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 |  Jul 21 2009, 2:42 PM

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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]