No one had any complaints about whether the controls were confusing or hard to reach.
      Let’s talk about the front seats, The Regal GS comes fitted with racing-style front seat with aggressive side bolstering and faux holes towards the top where the belts for a harness would go into. This design seems more at home in a hardcore Corvette than a Buick. Before you start thinking that the seat design only allows a small group of people to fit, Buick has fitted adjustable bolstering to allow a wide set of body types to sit comfortably. With this and other power adjustments, I was able to find a position that suited me. Over a long drive, the seats were able to provide the right amount of support and comfort.
      The back seats don’t get the same “race car” treatment as the front, but they do offer ample head and legroom for most passengers. Cargo space is quite impressive with 31.5 cubic feet with the seats up and 60.7 when folded. The Kia Stinger I drove back in January pales in comparison with 23.3 and 40.9 cubic feet.
      The Regal GS features an eight-inch touchscreen with the new Buick Infotainment 3 system. As I mentioned in my Silverado/Sierra 1500 review, the new system is worlds better than Intellilink. The interface has been cleaned up with simpler graphics and fonts that are much easier to read. Also seeing noticeable improvements is the overall performance. The system is much faster when bringing up different functions or crunching a route on the optional navigation system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and OnStar 4G LTE round off the system. 
      With the effort Buick has put in, you might have the feeling that the Regal GS has something special under the hood. That isn’t the case. Under the hood of the GS is GM’s venerable 3.6L V6 with 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet. While the V6 packs 40 more horsepower than the 2.0L turbo-four from the last-generation model, it is also down 13 pound-feet. This absence becomes apparent when you decide to sprint away from a stoplight or exiting a corner as you need to work the engine to get that rush of power. A numb throttle response doesn’t help. If you resist from attack mode, the V6 reveals a quiet and refined nature. But again, you will need to work the engine when merging or making a pass.
      Before someone shouts “put a turbo on it”, Buick cannot do that as there isn’t enough space in the engine bay due to the design of the platform. We’ve known about this issue since 2016 when Holden was gearing up to launch the Commodore - its version of the OpelVauxhall Insignia.
      The nine-speed automatic transmission goes about its business with unobtrusive shifts when going about your daily errands, but offers up snappy shifts when you decide to get aggressive. A glaring omission on this sports sedan is the lack of paddle shifters. 
      Fuel economy for the 2019 Regal GS is 19 City/27 Highway/22 Combined. I saw an average of 20 during the week. This can likely to be attributed to the test vehicle having under 1,000 miles on the odometer. 
      On paper, the Regal GS’ handling credentials seem top-notch with Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system and a GKN all-wheel drive system featuring a twin-clutch torque-vectoring rear differential. The latter allows a varying amount of power sent to each rear wheel to improve cornering. In the real world, the GS is more Grand Tourer than Gran Sport. While the sedan shows little body roll, its reflexes are slightly muted due to a nearly 3,800 pound curb weight. The steering provides a decent amount of weight when turning, but don’t expect a lot of road feel. What about that AWD system? For the most part, you really won’t notice working unless you decide to push the limits or practice your winter driving skills in a snowy and empty parking lot. 
      Thanks to the CDC system, the Regal GS’ ride is surprisingly smooth. With the vehicle in Tour, the suspension glides over bumps and imperfections. The ride begins to get choppy if you One area that I’m glad Buick is still focusing on is noise isolation. Road and wind noise is almost non-existent. 
      The 2019 Buick Regal GS is a case of expectations being put too high. Despite what the exterior and sports seats of the interior may hint at, this isn’t a sports sedan like a Kia Stinger GT or something from a German luxury brand. But my feelings began to change when I thought of the GS as being more of a grand tourer. It has the ingredients such as a refined powertrain, a suspension that can be altered to provide either a comfortable or sporty ride; and minimizing the amount of outside noise.
      There lies the overall problem with Regal GS as Buick doesn’t quite know what it wants to be. Does it want to be a sport sedan or a luxury sedan with grand tourer tendencies? This confusion will likely cause many people to look at something else which is a big shame.
      How I Would Configure a 2019 Buick Regal GS.
      My particular configuration would be similar to the vehicle tested here with the Driver Confidence Package #2, Sights and Sounds, and Appearance packages. The only change would be adding the White Frost Tricoat color, which adds an additional $1,095 to the price. All together, it comes out to $44,210.
      Alternatives to the 2019 Buick Regal GS:
      Kia Stinger: The big elephant in the room when talking about the Regal GS. For a similar amount of cash, you can step into the base GT model with its 365 horsepower twin-turbo V6 and rear-wheel drive setup (AWD adds $2,200). I came away very impressed with the styling, performance on tap from the V6, and handling prowess. Downsides include the interior design being a bit too minimalist and the ride being a bit rough. Volkswagen Arteon: The other dark horse to the Regal GS. There is no doubt that the Arteon is quite handsome with flowing lines and sleek fastback shape. Having sat in one at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, I found it to be very roomy and upscale in terms of the interior materials. I hope to get some time behind the wheel in the near future to see how it measures up in handling. Disclaimer: Buick Provided the Regal GS, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2019
      Make: Buick
      Model: Regal
      Trim: GS
      Engine: 3.6L V6
      Driveline: Nine-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 310 @ 6,800 
      Torque @ RPM: 282 @ 5,200
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 19/27/22
      Curb Weight: 3,796 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Rüsselsheim Germany
      Base Price: $39,070
      As Tested Price: $43,115 (Includes $925.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Driver Confidence Package #2: $1,690.00
      Sights and Sounds Package: $945.00
      Appearance Package: $485.00

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    • By William Maley
      Expectation can be a very dangerous thing. You come into something thinking it will blow your mind and more often than not, it comes up short. That’s how I felt during the first few days into a loan of a 2019 Buick Regal GS. What was being presented didn’t match up with my experience. But over the week I had the vehicle, it began to grow on. That isn’t to say some issues need to be addressed.
      At first glance, you might think Buick decided to stick with a sedan shape. But the sloping rear hatch gives away its true identity as a Sportback. This helps give the impression that the Regal is sporty, helped further by short overhangs. By adding small touches such as large front air intakes, GS-specific 19-inch wheels. Brembo front brake calipers finished in Red, and a small lip spoiler, the GS transforms the Regal into looking like a red-blooded sports sedan. 
      The interior sadly doesn’t match up with what is being presented on the outside. While there was some effort to make the GS stand out with faux carbon-fiber trim, special sport seats, and GS badging, it doesn’t quite match with what is being presented outside. Not helping are some cheap plastics littered throughout the Regal GS’ interior. If this was a standard Regal, I may have given it a slight pass. But considering this GS carries a price of almost $43k, it becomes a big issue. The interior does redeem it somewhat with a logical and simple layout. No one had any complaints about whether the controls were confusing or hard to reach.
      Let’s talk about the front seats, The Regal GS comes fitted with racing-style front seat with aggressive side bolstering and faux holes towards the top where the belts for a harness would go into. This design seems more at home in a hardcore Corvette than a Buick. Before you start thinking that the seat design only allows a small group of people to fit, Buick has fitted adjustable bolstering to allow a wide set of body types to sit comfortably. With this and other power adjustments, I was able to find a position that suited me. Over a long drive, the seats were able to provide the right amount of support and comfort.
      The back seats don’t get the same “race car” treatment as the front, but they do offer ample head and legroom for most passengers. Cargo space is quite impressive with 31.5 cubic feet with the seats up and 60.7 when folded. The Kia Stinger I drove back in January pales in comparison with 23.3 and 40.9 cubic feet.
      The Regal GS features an eight-inch touchscreen with the new Buick Infotainment 3 system. As I mentioned in my Silverado/Sierra 1500 review, the new system is worlds better than Intellilink. The interface has been cleaned up with simpler graphics and fonts that are much easier to read. Also seeing noticeable improvements is the overall performance. The system is much faster when bringing up different functions or crunching a route on the optional navigation system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and OnStar 4G LTE round off the system. 
      With the effort Buick has put in, you might have the feeling that the Regal GS has something special under the hood. That isn’t the case. Under the hood of the GS is GM’s venerable 3.6L V6 with 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet. While the V6 packs 40 more horsepower than the 2.0L turbo-four from the last-generation model, it is also down 13 pound-feet. This absence becomes apparent when you decide to sprint away from a stoplight or exiting a corner as you need to work the engine to get that rush of power. A numb throttle response doesn’t help. If you resist from attack mode, the V6 reveals a quiet and refined nature. But again, you will need to work the engine when merging or making a pass.
      Before someone shouts “put a turbo on it”, Buick cannot do that as there isn’t enough space in the engine bay due to the design of the platform. We’ve known about this issue since 2016 when Holden was gearing up to launch the Commodore - its version of the OpelVauxhall Insignia.
      The nine-speed automatic transmission goes about its business with unobtrusive shifts when going about your daily errands, but offers up snappy shifts when you decide to get aggressive. A glaring omission on this sports sedan is the lack of paddle shifters. 
      Fuel economy for the 2019 Regal GS is 19 City/27 Highway/22 Combined. I saw an average of 20 during the week. This can likely to be attributed to the test vehicle having under 1,000 miles on the odometer. 
      On paper, the Regal GS’ handling credentials seem top-notch with Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system and a GKN all-wheel drive system featuring a twin-clutch torque-vectoring rear differential. The latter allows a varying amount of power sent to each rear wheel to improve cornering. In the real world, the GS is more Grand Tourer than Gran Sport. While the sedan shows little body roll, its reflexes are slightly muted due to a nearly 3,800 pound curb weight. The steering provides a decent amount of weight when turning, but don’t expect a lot of road feel. What about that AWD system? For the most part, you really won’t notice working unless you decide to push the limits or practice your winter driving skills in a snowy and empty parking lot. 
      Thanks to the CDC system, the Regal GS’ ride is surprisingly smooth. With the vehicle in Tour, the suspension glides over bumps and imperfections. The ride begins to get choppy if you One area that I’m glad Buick is still focusing on is noise isolation. Road and wind noise is almost non-existent. 
      The 2019 Buick Regal GS is a case of expectations being put too high. Despite what the exterior and sports seats of the interior may hint at, this isn’t a sports sedan like a Kia Stinger GT or something from a German luxury brand. But my feelings began to change when I thought of the GS as being more of a grand tourer. It has the ingredients such as a refined powertrain, a suspension that can be altered to provide either a comfortable or sporty ride; and minimizing the amount of outside noise.
      There lies the overall problem with Regal GS as Buick doesn’t quite know what it wants to be. Does it want to be a sport sedan or a luxury sedan with grand tourer tendencies? This confusion will likely cause many people to look at something else which is a big shame.
      How I Would Configure a 2019 Buick Regal GS.
      My particular configuration would be similar to the vehicle tested here with the Driver Confidence Package #2, Sights and Sounds, and Appearance packages. The only change would be adding the White Frost Tricoat color, which adds an additional $1,095 to the price. All together, it comes out to $44,210.
      Alternatives to the 2019 Buick Regal GS:
      Kia Stinger: The big elephant in the room when talking about the Regal GS. For a similar amount of cash, you can step into the base GT model with its 365 horsepower twin-turbo V6 and rear-wheel drive setup (AWD adds $2,200). I came away very impressed with the styling, performance on tap from the V6, and handling prowess. Downsides include the interior design being a bit too minimalist and the ride being a bit rough. Volkswagen Arteon: The other dark horse to the Regal GS. There is no doubt that the Arteon is quite handsome with flowing lines and sleek fastback shape. Having sat in one at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, I found it to be very roomy and upscale in terms of the interior materials. I hope to get some time behind the wheel in the near future to see how it measures up in handling. Disclaimer: Buick Provided the Regal GS, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2019
      Make: Buick
      Model: Regal
      Trim: GS
      Engine: 3.6L V6
      Driveline: Nine-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 310 @ 6,800 
      Torque @ RPM: 282 @ 5,200
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 19/27/22
      Curb Weight: 3,796 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Rüsselsheim Germany
      Base Price: $39,070
      As Tested Price: $43,115 (Includes $925.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Driver Confidence Package #2: $1,690.00
      Sights and Sounds Package: $945.00
      Appearance Package: $485.00
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Buick is introducing a Sport Touring package for 2020.  The ST is available on the Enclave Essence trim and includes a unique grille with body color surround, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels. The ST remains powered by the same 3.6-liter V6 producing 310 HP and 266 lb-ft of torque, the same unit in all other Enclaves. 
      Other features added to the rest of the Enclave lineup include a new next-generation infotainment system with 8-inch diagonal screen. When equipped, the system supports SiriusXM with 360L which combines satellite and streaming to deliver more content. The setup requires a subscription to both SiriusXM All Access and GM Connected Vehicle services (on-board WiFi). 
      The rear vision camera has been upgraded to High-Def and a High-Def Surround vision system.  Standard on the Premium and Avenir, the driver and front passenger seat are upgraded with 4-way power lumbar and a massaging seat. 
      Three new colors are available: Champagne Gold Metallic, Dark Moon Blue Metallic, and an Avenir only Rich Garnet Metallic.
      The 2020 Buick Enclave goes on sale late summer with a starting price of $41,195 including destination charge.


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