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  1. Buick News: 2018 Buick Regal GS Shows Up With 310 Horsepower

    Yep. Because the BMW or Mercedes will hold value, the Regal won't be able to offer lease rates like that, and they'll probably end up on Avis lots wrecking resale value.
  2. Buick News: 2018 Buick Regal GS Shows Up With 310 Horsepower

    But the German trio are luxury brands with cache. The 3/4-series and C-class have a lot of volume, people are willing to pay $50k for a 4-cylinder version of either of those cars. The previous Regal GS was a sales dud, so they raised the price $2,000??? Doesn't make sense.
  3. Buick News: 2018 Buick Regal GS Shows Up With 310 Horsepower

    This is an A4 interior, yes it won't have a lot of bells and whistles at $40k, but there are still options on top of the GS that can run the price up too. I'd love to see a Nurburgring lap time for the Regal GS. Question is does the Regal GS offer more luxury and performance than the LaCrosse that is equal price? Does it offer more than the Maxima, TSX, Volvo S6, MKZ? Kia Cadenza has Buick level luxury and a 290 hp V6. And pretty much all the cars on that list are slow sellers.
  4. Going one by one here: The Impala/LaCrosse/XTS trio are dropping now, that market isn't coming back, by 2019 sales will be so small on that trio there will be no reason to continue with any of them. And they are all related, so they all die together. The Sonic is another hurting car in a hurting segment. With the Spark at the bottom, they can import from Korea for the few that they sell. Cruze and Malibu can eat the volume just as Honda gets by with Civic and Accord. The Volt they can drop, because post 2020, many cars will be a hybrid or plug-in hybrid. So the technology stays, but they can put that tech in a Malibu, Equinox, Traverse, etc. CT6 could be dropped, but I'd be surprised to see them drop the Omega platform. Unless Omega can't support a crossover, then even with CTS moving to it and CT6, that isn't enough volume to make the platform viable, and they can just keep building the CTS off the Alpha chassis with Camaro and ATS.
  5. Buick News: 2018 Buick Regal GS Shows Up With 310 Horsepower

    Except a CLA is smaller than the Verano was. Buick gave up on the CLA segment because fornone it is small and for two the Verano wasn't that good. The Regal is sized like an E-class, if Buick wants to put their mid-sized up against the best mid-size luxury car in the world bring it on. I like that the Regal has the wagon and hatch back trims I think it makes it different than the Maxima or TSX or Camry. What makes no sense to me is $40k for a GS model with less torque than the turbo 4 model. And the GS is more money than the Lacrosse with the same engine and the Lacrosse is larger and nicer. The GS should be $33k or if they want $40k put a turbo V6 in.
  6. Buick News: 2018 Buick Regal GS Shows Up With 310 Horsepower

    Right the $25k start price of the Regal is what makes the GS more of a rip off. This is an uphill battle segment, and a shrinking segment. I remember when the Impala sold over 10,000 cars a month and that was 2-3 years ago, now it is under 3,000 per month. The mid-size sedans are shrinking away too. Malibu sales are in the dump and it is a new model, Cadillac sedans sales are tanking, the Bolt plant was idled because those aren't selling. Cars don't sell unless you are a powerhouse like Camry and Accord, or 3-series and C-class in luxury. It is just the way it is.
  7. Buick News: 2018 Buick Regal GS Shows Up With 310 Horsepower

    Mercedes has always been luxury first. And they always have had an "adequate" power engine in the base model, but also in the past 40 years or so they have offered a big power engine also. A 2000 E320 had like 228 hp, not bad for that time but not huge either. In 2010 the E350 still had 268 hp base, adequate, but not a performance machine, but they offered 507 hp too. Same with the C-class now 241 hp base because it is a luxury car first, but they will give you 503 hp if you want to pay for it. BMW has always pushed handing and steering and suspension over horsepower, but they have pushed performance from the get go.
  8. Buick News: 2018 Buick Regal GS Shows Up With 310 Horsepower

    You are buying luxury when you buy a C300 though, not performance, 241 hp is fine for that buyer, and for around $52k they have a C43 with a 4.5 second 0-60 time, which is a lot of performance bang for the buck. The Regal GS is like the Maxima, it is too much money for what it is. $42,650 gets an Infiniti Q50 Premium AWD with the 3 liter turbo V6 (300 hp, 295 lb-ft). So why pay $42k for a Maxima or Regal?
  9. Buick News: 2018 Buick Regal GS Shows Up With 310 Horsepower

    But the Regal GS has C300 pricing. I'll agree to Buick being as premium as a CLA or Acura TSX level car. Because those aren't luxury cars either. Even though the CLA comes from a luxury brand, it is more of a premium compact. Likewise with A3, 1-series, etc.
  10. Buick News: 2018 Buick Regal GS Shows Up With 310 Horsepower

    2018 ATS 2.0T Luxury trim with AWD is $41,690, pretty close to the Regal GS. The ATS has sold 7,209 cars year to date (down 27%). The C-class sold 7,116 in June alone by comparison. So I stand by my statement of them struggling to sell ATS's. And the Regal costs just as much, and is a Buick Regal, not a Cadillac.
  11. Buick News: 2018 Buick Regal GS Shows Up With 310 Horsepower

    So first off, Buick is Not a luxury brand. So no point comparing this to an Audi or BMW. Second, the Regal GS is no faster than an ATS 2.0t awd, won't handle better than an ATS, it doesn't have a Cadillac beating interior either and it has less of a badge. So the ATS is a better car at the same money and they can't sell the ATS. How will they sell these? The old Regal didn't sell and they raised the price and think it will work this time?
  12. Buick News: 2018 Buick Regal GS Shows Up With 310 Horsepower

    So Buick can rebadge a Malibu and it is a Lexus level luxury car, but if Mercedes takes a Navara Chassis and changes out the interior and engine it is failure. Got it. Most people don't really need all wheel drive but I think they should offer it on the Malibu because a lot would buy it. It is an easy option to sell in the snow belt.
  13. Porsche News: Porsche CEO Says They Could Drop Diesel By 2020

    Could drop? They should drop diesel like a sack of dirt. They are a sports car company, who actually is primarily an SUV company now but at any rate, throw some hybrid tech on this SUVs and drop the diesel.
  14. Nissan-Renault could be the largest car maker in the world this year, not a bad company to have a partnership with. If they ever need a favor from the Carlos Goshn empire they can.
  15. Buick News: 2018 Buick Regal GS Shows Up With 310 Horsepower

    If it had a 400 hp twin turbo V6 for the same price it gets more reasonable.