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Buick is continuing to improve and expand its lineup of vehicles and build itself into a legitimate luxury car brand. The latest addition to the Buick lineup is a new mid-sized sedan with a familiar name: Regal.
The car will slot in under the new LaCrosse, which is priced from $27,085 and will be based on the European Opel Insignia. Currently such a vehicle is offered in China (pictured above) with a choice of two engines, a 164hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 211hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder. And considering its European heritage we should expect a solid vehicle with some decent handling characteristics too.
“The transformation of Buick began with our luxury crossover, the Buick Enclave and continued this year with the launch of the 2010 LaCrosse premium sedan,” said Susan Docherty, Buick GMC General Manager. “We’re thrilled to announce that the Regal will be the next member of the Buick family.”
Buick has decided to bring back the Regal name as its one of Buick’s better known badges, despite the fact that the company hasn’t made a Regal vehicle (no pun intended) in six years.
Buick has yet to announce when the new Regal will arrive.
GALLERY: Chinese Market Buick Regal
The General holds private event, attendees tweet on 2012 Chevy Malibu, Cadillac XTS flagship and new ATS 3 Series fighter
If you’re a car junkie, Twitter is the place to be today. Ahead of a webcast tomorrow morning by GM CEO Fritz Henderson, the General arranged for a select few media to meet with its PR folks and get a preview of what the New GM has to offer.
Many of those folks have been tweeting on Twitter and so we have a good idea of what’s going on. In a press release from earlier today, GM said that Fritz will unveil a new model during the webcast. The only problem is, the tweets cover so many new models that we don’t know which one it will be.
Some of the biggest stories of the day include a new Cadillac model named the ATS, which is aimed at taking on the BMW 3 Series (yes pulease)! And it would be offered as both a coupe and sedan. Other Cadillac news includes a story we ran earlier today about the new CTS Coupe and CTS-V Coupe coming in May. Tweets also covered a story we ran several weeks back about the DTS replacement being called the XTS and using the LaCrosse platform – meaning AWD will be optional.
As for the Buick brand, there will reportedly be a new model added to that lineup – a mid-sized sedan due out in the next 24 months. This will no doubt the the Chinese market Regal, a story we reported on several weeks back as well.
In Chevy news, those lucky enough to be at the General’s party today got to glimpse the 2012 Malibu, well ahead of its unveiling. Additionally Bob Lutz still isn’t done getting peoples’ hopes up, saying that the Pontiac G8 might still have a life at GM.
[Source: Twitter via Autoblog]
General Motors is planning to bring over its Chinese market Buick Regal to North America as either a 2011 or 2012 model. The car is based on the Opel Insignia and is slated to be a more entry-level Buick, costing several thousand dollars less than the LaCrosse, which is priced at $27,085.
Originally, GM had planned to bring over a vehicle based on the Insignia as a Saturn model, but with the sale of Saturn to the Penske Automotive Group, the platform has now fallen to Buick.
Currently the Regal is on sale in China with a choice of two engines, a 164hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 211hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder.
The Regal is part of a new group of Buicks with edgier styling, much like that found on the 2010 LaCrosse. It is expected to fill a more entry-level position as Buick looks to move the LaCrosse higher up-market to fill the shoes of the Lucerne, which will be eliminated next year.
[Source: Automotive News via LeftLaneNews]