Friday, August 31, 2012
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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Standard eAssist, optional turbocharging continue forward-thinking powertrain approach
"DETROIT – The 2013 Buick Regal luxury sport sedan arrives at dealerships this fall with a standard advanced eAssist powertrain and 36 highway mpg. Two powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engines give Regal one of the most technologically advanced engine ranges in the brand’s history.
“With eAssist, Buick is redefining what a ‘conventional powertrain’ means to customers,” said eAssist global chief engineer Stephen Poulos. “It changes the fuel economy – but not the experience – for the 97 percent of new car buyers who aren’t buying hybrids.”
Where a hybrid vehicle requires a complex system of large, heavy batteries and electric motors, Buick eAssist uses a compact lithium-ion battery and a small electric motor/generator in place of an alternator to achieve an EPA-estimated 36 highway mpg for both the Regal and the LaCrosse luxury sedans.
The three main advantages of the eAssist system are its stop/start functionality, which turns the engine off when the vehicle is at rest; regenerative braking that gathers and stores energy that would otherwise be lost during braking, and an electric motor assist that reduces the gas engine’s work during acceleration or on inclines.
“It takes advantage of the best parts of a hybrid, and eAssist is now standard equipment for Regal,” said Poulos. “These new functions happen seamlessly, a requirement for Buick drivers who demand a refined driving experience. They’ll really only notice a difference at the pump.”
Buyers interested in more acceleration can choose from a no-cost option of a 220-horsepower, 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec engine or the 270-hp Regal GS, both with variable valve timing and direct injection. In addition to one of the most power-dense engines ever certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers, the GS offers high-performance Brembo brakes, HiPer strut suspension technology and unique design cues inside and out.
Both Regal Turbo and Regal GS are offered with automatic or manual transmissions; Regal with eAssist is available exclusively with a six-speed automatic.
The Buick Regal name, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2013, is a powertrain innovation pioneer. In 1975, it was the only mid-size vehicle in the United States to forego a standard V-8 engine for a more efficient V-6, while remaining competitive in performance. Three years later, the Regal employed a turbocharger.
“In 1978, Buick was the only mainstream brand offering a turbocharged engine,” said GM Heritage Center Manager Greg Wallace. “Only small, performance-oriented brands like Porsche and Saab were experimenting with the same technology at the time. It was very progressive of Buick to offer a turbocharged V-6 in a mid-size luxury coupe in the late ‘70s.”
Regal powertrain engineers continued that innovation 19 years later, when the 1997 Buick Regal GS debuted with the brand’s first supercharged V-6, rated at 240 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. It was among the most powerful and efficient vehicles in its segment and still achieved 28 highway mpg.
Today’s Buick Regal combines sport sedan handling with intelligent powertrain technologies. Regal with eAssist offers five more highway mpg than an Acura TSX and six more than a Volvo S60, while the Regal Turbo and Regal GS offer more power than turbocharged four-cylinder engines from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen."
Thursday, August 23, 2012
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
"Buick introduced the new IntelliLink system with the launch of the 2012 Verano and it is currently available for the Regal luxury sport sedan and LaCrosse luxury sedan. This infotainment system has added value not only to the vehicle, but also to the driving experience. Safety is important to Buick and the IntelliLink system makes it possible to have a safe driving experience while staying connected.
Systems like IntelliLink are becoming more popularsought-after features, but Buick is stepping ahead of the crowd with its latest announcement; to make the IntelliLink in-car connectivity standard for every 2013 Buick model. The addition of an in-car connectivity system can be overwhelming to some owners and that is why Buick has created a support network to assist drivers.
Buick has created a support network for customers who need help familiarizing themselves with new IntelliLink technology. The Customer and Relationship Services (CARS) infotainment Customer Support Team will provide one-on-one guidance for owners. In addition, the Buick YouTube page provides videos to help instruct how to use the following features Using Voice Command , Pairing a Bluetooth phone, Play Music from a USB Device and Customizing the Home Page. Buick has made multiple options to allow for every driver to be equipped on using IntelliLink effectively and safely.
Connectivity and Safety
Buick is taking a greater approach to luxury by having a beautiful vehicle experience inside and out. The IntelliLink system allows drivers to access phonebooks, make calls and switch through music, all with two hands on the wheel. The use of simple voice commands will allow drivers to place a call, have a conversation, and hang up the phone, all without ever touching the phone itself.
Pandora Internet Radio, Gracenote media database and SiriusXM satellite radio all add to an incredible music experience in any of the 2013 Buick nameplates. Owners can now stream their favorite Pandora selections right from a smartphone to the vehicle. Gracenotes makes it easier to identify artist, song titles and album art.
Using the connectivity with SiriusXM allows you to have a wide variety of music selections. Along with SirisXM Travel Link, available on most Buick models, it allows you to find nearby fuel prices, movie theater show times and weather reports.
Connectivity, safety and luxury are top of mind at Buick and they are building this experience into every 2013 vehicle. Take a moment to sit in and look at a Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Encore or Enclave; as they now all feature an infotainment system that will revolutionize how you enjoy your driving experience."
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
by Alex Luft Aug 13th, 2012
"So far for the upcoming 2013 model range, Buick has made IntelliLink standard across all models and updated the infotainment system with a few useful features. But the Tri-Shield brand is not stopping there, and has created a support network for customers who need help getting familiar with the IntelliLink system.
The support center, officially named Customer and Relationship Service (CARS) Infotainment Customer Support Team, for IntelliLink is based in Austin, Texas and will provide one-on-one assistance to owners. According to Buick spokesman Nick Richards, the support center will be accessible via a call to OnStar, who will then be able to transfer the customer to the support team. In addition, there is a separate 800 number that customers will be able to call to reach the CARS support team directly at 1-855-478-7767."
Friday, August 10, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
"The Environmental Protection Agency has released official fuel economy ratings for the 2013 Buick Verano Turbo. When equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual gearbox, the sedan returns 20 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg highway. More importantly, it manages 24 mpg combined. Those figures put it at exactly 1 mpg behind the base model's naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder and its six-speed automatic in every category.The Verano Turbo also ties the larger Regal GS with the same drivetrain in city and combined mileage, but loses out to its bigger brother on the highway front by 1 mpg. That's despite the fact that that the Regal Turbo tips the scales at a full 371 pounds heavier than the forced-induction Verano. The slimmer waistline on the Verano does pay dividends in the 0-60 sprint, however. The smaller Buick clicks off the run in 6.2 seconds, a full half-second quicker than the Regal GS."