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Shaghai 2009: Buick Regal 2.0T

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Admittedly, Pink Floyd and Buick traditionally go together like asparagus and ice cream, but that hasn't stopped our inner-monologues from playing "Wish You Were Here" after seeing Buick's new Regal 2.0T.

According to our compatriots over at Autoblog Simplified Chinese, the Opel Insignia-based model features the company's 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine, tuned to give 162 kW of power (217 horsepower) and 350 Nm of torque (258 pound-feet). That's sufficient gusto to get the General Motors sedan to 62 mph in 7.7 seconds and on to a healthy top whack of 232 kmh (144 mph).

Fuel economy? Well, that's a good question. Our counterparts in China cryptically point to a figure of 7.2-liters per 90 km (the standard metric is per 100 km), so we'll have to get back to you on that.

The new Regal 2.0T is expected to join Buick's Chinese lineup in the second half of 2009.

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How much smaller is this than the Lacrosse? Now that Saturn is gone this could make a good Buick here too.

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:yuck: This reminds me of all the Jelly Bean cars of the past. PASS :yuck:
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Looks nice, but that engine would make this car a very compelling choice in North America.

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How much smaller is this than the Lacrosse?

Some 20cm.

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:yuck: This reminds me of all the Jelly Bean cars of the past. PASS :yuck:

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but that engine would make this car a very compelling choice in North America.

My thoughts exactly...

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if it came here, it better have a 6speed and no less than 250hp. ;) unless economy can be significantly improved by dropping down to....~230...?

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if it came here, it better have a 6speed and no less than 250hp. ;) unless economy can be significantly improved by dropping down to....~230...?

Sounds good to me. Give it a DI 2.4L as a base and a DI 3L as an option.

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I see a lot of Malibu from the A-pillar forwards.

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I see a lot of Malibu from the A-pillar forwards.

LOL... Funny you should say that.

I was yelling that from the roof tops when this car debuted (for Opel) but everyone here thought I was nuts.

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GM needs to get it here A.S.A.P. This is just what Buick needs to help the brand shed its stodgy, outdated image. I think its different enough from the 2010 LaCrosse in size and positioning to be included in Buick's lineup.

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Wow this is a really nice car even though it seems to have some Malibu in it which isn't bad from a design standpoint other than people bitching about it being a clone. :idhitit:

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Nice. Will it have the 2.0 Turbo Flexfuel engine offered here?

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I was yelling that from the roof tops when this car debuted (for Opel) but everyone here thought I was nuts.

You mean you're not? :P

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