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Buick Regal

2011 Buick Regal

2011 Buick Regal (01)

The new Regal is expected to come out next year as a 2011 model and to be smaller than the new Lacrosse, although GM hasn’t released those details yet beyond calling the new Regal “the next member of the Buick family.”  I am excited to have the Regal back.  Believe it or not one of my favorite cars I have had as a demo was a 2001 Buick Regal GS.  I loved that car, it was quite, comfortable, decent gas mileage and the V6 had a little zip which made it fun to drive.

The Buick Regal is already in production in China and is one of Buick’s most popular lines in China, where it’s marketed with heavy emphasis on its sporty qualities.  In China, the Regal is powered by a 144-hp 2.0L four-cylinder, a 167-hp 1.4L four-cylinder and a new, 217-hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The same Regal can be found in Europe where it is also offered with several smaller gasoline engines as well as a 260-hp 2.8L turbocharged V-6.  It is also offers a high-performance AWD with a tuned-up 325-hp turbocharged 2.8L V-6.  Personally I would love to see the Regal get a 2.8L V6 Turbo Charged with AWD, that would be one heck of a sporty car.  I wish more cars came with AWD option… hmmmm Pontiac G8 GT!

Those who know their car history know that the Regal had a long and storied history with Buick, peaking as the giant-slaying Regal GNX in 1987 before dieing out in the early 2000s. Despite the half-dozen-year absence from the market, GM says the Regal is still one of the top names that consumers associate with Buick, so it’s coming back.

It is the continuous battle between GM when creating names.  Do not get me started on the colors, I am convinced that one person is paid  to just sit in a room and name the different colors that vehicles can come in.  There is just no blue or gold, it is either midnight blue, blue metallic, pewter, gold mist, etc.  Like the colors GM is always trying to freshen up generic things such as the nameplates of its cars.  So the brilliant idea is to bring back a name that they discontinued years before.  I love the Regal but I feel like that all new cars should come with a new name.  There is a reason why you discontinued a nameplate, it is because it was not making money and not selling.  I got a better idea how about stop discontinuing names and just stick with one name and have it forever.  Seems to work for other manufacturers.

Besides my tirade on finding a new name for the Buick Regal, I love the looks of the car and cannot wait till the Regal and Lacrosse are both on Buick showrooms.

Article on the 2011 Buick Regal via Car and Driver Click Here

Article on the 2011 Buick Regal via Edmunds Inside Line Click Here

Article on the 2011 Buick Regal via egmCarTech Click Here

Article on the 2011 Buick Regal via Motor Trend Click Here

Article on the 2011 Buick Regal via Inside Line Click Here

Article on the 2011 Buick Regal via Edmunds Auto Observer Click Here

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