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2012 Buick Regal GS

As winter finally (hopefully) winds to a close and spring is upon us, we have started looking forward to the next sports car that will be gracing our showroom. The 2012 Buick Regal GS is an all-new trim level of the recently released model that comes with a few tweaks to an already solid car. The GS will get a turbocharged 2.0L Ecotec engine delivering 255 horsepower and 295 lb. ft. of torque, which Buick claims will get the car from 0-60 in under 7 seconds. Other equipment will include four-wheel disc brakes with Brembo front calipers, and 19-inch alloy wheels (20 inch wheels with performance tires will be optional.) The GS will also have unique front and rear fascias with a GS specific grille and additional air intake, as well as rocker panel extensions and an intergrated rear spoiler. Interior wise, the car will have 12-way power leather front seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, metal pedals and satin-finished accents throughout the cabin. One of the more interesting features is the Interactive Driving Control, which will enable drivers to select from three suspension/steering settings: Standard, Sport, and GS.

As the last of the this snow finally melts, we are left to salivate over the arrival of the latest Buick, looks like we’ll have to wait until mid-summer for the GS to hit our lot and it can’t come fast enough. For now, enjoy some pics!

Its Official: The 2012 Buick Verano

Along with the GMC All-Terrain HD from the last post, GM has another exciting addition to the 2011 Detroit Auto Show – The 2012 Buick Verano. The Verano is built on the same Delta II platform as the Chevy Cruze, but takes its styling cues from its big brothers the Regal and Lacrosse.

The on-sale date for the Verano (In the US anyway) is slated to be the end of 2011, but GM has released some specs of the baby Buick. Like the Regal, the Verano will be a front-wheel drive sedan, and will also share the 2.4L direct injection engine which produces 177 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. GM has also hinted that a 2.0L turbo will be available in the future, and although no specs were released on that engine, you’d be safe to guess it will be the same turbo coming in the Regal.

Although closer in size to the Regal, the Verano seems to take its front fascia design from the larger Lacrosse sedan, with its side body styling staying closer to the Regal. The rear end is completely new, with downward sloping taillamps adorned with chrome trim above. 17 inch wheels will come standard on the car, with 18 inch wheels also available on the higher models.

Interior wise, the car is all that you would expect from a Buick. It has the size and usefulness of the Cruze, with the higher end materials and fit and finish of the other members of the Buick family. Although the car is almost 9 inches shorter than the Regal, it is only 2 inches narrower and nearly the same height as its big brother, so the Verano will have the capacity (and easy room for 4 adults) of the Cruze. OnStar will be standard on the Verano, as with all new GM vehicles, and optional luxuries will include push button start, dual zone climate control, heated seats, and the ever useful heated steering wheel.

Canadian pricing hasn’t been announced, but according to sources in the US it looks like American units will start around $21,000 and top out just over $26,000 for a top of the line model with all the bells and whistles. We’ll wait to see and hear more about this one at the NAIAS next week.

**Thanks to AutoBlog for the pictures

Win an iPad at Davis Buick GMC!

That’s right folks – we’re giving away an Apple iPad this week here at Davis! We are having our Super Sale at the Cypress Centre this week, and one of our lucky customers will be walking away with an iPad. All customers who purchase a new or used vehicle at the Super Sale will be entered into a draw, and a winning name will be pulled at the end of the week. So if you’re in the market for a new or used car, SUV, van or truck come down to the Cypress Centre and check out the great deals – you could come away with an iPad!

Buick is BACK

The last time Buick had graced the cover of Motor Trend magazine was way back in August of 1982, with the release of the Century T-Type. We couldn’t be happier to see that Buick is now getting the recognition is properly deserves while it transforms itself from “grandpa’s car” into a modern, premium brand. That revolution started with the release of the Enclave a couple years back, and continued with the release of the LaCrosse luxury sedan last year, and now with the release of the Regal sport sedan this year.

I’ll be the first to admit that before the transformation, Buick was stale – I, being in my early twenties, would never have considered buying a Buick. The last model that appealed to me would have been the late-80’s GNX, of which you’ll find about 400 examples nation wide, and was more of an anomaly for Buick than a stepping stone. The cars of the 90’s and into the 2000’s were made and marketed for the older generation, with no regard for young buyers in mind. The Enclave was really the first step Buick took to become proactive in looking for customers in a new demographic – sure it’s still got the luxury and ride to appeal to the older generation, but take one look at it and you can’t tell me it wouldn’t fit right in in the garage of a young family.

The LaCrosse came next, and that really got everyone thinking about the new direction this brand was heading in – like the Enclave it still had all the amenities you would want out of the Buick, but in a much, much more appealing (for me, anyway) package. Not to mention the slew of technological options inside – ie stereo, navigation, flip up rear DVD screens – that could be had.

 Lastly, and finally, came the Regal this year. After generating buzz at auto shows with its new styling and flair, dealers started getting their first shipments of the new sport sedan in spring of this year. In his review of the 2011 Regal, Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief Angus Mackenzie says the Regal “is the first Buick in history with internationally chic sheetmetal and sophisticated road manners to match,” and that it “is truly likely to appeal to young, affluent, trend-setting import buyers.” I couldn’t agree with him more – I’ve never looked at a Buick the way I look at the Regal, and a couple years ago when we were selling Centurys and Park Avenues (great cars in their own right, just not my style) I would have never imagined a Buick being compared to a Lexus or Audi the way the Regal and LaCrosse have been. This coming year we are expecting to see the Regal GS – although it hasn’t been officially announced by GM – and I can’t wait to see the buzz around that car. A Buick AWD sport sedan with a turbo and 6-speed stick you say? Sign me up. The latest word we’ve got has been hinting at a small premium car, as well as a small cross-over in the coming years – I say if they keep up the work they’ve done with their last few models, keep ’em coming!

First Look – 2011 Buick Regal

All of us here at Davis were excited to hear we would be receiving one of the first 2011 Buick Regal’s in Western Canada, but we were all a little bit unsure of what we were going to be getting – seeing as we’d only been able to see a few photos from Auto Shows and spy shots from the internet. 

When it did arrive we were all blown away.

Based on (and almost an exact replica of) the 2009 ‘European Car of the Year’ Opel Insignia, you can see the obvious European flavor in the Regal. It is sporty yet sophisticated, and based on looks alone you could easily place it with the BMW 3-series, Audi A4, and Lexus IS series that it is here to compete with (albeit at a smaller price tag.) Have a look for yourself at the pictures and you’ll understand how far Buick has come in the last few years – the Regal continues the trend that the Lacrosse and Enclave have recently set in completely overhauling the Buick image.

But its not just the exterior styling that had our jaws dropping, opening the doors also showed the Regals European sport sedan heritage. The leather, heated seats are firm and supportive, not to mention nice to look at. The piano black interior inserts in our Regal are also a nice touch in a world where we’ve grown accustomed to wood grain. Every Regal comes standard with Bluetooth capability as well as XM Satellite radio, and there is also an available voice activated Navigation system with a 40GB hard drive available on every model.

Now comes the fun stuff – the base engine on the Regal is an Ecotec 4-cylinder engine with Direct Injection and Variable Valve Timing which produces a respectable 182-hp. Later this year, the Regal CXL Turbo will arrive, sporting a 220-hp 2.0L Ecotec with a dual-scroll turbo and intercooler for those of us who always need just a little bit more power. The CXL Turbo will also come with an available Interactive Drive Control System – which allows you to select Normal, Tour, or Sport mode depending on your current driving conditions. Each setting automatically tunes the suspension, steering, throttle and stability control systems to match your driving style.

The best part about the Regal? It’s price. It may be an Audi/Lexus/BMW fighter, but its far from the wallet hit you would expect from a European sport sedan. The CXL starts at $31,990 (our particular Regal has a price tage of $34,935) and the soon-to-arrive CXL Turbo will start at $34,990.

Think you already have a perception of what a Buick is? Come on in, we’d love to let the Regal change your mind.

Regal/Camaro Production to Move to Oshawa

General Motors of Canada has confirmed that production of the 2011 Buick Regal will kick off at its Oshawa assembly plant in the first quarter of 2011. That move has been assumed long before the Regal was even confirmed as an addition to the North American product lineup when a GM-CAW document listed production of a mid-size sedan to be added to the plant.

General Motors will bring back up to 700 laid off workers to staff a second shift on the flexible manufacturing line at the plant east of Toronto. The front-wheel drive Regal will be built on the same assembly line as the hot-selling Camaro. About the same time as Camaro production begins, GM will also add production of the new Camaro convertible. Initial supplies of the Regal will be coming from the Opel plant in Russelsheim, Germany when it goes on sale this summer.

2011 Buick Regal

Buick has announced a new Buick Regal will join its line-up for the 2011 model year. After GM decided Buick would be one of its 4 core-brands, it became apparent that the brand would need more models to flesh out its showrooms alongside the Enclave and Lacrosse, and the Regal is its first addition. The Regal is based upon the Opel Insignia, which was recently voted Europe’s car of the year. The Buick version will slot into the lineup below the all-new 2010 Lacrosse, becoming the least expensive Buick for sale in Canada and the US.

The new Regal shares its Epsilon II platform with the recently redesigned LaCrosse, but the wheelbase is four inches shorter and 6.7 inches shorter overall. While the LaCrosse will soon add an available four-cylinder engine, the Regal will launch with only four-cylinders. The base engine will be the increasingly prevalent 2.4-liter EcoTec with direct injection. In Europe, the Insignia is available in a Sedan, Wagon, and a high-performance AWD speeder complete with a manual transmission.

The Buick Regal GS concept is being unveiled at the Detroit International Auto Show next week packing a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. With output dialled up to 255-horsepower and 295-pound-feet of torque, the new Regal GS should easily eclipse the 60 mph mark in less than 6 seconds. The GS also sports an adaptive all-wheel drive system, with drive sent to all 4 wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.Visual differences between the regular Regal and the new Regal GS are a lowered ride height, a discreet bodykit, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, Recaro bucket seats with four-way lumbar support and cushion extensions, and a racing style steering wheel and metal pedals

Only the premium CXL model will be available at launch, which is expected around the half-way point of 2010, with the turbo version being added next summer.

Let us know what you think of the new Regal, and Regal GS, in the comments section below.