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|2012 Buick Regal GS Makes Auto Show Debut in LA||
Anticipation of the new Buick Regal GS has just about got the best of me last time I saw a display of the new Regal in every other trim level on the floor of a recent auto show. Today at the LA Auto Show the Buick Regal GS is breaking cover in its production form expressing a level sportiness that we have not seen out of Buick for many years.
The new Buick Regal GS is “Built on the performance foundation of the Regal, the Regal GS was designed as an even sportier expression of responsive performance and style,” said John Schwegman, vice president of Buick marketing. “The driving experience is powerful and spirited; and the GS represents the next entry in Buick’s product renaissance.”
The Buick Regal GS will feature and exclusive Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant that generates 255 horsepower and an astonishing 295 foot-pounds of torque. The engine will be mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with Driver Shift Control (late availability). Styling cues for the Regal GS will feature 19-inch alloy wheels or optional 20-inch polished alloys. Other highlights of the Regal GS will be its long list of standard equipment including Bi-xenon HID headlights, leather seating and accents, Bluetooth connectivity, Harmon/Kardon premium 320-watt sound system, passive keyless entry with push-button start and ultrasonic parking assist (front and rear).
The new 2012 Buick Regal GS will go on sale during the second half of 2011. Pricing details have not been revealed as of yet but I am already sold on this one. Additional details in the press release below.
2012 Buick Regal GS Press Release
2012 Buick Regal GS Production Model Takes Sports Sedan Performance To A New Level For Buick
- High-performance midsize sport sedan with 0-60 mph performance of under seven seconds
- Features exclusive, GS-only high-output version of the Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine with 255 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque
- Buick’s Interactive Drive Control System allows drivers to change the suspension settings and steering sensitivity
- Exclusive, racing-inspired exterior and interior appointments
- Goes on sale in the second half of 2011
LOS ANGELES – The 2012 Buick Regal GS will make its auto show debut on Nov. 17 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It is an even sportier expression of the Regal sport sedan that went on sale earlier this year and has attracted new buyers to the Buick family. Powered by a high-output, exclusive Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the GS delivers an estimated 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque for a 0-60 mph performance of less than seven seconds (estimated). Buick’s Interactive Drive Control System is standard on the GS, allowing drivers to customize the driving experience by changing the suspension settings and steering sensitivity between three modes: standard, sport and GS.
“Built on the performance foundation of the Regal, the Regal GS was designed as an even sportier expression of responsive performance and style,” said John Schwegman, vice president of Buick marketing. “The driving experience is powerful and spirited; and the GS represents the next entry in Buick’s product renaissance.”
The Regal GS goes on sale in the second half of 2011. Pricing has not yet been announced.
Product highlights include:
- Exclusive Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged and intercooled engine rated at an estimated 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm)
- Six-speed manual transmission, with six-speed automatic with Driver Shift Control to be offered later
- Interactive Drive Control System with GS mode
- Four-wheel independent system with HiPerStrut front suspension
- High-performance four-wheel disc brake system with Brembo front calipers
- Standard 19-inch, 5-Twin Spoke alloy wheels and all-season tire and optional 20-inch, 5-Twin Spoke polished alloy wheels with performance tires.
The exterior design features unique front and rear fascias, with the front fascia incorporating prominent, vertical air intake slots and specific grille treatment – with the vertical elements accented in a satin-metallic finish. The rear fascia has a pair of integrated, satin-metallic trapezoidal exhaust outlets. Rocker panel extensions and an integrated rear spoiler are also woven into the design. The GS cuts a sportier stance, too, with a slightly lower ride height than other models and aggressive 19-inch, 5-Twin Spoke alloy wheels and all-season tires (20-inch, 5-Twin Spoke polished alloy wheels with performance tires are optional).
Inside is a racing-inspired, flat-bottom sport steering wheel and metal sport pedals, along with leather-appointed 12-way power-adjustable sport driver and front passenger heated seats, which include four-way power lumbar. The GS-specific black interior is accented with satin-finish elements on the instrument panel, steering wheel and console, while the instrument panel glows white when the driver engages the GS mode of the Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS).
Standard amenities for the Regal GS include:
- Passive keyless entry with push-button start
- Standard XM Satellite Radio with three-month trial service
- Harmon/Kardon premium 320-watt sound system with nine speakers
- Bluetooth phone connectivity
- Leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel with audio controls
- Leather-appointed sport seating
- Heated driver and front passenger seats, with 12-way adjustable driver and front passenger seats – including four-way lumbar adjustment
- 120-volt accessory power outlet
- Power windows with express up/down feature in the front and express down in the rear.
- Front and rear ultrasonic parking assist
- Bi-xenon HID headlamps.
Turbocharging and HiPerStrut
Power for the Regal GS comes from a high-output version of the Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged DOHC VVT engine with direct injection technology. It is based on the engine that will be available on Regal CXL later this year, but the engine and turbocharger are tuned to deliver greater boost pressure in the GS. The output is rated at 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400 Nm). A three-inch-diameter exhaust system provides reduced back pressure, resulting in higher engine power
Direct injection technology helps the engine deliver more power through increased efficiency, while maintaining fuel economy and lowering emissions. That means less fuel is consumed and lower emissions generated – including a 25-percent drop in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions. Variable valve timing optimizes power, efficiency and emissions across the entire rpm band.
“We’ve been combining direct injection and variable valve timing with boosted engines since 2006, and there’s no question the Regal GS turbo has the responsiveness and acceleration of a 3.5L V6, while delivering the fuel economy of a 2.0L four,” said Mike Anderson, Ecotec global chief engineer and program manager.
The engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission will be available later.
The Regal GS rides on a relatively long wheelbase of 107.8 inches (2738 mm), which delivers refined, well-balanced vehicle dynamics. It also features a four-wheel-independent suspension, with a unique High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut) front suspension design. The HiPerStrut system helps reduce torque steer and maintain negative camber during cornering; the driver experiences reduced torque steer, improved grip and increased cornering power, along with crisper handling, steering precision and feedback.
The four-link independent rear suspension is designed to minimize unwanted toe and camber effects during spirited driving maneuvers, enhancing vehicle stability. Both front and rear dampers incorporate active Computer Damping Control (CDC), continuously changing damper characteristics to maintain optimal vehicle ride control over varying road surfaces and profiles. More aggressive, performance-oriented damping characteristics can also be selected by the driver through the Interactive Driver Control System.
Braking power comes from a large diameter four-wheel disc brake system featuring Brembo front calipers. A standard, four-channel anti-lock brake system is tuned to reduce stopping distances over varied road surfaces and conditions. An electronic parking brake is actuated via a center console-mounted control. The Regal GS also features standard StabiliTrak stability control system with integrated, full-function traction control.
Interactive Drive Control System
The Regal GS is also equipped with Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS) chassis technology (also offered on other Regal models with the 2.0L turbo engine). It delivers enhanced vehicle stability and greater driving safety. The driver selects among three operating modes – standard, sport and GS – that change the suspension settings, and steering sensitivity through the variable-effort steering system.
A sophisticated driving mode control module continually monitors driving style utilizing yaw rate, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, steering wheel, throttle and vehicle speed. It defines the dynamic vehicle state, including acceleration, braking and cornering, to optimize chassis reactions. It also executes all of the IDCS driver selections. All four dampers are electronically controlled and continuously adapt within milliseconds to the prevailing road conditions, vehicle movements and individual driving style.
Selecting GS mode optimizes the car for dynamic driving, tightening the suspension and steering response. “Standard,” or the default mode, is the setting for all-around use. The sport mode provides a level of performance between standard and the GS modes.
Buick is a modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors with thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning models, including the Enclave crossover, LaCrosse sedan and Regal sport sedan. The new Buick Verano compact sedan and a small crossover will join the portfolio in the next few years. Buick’s sales continue to increase in North America, and it remains a best-selling brand in China, with continuing record growth. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com, on Twitter @buick or at www.facebook.com/buick.
[source: General Motors]
|2010 LA Auto Show: 2011 Chrysler 200 Officially Revealed||
Chrysler has officially revealed their new 200 today at the LA Auto Show. Although some may think the new Chrysler 200 is a face-lifted Sebring, it strives to create a new (and improved) image for the company. Aside from the new exterior changes, the major improvements are found on the inside and under the hood.
The new Chrysler 200 gets several soft touch accents as well as a higher quality cloth and leather appointments. Under the hood of the new 200 you will find a standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that produces 173 horsepower and 166 foot-pounds of torque. Power is directed through a 4-speed auto transmission while a 6-speed automatic is optional. Speaking of options, the Chrsyler 200 has an optional 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that pumps out 283 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque which should be a decent performer. Chrysler promises to deliver best –in-class fuel economy and horsepower. More details will be revealed before the 200 hits dealerships next month at a starting price of $19,995.
The New Chrysler 200 Sedan Provides Customers Craftsmanship, Elegance and Value
- Beautiful all-new interior gives consumers world-class craftsmanship, more comfort and technology features to improve their quality of life
- New exterior design and new sheet metal highlights clean, sensual lines and the new face of the Chrysler brand
- Best-in-class V-6 horsepower and exceptional fuel economy are accomplished with the all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission
- Proven 2.4-liter World Gas Engine is retuned and mated to an available six-speed transmission
- Major suspension upgrades and significantly improved acoustics result in an exhilarating driving experience with one of the quietest cabins in the segment
Chrysler introduces the new Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan. Offering consumers exceptional craftsmanship inside and out, a refined and spirited driving experience, innovative technology, an abundance of standard safety features and an extraordinary level of standard content, the 2011 Chrysler 200 is an exciting alternative for customers that want style and substance, all at a surprising value.
Virtually every system in the sedan is new or upgraded for 2011, giving the Chrysler 200 its own identity and space in the highly competitive mid-size sedan segment. Exterior and sheet metal upgrades include: front and rear fascias and fenders, grille featuring the new Chrysler brand winged badge, new hood, LED positioning light pipe in front headlamps, rear deck lid and exterior mirrors, new projector headlamps and fog lamps, new LED taillamps and an LED center high-mounted stoplight.
“Today’s customer is smarter and they expect their vehicle to be smart as well. They want beauty coupled with substance,” said Olivier Francois, President and CEO —Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The new Chrysler 200 delivers reliability, capability, comfort, safety, fuel efficiency and style – beauty and substance.”
The new 2011 Chrysler 200 provides drivers an agile, confident, handling performance in all driving situations, whether it’s commuting to work, a weekend adventure on twisty roads or going out with family and friends. Virtually every part of the suspension has been retuned or redesigned for 2011, including 26 of 30 suspension bushings. The suspension geometry was completely re-engineered. The track is an inch wider, tire width has been increased from 215 to 225 mm and the Chrysler 200 has been lowered 12 mm in the front and 6 mm in the rear for a lower, wider, more substantial stance.
Customers will drive with confidence in the Chrysler 200 and experience less body roll, reduced vehicle shake on uneven road surfaces, improved isolation on rough roads, better steering precision, response and feel and increased grip with new premium tires.
A new and improved powertrain lineup also contributes to the new 200 sedan’s driving experience. The 2011 Chrysler 200 is offered with the proven 2.4-liter World Gas Engine, which has been recalibrated and is now available mated to a new six-speed transmission, for an exceptionally fun and fuel efficient driving experience. The new 200 sedan powered by the 2.4-liter I-4 engine produces 173 horsepower and 166 lb.-ft. of torque. The available new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine provides an even more exhilarating driving experience that offers customers the best of both worlds – best-in-class V-6 horsepower and exceptional fuel economy. The new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and is mated to the 62TE six-speed transmission. For the value conscious consumer, the 2.4-liter World Gas Engine also is available mated to the proven four-speed automatic transmission.
Cabin quietness has been upgraded, resulting in one of the quietest cabins in the segment, and allowing passengers to enjoy their conversations, largely devoid of outside noise. Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) were reduced and 45 new sound deadening treatments were added, including an acoustic glass windshield, laminated side glass usually only found in higher priced vehicles, new sound absorption materials throughout the vehicle and a new three-point engine mount system for the 2.4-liter World Gas Engine, for improved sound and isolation.
New sheet metal and exterior design highlights clean surfaces and sleek lines. The new, more sculpted front features the new distinctive Chrysler brand grille and the new signature Chrysler brand winged badge. A new hood, new front fascia, new projector headlamps and projector beam fog lamps round out the new face of the Chrysler 200. A new for 2011 rear deck lid, rear fascia, exterior mirrors, new LED taillamps and an LED center high-mounted stoplight completes the transformation.
With the all-new interior for 2011, customers will step into a level of craftsmanship, content and comfort that is world-class. The all-new instrument panel, bezels, gauge face and new Chrysler steering wheel transform the driver’s seat into an elegant atmosphere. Upgraded seats with a new design that incorporates more cushion material and revised spring geometry, as well as new leather and cloth seating materials, envelop the driver and passenger. Designers developed the new 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan with new “soft touch” armrests and instrument panel and new, premium interior finishes for touch points that are not only pleasing to the touch, but also to the eye. New heating and cooling outlets in the instrument panel offer improved design and functionality and complete the beautifully detailed interior.
The new Chrysler 200 offers customers innovative features to keep them connected and make the drive something to look forward to. Features include new ambient interior lighting and a new Chrysler brand steering wheel with integrated controls that allow the driver to operate the radio, cruise control, handsfree phone and other vehicle functions while keeping their hands on the wheel. Drivers stay connected with an available media center with voice command that is easy to use and offers radio, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, a 30 gigabyte hard drive, iPod® connectivity, streaming music capability and a navigation system with SIRIUS Travel Link, which provides real-time information.
An abundance of standard safety and security features in the new 2011 Chrysler 200 offer consumers peace of mind at a price they can afford. The 200 sedan’s standard safety features include: standard advanced multi-stage front passenger air bags, active head restraints, electronic stability control (ESC), front seat side air bags, side curtain air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic traction control, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) child seat anchor system and available Uconnect® voice command.
The 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan is available in four different configurations in the United States. The Chrysler 200 LX, 200 Touring, 200 Limited and 200 S (late availability) models are packed with style, innovative features and a dynamic driving experience at a surprising value.
The standard mid-size sedan segment is the largest vehicle segment in the United States, with more than 1.6 million vehicles sold in 2009. The new 2011 Chrysler 200 is uniquely positioned as an exciting alternative for customers that want style and substance, all at a surprising value.
The 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan is available in the following exterior colors: Blackberry Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat, White Gold Clear Coat, Stone White Clear Coat, Bright White Pearl Coat, Sapphire Crystal Metallic Clear Coat (late availability) or Black. The new 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan will arrive in U.S. dealerships in fourth quarter 2010. The 200 is built at the Sterling Heights, Mich. Assembly Plant.
|Porsche Cayman R Debuts at LA Auto Show||
Porsche has released some details and exclusive photos of the upcoming Cayman R which will be debuting at the LA Auto Show today. The Cayman R special edition features performance improvements over the Cayman S model along with a lighter weight body. The Cayman R will be 121 pounds lighter have 10 more horsepower and sit 20mm lower than the Cayman S.
At the heart of the Porsche Cayman R will be the 3.4-liter six-cylinder pumping out 330 horsepower mated to a 6-speed manual transmission good for a 5 second-flat 0-60mph run and top speed of 175mph. The optional PDK 7-speed dual clutch transmission should be a tad faster making the 0-60mhp run in only 4.9 seconds. A new Sport Chrono package offering should make the Cayman R even faster estimating 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds.
The Cayman R will be sold without air conditioning and a sound system but will be available at an extra cost.
Price is set to start at EUR 69,830 in Germany and goes on sale in February 2011. More information will be provided via Porsche’s live conference from the LA Auto Show today at www.porsche.com/cayman-r-live.