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THE 2011 REGAL: A BUICK BRED ON THE AUTOBAHN

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Sport Sedan Blends Sleek Design with European Road Manners for Great Driving

QUICK FACTS

  • A new midsize Buick sport sedan with a European-bred driving experience
  • On sale in the second quarter of 2010
  • Based on the award-winning Opel Insignia and available now as a Regal in China
  • Modern, sleek design with great attention to detail and excellent build quality
  • Efficient, four-cylinder/six-speed powertrain with 30 mpg (est).
  • Turbocharged model available in summer 2010
  • Driver-selectable Interactive Drive Control System available in summer 2010
  • Available rear-seat thorax air bags

· Standard 18-inch wheels, leather and heated front seats, XM Satellite Radio, BlueTooth and OnStar.

LOS ANGELES – On Thursday Buick will reveal the 2011 Regal sport sedan to customers in the L.A. area. Armed with turbocharged horsepower, a driver-selectable suspension system and a firm, European-tuned chassis, it delivers a driving experience rivals the best import sport sedans in the segment.

“The 2011 Buick Regal is like nothing you’ve ever experienced from this brand,” said Susan Docherty, general manager of Buick GMC. “The Regal is the next chapter in Buick’s transformation and will expand the portfolio to include a sport sedan.”

The new Regal arrives in the second quarter of 2010, with its sights aimed squarely on competitors like the Acura TSX and Volvo S60. It has a longer wheelbase and greater trunk volume than those vehicles, along with standard features, including a six-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch wheels and OnStar, that aren’t offered standard on either competitor.

The Regal’s development is rooted in Germany where the globally led engineering team created the award winning Opel Insignia – European Car of the Year. The Insignia has garnered more than 31 prestigious awards and is the best selling midsize sedan in Europe. Regal will bring all of Insignia’s award-winning design, technology and European-inspired performance capabilities to the American market.

The Regal has already been a success on another continent, in China. It went on sale in December 2008 and more than 64,000 Regals have been sold there. Enthusiastic customers cite its sculpted, flowing design and responsive performance as the top reasons for purchase.

Regal at a glance

Regal will initially be offered in premium CXL trim only, with additional trim levels to be offered in the 2012 model year. The well-equipped Regal CXL includes the following as standard or available equipment:

  • Standard 2.4L Ecotec direct injected engine rated at an estimated 182 horsepower (136 kW)
  • Available 2.0L Ecotec turbocharged and direct injected engine rated at an estimated 220 horsepower (164 kW) – available late-summer 2010
  • Both engines have six-speed automatic transmission standard with driver-shifting control
  • Estimated 30 mpg on the highway with the 2.4L and 29 mpg highway with the 2.0L turbo engine
  • MacPherson strut front suspension and four-link independent rear suspension
  • All-new Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS) available with the 2.0L turbo, offering driver-selectable suspension settings and automatic driver suspension setting adaptability
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel anti-lock braking system, brake assist and electronic parking brake
  • Standard StabiliTrak stability control system and full-function traction control
  • Standard dual-stage frontal air bags, side-curtain air bags and pedal-release system; rear-seat thorax air bags available
  • Available navigation system, Harmon Kardon sound system, internal flash drive (1GB) and USB port
  • Standard 18-inch wheels (19-inch wheels standard with IDCS)
  • Standard 12-way power, leather and heated driver seat; leather and heated passenger front seat; Bluetooth capability; XM Satellite Radio and OnStar.

Design story

The Regal’s sleek design blends the sweeping silhouette and proportions of a coupe in a progressive package that suggests motion from all angles. Great attention to detail complements that aggressive styling, with tailored applications of Buick’s signature design cues, such as the waterfall grille, select use of chrome trim and superior fit and finish of the exterior panels.

“Regal is all about great proportions,” said John Cafaro, design director, passenger car. “For example, with the fenders flared to wrap around the tires. It’s an aggressive stance that people aren’t used to seeing in recent Buicks.”

The car’s performance-oriented spirit is also conveyed in sleek, sculpted body-side detail and aggressive headlamps that further suggest motion. At the rear, an abbreviated deck and tucked-in body panels are the hallmarks of a contemporary sport sedan, with bold taillamps and their intricate lighting elements reinforcing Regal’s attention to detail. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard.

The sweeping design motif carries over to the interior, where the side panels flow uninterrupted into the instrument panel. The instruments have the look of expensive sport timepieces and are lit with ice-blue LED lights. The center stack, housing the climate and “infotainment” controls, was designed to allow for a lower, driver-centric instrument panel profile. Features such as a thick-rimmed, leather wrapped steering wheel and firm, highly bolstered and leather-covered seats also support the sport-oriented driving experience.

“There is great design harmony between the exterior and interior,” said Cafaro. “The feeling of flow and motion carries through in an engaging manner that makes you want to take the Regal out to your favorite twisting road to see what it can do.”

A breakthrough interior

The Regal’s finely crafted, sporty and well-appointed interior builds on the exceptional attention to detail found in the Enclave and LaCrosse, blending signature styling cues with contemporary sport sedan aesthetics.

Regal’s firm, highly bolstered seats were benchmarked against the top import competitors for comfort and support, while a standard flow-through center console offers plenty of storage for passengers in front and back.

Smart applications of technology are also hallmarks of the Regal, including details such as a multi-function controller on the center console for operation of the audio system, navigation system and the Bluetooth phone. The faceplate for the “infotainment” screen is set at a 30-degree angle to contribute to the car’s flowing interior design.

A new era in Buick design is also seen in the satin metallic, piano black and new, Kibo-patterned interior trim materials. Kibo is a rich, dark, progressively grained wood that lends an international flair to the Regal.

Under the hood

Unique with its all-four-cylinder powertrain, the Regal relies on the excellent horsepower per liter ratio of the Ecotec engine family to deliver smart, on-demand performance that is also very efficient.

Both the standard 2.4L engine and the available 2.0L turbo use direct injection technology to optimize performance, reduce emissions and maximize fuel efficiency. The 2.4L is the same engine offered in the Buick LaCrosse, but in the smaller, lighter Regal, it delivers more agile performance. The 2.0L turbo cements the sport sedan credibility of the Regal, with on-demand power comparable to a V-6, but the inherent efficiency of a four-cylinder. To ensure responsive power across the rpm range, the 2.0L turbo uses a twin-scroll turbocharger that builds power quickly at lower rpm.

Distinct, uniquely calibrated six-speed automatic transmissions are paired with each engine. Both offer driver shift control that enhances the sporty driving feel of the Regal.

Driving experience

The chassis and structural systems were developed in Germany and give the Regal the handling and dynamics of a premium European sport sedan, as well as the quiet, refined ride and road manners expected of a Buick. The body structure is one of the most rigid in the segment which is approximately 25% stiffer than the previous Regal. This solid structure supports more precise suspension tuning and a quieter ride.

A relatively long wheelbase of 107.8 inches gives the Regal refined, well-balanced vehicle dynamics and comfortable ride tuning. Additionally, an independent MacPherson strut-type front suspension with single-path mountings and hydraulic ride bushings; a four-link independent rear suspension; hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering; and optimized four-wheel disc brakes are optimized to the capability of the individual powertrains and tailored to the expected use by drivers. Models equipped with the 2.0L turbo engine, for example, feature larger brakes.

Latest generation electronic stability control (ESC; or StabiliTrak), anti-lock brake system (ABS), and traction control system (TCS) are standard, with Buick’s innovative, Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS) real-time damping system offered on models equipped with the 2.0L turbo powertrain.

Interactive Drive Control System

Regal’s Interactive Drive Control System chassis technology (available on models with the available 2.0L turbo engine) offers enhanced vehicle stability and greater driving safety. It is designed to change the personality of the car based on the personality of the driver. A sophisticated driving mode control module continually monitors driving style utilizing yaw rate, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, steering wheel, throttle and vehicle speed. It defines the dynamic vehicle state, including acceleration, braking and cornering, to optimize chassis reactions. It also executes all of the IDCS driver selections.

All four dampers are electronically controlled and continuously adapt within milliseconds to the prevailing road conditions, vehicle movements and individual driving style. Chassis settings are adjustable by the driver, with Normal, Tour and Sport settings.

IDCS allows the driver to choose between three different operating modes which change the suspension settings, throttle response, shift pattern and steering sensitivity through the variable effort steering system. The three modes deliver three types of experiences:

Normal – balanced and optimized for all driving situations

Tour – optimized for comfort and relaxed driving on long journeys

Sport – optimized for road holding; enthusiast driving

Selecting “Sport” mode optimizes the car for dynamic driving, tightening the suspension and steering response and speeding up the reaction of the automatic transmission. The “Tour” mode is optimal for long distance cruising or rough road conditions, providing an increase in comfort. “Normal” or Default Mode is the perfect all-around setting for daily commuting and city traffic. The other major benefit of Interactive Drive Control is that it automatically adapts Regal’s performance settings to individual driving styles. When a driver begins to drive more aggressively it will tighten the suspension and increase steering effort and change to a more aggressive throttle response. When the vehicle senses that the driver is doing relaxed cruising, it adjusts settings for rolling smoothness and comfort.

Apart from a more rewarding driving experience, IDCS also offers safety benefits in emergency situations. For example, if an obstacle must be avoided when the car is in Tour mode, various chassis sensors convey this to the DMC and the dampers are stiffened within milliseconds, delivering greater body control.

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It looks nice enough, but...

  • I see a lot of Malibu in the front end
  • those rims are ugly
  • there's too much empty space in the wheel wells

That's quite a nice-looking interior, though. Very modern and streamlined.

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The car looks really good. The interior is awesome and the car is designed well.

The only thing I would change is the rear wing. I would get rid of it, level off the top of the trunk and make the trunk look a bit more like the LaCrosse.

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I really like it, actually as much as the LaX. The rims aren't my favorite but they aren't ugly either. I would like to see a few other photos with different wheels before I make up my mind. If wonder how roomy it is? If is has a big enough back seat I could see one in my future. GM actually has some new products out I like, the new Caprice, Camaro (both options for my next car) along with Regal, LaX and even the new Terrain.

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That is more boring than the Saturn Aura. Question is, why is Buick building a "sport sedan" (with 4 cylinders no less)? Isn't Buick supposed to be luxury? Even with 4 brands, GM can't get any brand focus. Buick building "sport sedan" import fighters that would have been Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs or Saturns in the past isn't a good brand strategy. If they want sports sedans, then Buick should have died, and Pontiac should have stayed.

Regal will get quickly lost in the shuffle with the Altima, Mazda6, Milan/Fusion, etc.

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That is more boring than the Saturn Aura. Question is, why is Buick building a "sport sedan" (with 4 cylinders no less)? Isn't Buick supposed to be luxury? Even with 4 brands, GM can't get any brand focus. Buick building "sport sedan" import fighters that would have been Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs or Saturns in the past isn't a good brand strategy. If they want sports sedans, then Buick should have died, and Pontiac should have stayed.

Regal will get quickly lost in the shuffle with the Altima, Mazda6, Milan/Fusion, etc.

Just like the Enclave and 2010 LaX got lost in the shuffle right? Not exactly both are bold designs and prove GM can build a GREAT Buick. You might actually see doctors in them again. The Enclave has been a sales hit, and still is, my little GM dealer always has at least two on his lot and they always sell. He has seen so many import trades for these isn't even funny. The last one he had a was actually a Rav-4. The new LaX looks to be that promising as well and the if the Enclave is any hint of what is to happen to the new Regal I have no worries. (My dealer has yet to get a new LaX but already has a few orders for them!)

As far as the comment that you can't sell a 4 cylinder sports sedan, try to tell Acura that! They have done it with the TSX for a number of years, even the Integra before that! Both were good performing cars and sold/sell well.

Buick actually might just get its mojo back. :twocents:

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That is more boring than the Saturn Aura. Question is, why is Buick building a "sport sedan" (with 4 cylinders no less)? Isn't Buick supposed to be luxury? Even with 4 brands, GM can't get any brand focus. Buick building "sport sedan" import fighters that would have been Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs or Saturns in the past isn't a good brand strategy. If they want sports sedans, then Buick should have died, and Pontiac should have stayed.

Regal will get quickly lost in the shuffle with the Altima, Mazda6, Milan/Fusion, etc.

Someone should change your sn to Anti-GM because that's all your post ever seem to be.

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Someone should change your sn to Anti-GM because that's all your post ever seem to be.

I couldn't agree more.

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smk is home because there is no school today.

lost in the shuffle? don't think so. This Regal was named European car of the year as the Opel Insignia and will be aimed at Audi A-4 customers. Should be easy picking considering Audi's spotty reliablity. Altima? Are you serious? Not with all the recalls Altima has had and Nissan's stepchild status among the Japanese automakers. Luxury brands can make 4 cylinders. Oldsmobile and Pontiac are gone, let's move on.

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smk is home because there is no school today.

lost in the shuffle? don't think so. This Regal was named European car of the year as the Opel Insignia and will be aimed at Audi A-4 customers. Should be easy picking considering Audi's spotty reliablity. Altima? Are you serious? Not with all the recalls Altima has had and Nissan's stepchild status among the Japanese automakers. Luxury brands can make 4 cylinders. Oldsmobile and Pontiac are gone, let's move on.

A4? The Regal isn't a small car and it isn't $35,000. My mom drives an A4, never in her lifetime would she step foot in a Buick dealership.

The Regal is the replacement to the G6/Aura, that is their target market. But my point is why is Buick making a sports minded car, when they are supposed to be soft, quiet, luxury. The Enclave and LaCrosse are at least roomy, have lots of creamy/beige colors, wood (or faux wood) trim and are quiet and soft riding. They fit Buick's image, the Regal does not.

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A4? The Regal isn't a small car and it isn't $35,000. My mom drives an A4, never in her lifetime would she step foot in a Buick dealership.

The Regal is the replacement to the G6/Aura, that is their target market. But my point is why is Buick making a sports minded car, when they are supposed to be soft, quiet, luxury. The Enclave and LaCrosse are at least roomy, have lots of creamy/beige colors, wood (or faux wood) trim and are quiet and soft riding. They fit Buick's image, the Regal does not.

I think the problem here is your idea of what Buick is supposed to be...people don't just want jumbo sized pillowy luxury. That's part of what got Oldsmobile, Buick, and Cadillac in trouble in 80's and 90's. Some people like sporty luxury without the hard chizzled lines of Cadillac or ass-rape that BMW calls a sticker price. If a brand/company wants to survive it has to evolve and adapt to it's customers. That is what Buick is doing.

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500x_2011_buick_regal.jpgThe Buck Regal is officially back, a re-badged Opel Insignia sporting two Ecotec four-cylinder engines including a 220HP turbo version with 29 MPG fuel economy. GM's out for mid-size entry-luxe blood with design and equipment set to turn some heads.

The new Buick Regal is back, and the specs read like a laundry list of ways GM could build a car to make people look at Buick again. As the car is based heavily on the Opel Insignia, the Regal wears almost identical styling save the badge on the nose. While the looks do impress, it's what's under the skin that's really getting us interested. The base car gets the 2.4 liter four cylinder with 182 HP and a highway fuel economy of 30 MPG while the uplevel car will have the 2.0 liter direct injected turbocharged four banger which saw previous duty in the Cobalt SS, though tuned to a less hairy 220 HP and still delivering 29 MPG highway. Both mills have a six speed automatic transmission. The turbo model gets something we need to know more about called "Interactive Drive Control System" (IDCS) which allows four different driver-selectable suspension settings.

Inside the Regal borrows heavily from the LaCrosse's playbook, with sweeping lines, dramatic lighting, and rich textures. Seems to be finished with a bit more modern and clean flair then the LaCrosse's traditional luxury bent. We'll be seeing more of the car at the LA Auto Show but until then, check out the video, press release and slew of images.

The
2011 Regal
: A Buick Bred On The Autobahn Sport Sedan Blends Sleek Design with European Road Manners for Great Driving

QUICK FACTS

* A new midsize Buick sport sedan with a European-bred driving experience

* On sale in the second quarter of 2010

* Based on the award-winning Opel Insignia and available now as a Regal in China

* Modern, sleek design with great attention to detail and excellent build quality

* Efficient, four-cylinder/six-speed powertrain with 30 mpg (est.)

* Turbocharged model available in summer 2010

* Driver-selectable Interactive Drive Control System available in summer 2010

* Available rear-seat thorax air bags

* Standard 18-inch wheels, leather and heated front seats, XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth and OnStar.

LOS ANGELES – On Thursday Buick will reveal the 2011 Regal sport sedan to customers in the L.A. area. Armed with turbocharged horsepower, a driver-selectable suspension system and a firm, European-tuned chassis, it delivers a driving experience that rivals the best import sport sedans in the segment.

"The
2011 Buick Regal
is like nothing you've ever experienced from this brand," said Susan Docherty, general manager of Buick GMC. "The Regal is the next chapter in Buick's transformation and will expand the portfolio to include a sport sedan."

The new Regal arrives in the second quarter of 2010, with its sights aimed squarely on competitors like the Acura TSX and Volvo S60. It has a longer wheelbase and greater trunk volume than those vehicles, along with standard features – including a six-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch wheels and OnStar – that aren't offered standard on either competitor.

The Regal's development is rooted in Germany, where the globally led engineering team created the award-winning Opel Insignia – the 2009 European Car of the Year. The Insignia has garnered more than 31 prestigious awards and is the best-selling midsize sedan in Europe. Regal will bring all of Insignia's award-winning design, technology and European-inspired performance capabilities to the American market.

The Regal has already been a success on another continent, in China. It went on sale in December 2008 and more than 64,000 Regals have been sold there. Enthusiastic customers cite its sculpted, flowing design and responsive performance as the top reasons for purchase.

Regal at a glance

Regal will initially be offered in premium CXL trim only, with additional trim levels to be offered in the 2012 model year. The well-equipped Regal CXL includes the following as standard or available equipment:

* Standard 2.4L Ecotec direct injected engine rated at an estimated 182 horsepower (136 kW)

* Available 2.0L Ecotec turbocharged and direct injected engine rated at an estimated 220 horsepower (164 kW) – available late-summer 2010

* Both engines have a six-speed automatic transmission standard with driver-shifting control

* Estimated 30 mpg on the highway with the 2.4L and 29 mpg highway with the 2.0L turbo engine

* MacPherson strut front suspension and four-link independent rear suspension

* All-new Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS) available with the 2.0L turbo, offering driver-selectable suspension settings and automatic driver suspension setting adaptability

* Four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel anti-lock braking system, brake assist and electronic parking brake

* Standard StabiliTrak stability control system and full-function traction control

* Standard dual-stage frontal air bags, side-curtain air bags and pedal-release system; rear-seat thorax air bags available

* Available navigation system, Harmon Kardon sound system, internal flash drive (1GB), hard drive with 10GB for music and USB port

* Standard 18-inch wheels (19-inch wheels standard with IDCS)

* Standard 12-way power, leather and heated driver seat; leather and heated passenger front seat; Bluetooth capability; XM Satellite Radio and OnStar.

Design story

The Regal's sleek design blends the sweeping silhouette and proportions of a coupe in a progressive package that suggests motion from all angles. Great attention to detail complements that aggressive styling, with tailored applications of Buick's signature design cues, such as the waterfall grille, select use of chrome trim and superior fit and finish of the exterior panels.

"Regal is all about great proportions," said John Cafaro, design director, passenger car. "For example, with the fenders flared to wrap around the tires. It's an aggressive stance that people aren't used to seeing in recent Buicks."

The car's performance-oriented spirit is also conveyed in sleek, sculpted body-side detail and aggressive headlamps that further suggest motion. At the rear, an abbreviated deck and tucked-in body panels are the hallmarks of a contemporary sport sedan, with bold taillamps and their intricate lighting elements reinforcing Regal's attention to detail. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard.

The sweeping design motif carries over to the interior, where the side panels flow uninterrupted into the instrument panel. The instruments have the look of expensive sport timepieces and are lit with ice-blue LED lights. The center stack, housing the climate and "infotainment" controls, was designed to allow for a lower, driver-centric instrument panel profile. Features such as a thick-rimmed, leather-wrapped steering wheel and firm, highly bolstered and leather-covered seats also support the sport-oriented driving experience.

"There is great design harmony between the exterior and interior," said Cafaro. "The feeling of flow and motion carries through in an engaging manner that makes you want to take the Regal out to your favorite twisting road to see what it can do."

A breakthrough interior

The Regal's finely crafted, sporty and well-appointed interior builds on the exceptional attention to detail found in the Enclave and LaCrosse, blending signature styling cues with contemporary sport sedan aesthetics.

Regal's firm, highly bolstered seats were benchmarked against the top import competitors for comfort and support, while a standard flow-through center console offers plenty of storage for passengers in the front and back.

Smart applications of technology are also hallmarks of the Regal, including details such as a multi-function controller on the center console for operation of the audio system, navigation system and the Bluetooth phone. The faceplate for the "infotainment" screen is set at a 30-degree angle to contribute to the car's flowing interior design.

A new era in Buick design is also seen in the satin metallic, piano black and new, Kibo-patterned interior trim materials. Kibo is a rich, dark, progressively grained wood that lends an international flair to the Regal.

Under the hood

Unique with its all-four-cylinder powertrain, the Regal relies on the excellent horsepower-per-liter ratio of the Ecotec engine family to deliver smart, on-demand performance that is also very efficient.

Both the standard 2.4L engine and the available 2.0L turbo use direct injection technology to optimize performance, reduce emissions and maximize fuel efficiency. The 2.4L is the same engine offered in the Buick LaCrosse, but in the smaller, lighter Regal, it delivers more agile performance. The 2.0L turbo cements the sport sedan credibility of the Regal, with on-demand power comparable to a V-6, but the inherent efficiency of a four-cylinder. To ensure responsive power across the rpm range, the 2.0L turbo uses a twin-scroll turbocharger that builds power quickly at lower rpm.

Distinct, uniquely calibrated six-speed automatic transmissions are paired with each engine. Both offer driver shift control that enhances the sporty driving feel of the Regal.

Driving experience

The chassis and structural systems were developed in Germany and give the Regal the handling and dynamics of a premium European sport sedan, as well as the quiet, refined ride and road manners expected of a Buick. The body structure is one of the most rigid in the segment, which is approximately 25-percent stiffer than the previous Regal. This solid structure supports more precise suspension tuning and a quieter ride.

A relatively long wheelbase of 107.8 inches (2738 mm) gives the Regal refined, well-balanced vehicle dynamics and supports comfortable ride tuning. Additionally, an independent MacPherson strut-type front suspension with single-path mountings and hydraulic ride bushings; a four-link independent rear suspension; hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering; and optimized four-wheel disc brakes are optimized to the capability of the individual powertrains and tailored to the expected use by drivers. Models equipped with the 2.0L turbo engine, for example, feature larger brakes.

Latest-generation electronic stability control (ESC or StabiliTrak), anti-lock brake system (ABS), and traction control system (TCS) are standard with Buick's innovative, Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS) real-time damping system offered on models equipped with the 2.0L turbo powertrain.

Interactive Drive Control System

Regal's Interactive Drive Control System chassis technology (available on models with the available 2.0L turbo engine) offers enhanced vehicle stability and greater driving safety. It is designed to change the personality of the car based on the personality of the driver. A sophisticated driving mode control module continually monitors driving style utilizing yaw rate, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, steering wheel, throttle and vehicle speed. It defines the dynamic vehicle state, including acceleration, braking and cornering, to optimize chassis reactions. It also executes all of the IDCS driver selections.

All four dampers are electronically controlled and continuously adapt within milliseconds to the prevailing road conditions, vehicle movements and individual driving style. Chassis settings are adjustable by the driver, with Normal, Tour and Sport settings.

IDCS allows the driver to choose between three different operating modes that change the suspension settings, throttle response, shift pattern and steering sensitivity through the variable effort steering system. The three modes deliver three types of experiences:

* Normal – balanced and optimized for all driving situations

* Tour – optimized for comfort and relaxed driving on long journeys

* Sport – optimized for road holding; enthusiast driving .

Selecting "Sport" mode optimizes the car for dynamic driving, tightening the suspension and steering response and speeding up the reaction of the automatic transmission. The "Tour" mode is optimal for long-distance cruising or rough road conditions, providing an increase in comfort. "Normal" or Default Mode is the perfect all-around setting for daily commuting and city traffic. The other major benefit of Interactive Drive Control is that it automatically adapts Regal's performance settings to individual driving styles. When a driver begins to drive more aggressively it will tighten the suspension and increase steering effort and change to a more aggressive throttle response. When the vehicle senses that the driver is doing relaxed cruising, it adjusts settings for rolling smoothness and comfort.

Apart from a more rewarding driving experience, IDCS also offers safety benefits in emergency situations. For example, if an obstacle must be avoided when the car is in Tour mode, various chassis sensors convey this to the DMC and the dampers are stiffened within milliseconds, delivering greater body control.

[source: GM]

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Needs Ventiports on the hood, like the new LaCrosse and Delta Buick. I cannot get the slideshow to work at the link, all I can see is photo #1.

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2011 Buick Regal - Click above for high-res image gallery

Once up a time in the '80s, it was fashionable in Detroit to create so-called Euro-sedans by taking conventional mainstream grandma-mobiles and painting all the chrome black, dispensing with the white walls and installing overly stiff springs. Fortunately, those dark days are gone and General Motors and Ford at least have gotten their heads around how to build the kind of cars they sell in Europe. Just bring over European cars.

When bankrupt GM decreed that Buick would survive as one of the company's four core brands, it quickly became clear that Buick would need more models to flesh out its showrooms alongside the LaCrosse and Enclave. It wasn't long before it became obvious that the next addition would be a new Regal. The Regal is already available in Buick's biggest market of China and it's coming back to North America in 2010 as a 2011 model. Anyone familiar with the Opel Insignia will immediately recognize the Regal as the same car with the brand's trademark waterfall grille swapped in. Read on after the jump for more information.


Gallery: 2011 Buick Regal

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i can only see one 1pic using their < > arrows... i'll try something else.

edit. ok had to "hack the url"..

yes the wheels are not "buick" but otherwise it's certainly good looking. not OMG, but good.

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I think the problem here is your idea of what Buick is supposed to be...people don't just want jumbo sized pillowy luxury. That's part of what got Oldsmobile, Buick, and Cadillac in trouble in 80's and 90's. Some people like sporty luxury without the hard chizzled lines of Cadillac or ass-rape that BMW calls a sticker price. If a brand/company wants to survive it has to evolve and adapt to it's customers. That is what Buick is doing.

I think you hit the nail right on the head here. I think Buick is doing this and they are finding customers who want exactly this. I also thing that back in the 40-60s this is what they were doing too. Sporty luxury without the flash of a Cadillac.

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I think the problem here is your idea of what Buick is supposed to be...people don't just want jumbo sized pillowy luxury. That's part of what got Oldsmobile, Buick, and Cadillac in trouble in 80's and 90's. Some people like sporty luxury without the hard chizzled lines of Cadillac or ass-rape that BMW calls a sticker price. If a brand/company wants to survive it has to evolve and adapt to it's customers. That is what Buick is doing.

Excellent post.

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Article on Autoblog today says it will be 4cyl only..surprising considering isn't it Malibu sized and priced above the Malibu?

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I really like the interior, even in plain black which is unusual for me. I also like the 2.0T although it could probably make some more power. I'm still not sure how I feel about the headlights, taillights, and the odd shaped spoiler, but I really want to see it in person. Still hoping they'll be smart enought to make a 6M available before I'm in the market for a new car in about a year.

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Can't find the edit button, so I guess another post it will be.

I find it odd that the front fascias on the American Regal and Chinese Regal are different. (maybe an MCE for China?) I like our grille better, but the lower fascia and foglights on the Chinese version look sportier...

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Someone should change your sn to Anti-GM because that's all your post ever seem to be.

A4? The Regal isn't a small car and it isn't $35,000. My mom drives an A4, never in her lifetime would she step foot in a Buick dealership.

I was thinking BlaBlaBlah but that's not fair. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and if a Buick isn't good enough for his Mum than it is not good enough for him.

As for me, I think it looks good and would give it a shake.

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When I see pricing, I think this is it for me. Around November 2010 is when I'm most probably making a car purchase.

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