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    Exclusive: Q&A: Larry Nitz says GM "committed to electrification as a long-term journey"
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    Anyone who still doesn't believe that General Motors is serious about advanced technology in general, and vehicle electrification in particular, hasn't yet learned that post-bankruptcy GM is a very different company run by different people with a different set of priorities, most of which we ...

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    Report: Mild hybrid Malibu Eco with eAssist not meeting GM's sales targets
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    General Motors is getting some bad news about its eAssist mild hybrid technology – it's not very popular. That's being made clear by soft sales for the highest-volume eAssist model, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco. The Malibu Eco does offer noteworthy technology perks: 2.4L four-cylinder ...

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    Official: GM ready for 500,000 electric* vehicles by 2017
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    It's a big number, and one that needs a bit of a disclaimer. Speaking (via satellite) to journalists at the General Motors Electrification Experience in San Francisco yesterday, Mary Barra, GM's senior vice president of global product development, announced that The General will have 500,000 ...

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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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    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: 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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    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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    Why GM got the eco gauge totally right on the Buick LaCross with eAssist
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    At first glance, the white "Eco" needle over an all-green background on the 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist feels wrong. The needle sits at the 12 o'clock position and there's green on either side, which tells the driver nothing. Well, nothing until you understand what the needle is telling ...

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    Official: Buick LaCrosse with eAssist priced from $29,960*
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    2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist – Click above for high-res image gallery
    As expected, Buick has announced that its new 2012 LaCrosse with eAssist is priced identically to its more powerful V6-powered sibling. That means that $29,960 (*plus an $860 destination charge) will get the buyer either ...

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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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    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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    Maxwell CEO says ultracaps are perfect for General Motors' eAssist hybrids
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    2012 Buick Regal eAssist – Click above for high-res image gallery
    When General Motors debuted the 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2010, the automaker made it clear that this fuel-saving technology would find a home in other models soon. Last month, the ...

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    Chicago 2011: 2012 Buick Regal eAssist live in the Windy City
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    2012 Buick Regal eAssist – Click above for high-res image gallery
    We received the first details about Buick's new Regal eAssist earlier today, but we've just returned from seeing the car in person before the Chicago Auto Show officially kicks off tomorrow. Visually, the more ...

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    Officially Official: 2012 Buick Regal eAssist will get 26/37 mpg
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    2012 Buick Regal eAssist – Click above for high-res image gallery
    When General Motors debuted the 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist technology at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year, the automaker told us that this new fuel-saving feature would quickly spread across many other models in ...

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