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    Why The 2013 Buick Regal Is More Expensive

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    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    August 30, 2012

    Last year, a base Buick Regal started at $27,055. For 2013, the base Regal will now start at $29,015, a jump of almost $2,000.

    Why the $2,000 increase? Well, the Regal will be following in the LaCrosse's footsteps and offer the eAssist powertrain as standard equipment. eAssist was a $2,000 option on the Regal for 2012 and it has been rolled into pricetag.

    eAssist will improve the base Regal's fuel economy from 19 City/31 Highway to 25 City/36 Highway.

    Source: Buick

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    yes, GM cars, particularly the Epsilon platform, need to get themselves back over to Jenny Craig really fast. I really hope Alpha is just the first in a long line of lightweight cars from GM.

    Drive the Regal GS first before you insist on a V6. I think you'd find pretty quickly it doesn't need it, just turn up the Turbo a bit, because a big heavy V6 will just throw the excellent balance out of wack.

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    Though they did drop the hybrid from the new coming truck line. It makes me think they have something new coming.

    Mark Reuss was tweeting GMI after that storty came out

    mreuss: @GMdudeinNA @GMInsideNews @nsap "new lows in headlines from some rumor stated as fact. Unbelievable. Lazy, silly, and sad. Bottom barrel."

    mreuss:‏ @GMdudeinNA @GMInsideNews: "GM Cancels Next Generation Hybrid Trucks, SUVs http://bit.ly/Q7oRgy #GMChat” @nsap new heights of irresponsible reporting."

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    Well, we knew they'd keep a hybrid fullsize truck, even if it's just for window dressing. Because nobody actually buys the thing.

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    Though they did drop the hybrid from the new coming truck line. It makes me think they have something new coming.

    Mark Reuss was tweeting GMI after that storty came out

    mreuss: @GMdudeinNA @GMInsideNews @nsap "new lows in headlines from some rumor stated as fact. Unbelievable. Lazy, silly, and sad. Bottom barrel."

    mreuss:‏ @GMdudeinNA @GMInsideNews: "GM Cancels Next Generation Hybrid Trucks, SUVs http://bit.ly/Q7oRgy #GMChat” @nsap new heights of irresponsible reporting."

    I had a feeling something was up. I just assumed GM may have had something new coming and someone only reporting what they knew.

    It is true few people buy them and that is why I think we will see more and more this kind of thing becoming standard. If you convince they they need it then you force them to take it.

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    That kind of dictatorial BS is most certain to elicit a Balthazar attitude toward new trucks across the NA continent. Does GM REALLY want that? Sales WILL fall through the floor!

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    Well, we knew they'd keep a hybrid fullsize truck, even if it's just for window dressing. Because nobody actually buys the thing.

    I'm expecting large gains in the effectiveness of this system vs the last gen

    with lighter weight and better battery integration materials etc

    I don't expect it to make it worth the cost, but maybe high twenties mpg city

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    Diesel is the path to better fuel economy, not an overweight hybrid system tied to a 6 liter V8. When CAFE hits 54 mpg, which is only 40 or so EPA mpg, they will need the Silverado getting over 30 mpg. I see a 3 liter diesel, perhaps with an eAssist, and 8-9 speed automatic and tons on weight saving measures being what the Silverado gets. Or they make an electric version if batteries are good enough.

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    back on topic, I know this isn't the response people want, but you can CHOOSE to go to the 2.0T as a NO COST option instead of the e-assist. So no, there is no base model regal, but like others have said the MPG will get more people into the showroom than the availability of a 2.4 w/o e-assist. It's not like Buick is making you buy e-assist on every single Regal they sell, and as much as we bash GM, how many of you are going to go out there right now and buy a 2.4 base Regal...probably none...it's not targeted at most of you.

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    Since the new CAFE standards are quite high, automakers in general (and GM in particular) should stop focusing so hard on hybrids and focus on something more valuable: cutting weight. Remember the old Geo Metro from 1989? That little car had high MPG for one reason: it was a bantamweight. Diesels would be great for trucks, but current and especially future GM cars need to ditch the tonnage right now. Too many GM cars could stand to drop 500-1000 pounds right now and GM would become the MPG leader almost immediately. No GM car or truck should be vying to weigh as much as my 99 Park Avenue Ultra (about 5000 lbs.). Smaller engines and e-Assist will not correct the original problem of too much mass.

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    GM is on a weight loss program now but it will not show in most platforms till they are replaced or models are moved down.

    The Alpha show what GM is doing and the Trucks should show some major loses. The Nox and Terrain will move to the Delta II and see a great loss of weight from the present 4100 pounds.

    It takes a lot work to cut weight in a major amount of pounds It also takes time and money to do a new plaform. By 2020 we should see a lot of weight cut by then but there will still be more work ahead.

    Look for little weight to be down even on the C7 just with the narrowing of the car.

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    The 1960 Ford Falcon:

    181.2" long

    70.1" wide

    109.5" wheelbase

    23 cu ft trunk

    The 2012 Buick Regal:

    190.2" long

    73.1" wide

    107.8" wheelbase

    14.2 cu ft trunk without eek-Assist?

    LaCrosse with eek-Assist has a truly pathetic 10.8 cu ft trunk, and 12.8 with normal powertrain (can that be right?)

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    Count me in on seeing the Regal with some sort of V6 option. The V6's today are much lighter than before with all alloy and compact construction. The LFX is a lighter engine than the twin turbo 2.8 in the Opel version of this car so there wouldn't be much difference compared to the turbo mills. The Impala and LaCrosse I rented with the LFX never felt nose heavy in turns and were a delight to rev. The most common complaint about the current Regal with 2.4/2.0 liter T is fuel mileage which is worse than many V6 mid to full size competitors. Neither of these two engines is very quick or refined. If anything I wouldn't mind seeing the Malibu's 2.5 hitched to a new more compact eAssist as the std setup for mileage seekers with the Malibu's new 2.0 liter T as the no charge up level engine and the GS should have the HO 323 HP version of the LFX when hitched to the automatic and the HO 2.0 liter T when had with the stick. These changes would be a win win across the board for this car with increased economy, power, NVH characteristics and far more appeal.

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