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2011 Buick Regal revealed live at the Hollywood Palladium - Autoblog
by Jonny Lieberman
on Nov 13th 2009 at 11:57AM

...The new Regal, especially under these conditions, defines a new rule – the pictures simply don't do it justice. We know it has much to do with more sophisticated manufacturing techniques and computer this that and the other, but the Regal we stared at for a good solid hour has an allure and a sophistication -- and dare we say, elegance -- to it that isn't really coming across in 2D. Flattening out Welburn's team's subtle curves and creases just doesn't work. Point is, in person the Regal has presence...
 

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Buick Regal likely to be launch platform for next GM hybrid system - Autoblog
by Sam Abuelsamid
on Nov 13th 2009 at 6:59PM
...Earlier this year, documents were leaked that listed the Oshawa plant as building a new mid-size hybrid sedan in 2011. It looks like the Regal will be that car with GM's new second generation mild hybrid system that was announced in 2008. The new system uses a more powerful motor/generator and a lithium ion battery. According to Ward's Auto World, the Regal could also get GM's plug-in two mode hybrid system, but that likely won't appear before late 2011 at the earliest.

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Report: New Buick Regal Will be First to Get GM’s New Hybrid Drivetrain, and Possibly Plug-in
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GM is set to launch a brand new version of its classic Buick Regal sedan.

Discontinued in 2004, the new Regal is a rebadged and slightly redesigned version of the Opel Insignia which is already popular in Europe. The new Regal which will begin selling next year in the US as a 2011 model will initially be built in Germany for its first 12 to 15 months of production. It will begin production in North America in 2011.

According to a report in Wards’ Auto, GM will begin production of a mild-hybrid version of the Regal later that year. This would then be the first vehicle GM makes using its second-generation belt/alternator/starter or BAS+ hybrid system. The system is reported to achieve 20% increase in fuel economy over standard gas versions of the vehicle.

The new BAS+ system has a 120 V lithium ion pack made by Hitachi and, takes up 24% less space, has 40% less mass, and has 33% more power than the current system, such as the one found in the Malibu Hybrid. That car was discontinued due to weak demand. The new system has slow speed EV only operation, electric assist during acceleration and engine off at stops.

The Regal will launch initially with a 2.4 L 4-cylinder direct injection engine. A 2.0 L turbo model, expected achieve 30 mpg on the highway will follow next year.

Jim Frederico, the Regal’s vehicle line director told Ward’s that the car has the appropriate dimensions to house not only the BAS+ system but also the upcoming 2-mode plugin drivetrain as well.

That drivetrain was initially intended for the Saturn VUE. After Saturn was terminated, GM next said it would appear in a similar-sized small Buick SUV. After those plans were also scrapped from negative public feedback GM hasn’t announced where the drivetrain would debut.

Placing it in this mid-sized sedan may be just the right solution. What do you think?

Source (Wards Auto, subscription required)

 
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