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    Official: 2013 Buick Regal gets sizable price hike thanks to standard eAssist
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    Buick has announced that the 2013 Regal will come equipped with standard eAssist when it hits dealers in the fall. As a result, the MSRP of base model will jump considerably over the 2012's starting price. While last year's Regal started at $27,055, with eAssist as a $2,000 option, the 2013 model ...

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    Rumormill: Buick moves to trademark Electra
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    Could General Motors be planning to dust off another moniker from its heyday and reintroduce a Buick Electra? The General filed an application to protect the trademark on June 5, which might hint at a future, full-size Buick model. Once Buick's top-of-the-line sedan, the Electra did the same ...

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    Review: 2012 Buick Regal eAssist [w/video]
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    Jump-Starting An Already Solid Sedan Hybrids only account for about two percent of annual U.S. auto sales, yet there is a huge push by most automakers to incorporate the green tech into future product. The reasons for this are many, and they include improved public perception, better Corporate ...

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    Official: Was Buick LaCrosse with eAssist February's best-selling domestic hybrid?
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    The best-selling hybrid from a U.S. car company is...the Buick LaCrosse? That's what we're trying to figure out after General Motors said the LaCrosses that are powered with Buick's eAssist powertrain accounted for about 25 percent of the model's sales. Though the automaker isn't disclosing ...

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    Exclusive: Future Fuel Economy Mandates, Part IV: General Motors Engineering
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    There were lots of comments on my last two columns (speaking with Ford and Chrysler execs about CAFE regulations), and some were very savvy on EVs and hybrids. But most seem to have little knowledge of what really goes into designing, developing, validating and successfully marketing a desirable, ...

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    Official: 2013 Buick Regal gets standard eAssist, automatic option for GS
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    Buick launched its mid-size Regal sedan in late 2010 as a 2011 model, with the Turbo, high-performance GS and eAssist models following suit over the past year. Now, General Motors' tri-shield arm has announced a couple of powertrain updates that will go into effect for the 2013 model year, namely ...

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    Official: Buick's smartphone games simulate fuel-efficient driving in app form
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    GM sells Buick smartphone app game that simulates fuel-efficient driving Remember the car-racing video games you played as a kid? Think of this as the opposite. General Motors is looking to raise consumer awareness of the hybrid drivetrains on its Buick LaCrosse and Regal by selling three ...

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    Report: Alpheon eAssist comes to Korea, 22% cleaner than before
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    Daewoo has launched an eAssist version of the company's Alpheon model (LaCrosse here in the States) in Korea. The hybrid manages to deliver 25 percent better fuel economy than the standard gasoline model while reducing emissions by 22 percent. That's thanks to a small electric motor and ...

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    Report: Buick Verano hybrid coming in 2015?
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    What a bunch of tiny text in that graphic, huh? Too small to be anything interesting, right? Actually, no, as this image from Automotive News reveals the existence of an upcoming hybrid version of the Buick Verano. That's the ponytail-friendly Verano, as we should all be aware of by ...

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    Video: 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist doesn't waste gas by running in place
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    In its latest 30-second advertisement pitching the 2012 LaCrosse eAssist, Buick makes an interesting point: since people don't constantly run in place, its near-luxury mid-size sedan doesn't either. The ad thus extolls the virtues of eAssist, a fuel-saving mild hybrid setup with stop-start ...

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    Report: Buick LaCrosse eAssist launches in China for $41,634
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    Hybrids have never been a hit in China, with even the Toyota Prius failing to make a dent in a meaningful way over there. Some say the Prius' unconventional styling turns Chinese consumers off. Maybe that's why Buick is betting its conventionally styled LaCrosse eAssist will be a hit in ...

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    Sales of 40-ish mpg Buick Excelle GT surpass 100,000 in China
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    Buick Excelle GT – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Sales of the Buick Excelle GT have eclipsed 100,000 units since the four-door sedan launched in China in June 2010. General Motors says average monthly sales of 8,000 units demonstrate the "great popularity" of the Excelle GT ...

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    Official: 2012 Buick Regal eAssist priced from $29,530, Regal GS from $35,310
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    Buick will launch two new Regal models for the 2012 model year, one focused on efficiency, the other on performance. The Regal eAssist uses General Motors' new mild-hybrid technology to deliver up to 36 miles per gallon on the highway (25 mpg in the city), and the Regal GS ups the sedan's ...

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    GM invests $129 million to boost production of eAssist transmissions
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    2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist technology – Click above for high-res image gallery
    General Motors' powertrain facilities in Toledo, OH and Bedford, IN – the ones that make transmissions for Buick and Chevrolet models equipped with fuel-saving eAssist technology – will get the ...

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    Automakers shying away from "hybrid" badge
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    The popularity of the Toyota Prius has made "hybrid" a widely recognized word and has prompted the launch of numerous competitive vehicles from various automakers. Additionally, derivatives of the conventional hybrid – i.e., micro and mild hybrids – are popping up everywhere. ...

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    Buick Envision Concept touches down in Shanghai
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    General Motors has rolled out a new hybrid SUV concept that's custom tailored for the Chinese market. The Buick Envision SUV Concept rolls together the future of the Tri-Shield's design language with a fuel-efficient drivetrain to give us all an idea of where brand is headed in the near future. ...

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    Hitachi resumes battery production for Buick LaCrosse, Regal eAssist models
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    Three of Hitachi's automotive factories in Japan are back online, including a facility that manufactures lithium-ion batteries for General Motors' eAssist-equipped models. Hitachi Vehicle Energy in Ibaraki Prefecture is operational and has resumed production of lithium-ion batteries for the ...

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    Quick Spin: 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist
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    The TriShield's Big Sedan Does The Electric Slide

    2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist – Click above for high-res image gallery
    It's hard to talk about all of the good things General Motors is doing these days without referencing the Chevrolet Volt – it is perhaps the most talked-about car ...

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    Report: GM readying Buick Ampera
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    According to a new report from Bloomberg, General Motors is working on a Buick-badged version of its Opel Ampera plug-in hybrid, Europe's mechanical twin to the Chevrolet Volt. The car hasn't received final approval yet, as GM still isn't sure it can get buyers to justify the inevitable premium ...

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    Buick Envision crossover concept teased ahead of Shanghai reveal
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    Buick has a huge presence in China, where customers have placed the Tri-shield brand on par with the world's leading luxury automakers. It makes sense, then, that Buick would choose the Shanghai Auto Show as the location of choice to showcase the brand's new compact crossover concept. General ...

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