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Old 01-11-2009, 02:52 PM   #1
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2011 Buick Regal

Just a few weeks ago GMI reported that the much-coveted Buick Regal that just launched in China recently was not yet approved for the North American market. At the time of that publication, General Motors was still pondering as to whether or not the car would be a suitable fit for North America. Overnight GMI learned that yesterday General Motors officially approved (“greenlighted”) the Regal for North America.

Although the program is in the very early stages, some details of the new Regal for North America are known. The car is going to be nearly identical to the Chinese Regal, which is simply an Opel Insignia with Buick bright-work. The main difference, we’re told, is going to be the engines. In China the Regal sells best with a four-cylinder. That likely would not be the first choice for American’s in a mid-luxury vehicle. To our knowledge GM has not selected the engines that will be used in the North American Regal. If we were to guess, a direct-injected four-cylinder and a direct-injected High-Feature V6 will likely be involved.

Despite the fact that this car is so close to being ready for North America, we’re hearing the car may not show up on dealership lots here in the U.S. until 2011! Why it will supposedly take that long to launch it in North America is largely unknown. The obvious issue is likely production. The Regal will be built somewhere in North America. GM’s Oshawa, Ontario or Fairfax, Kansas plants are the likely picks.

Last Summer GMI broke news that the next-generation Saturn Aura had been put on hold. The next-generation Aura was supposed to be a rebadged Opel Insignia just as this new Buick Regal turned out to be. We have not heard a word about the future of the Aura, leading us to believe that there is virtually no chance now of a rebadged Insignia becoming our Saturn Aura. Now that the Regal is coming, it would make little sense to have the Aura be the same car.

GMI has been hearing more and more tid-bits claiming that Buick is going to tie-up with Opel on products in the future; much like Saturn was going to. With Opel moving upscale in Europe, it makes them a prime fit for Buick in China and in North America. Particularly true when considered that Opel has not done much of anything in China and GM is considering “options” with the Saturn brand in North America.

It is possible that GM will move up the production schedule on the new Regal to a time that is less extreme than 2011 (if possible). As we stated, the program is in its early stages so things will likely change. The good news here is that the U.S. is getting the Regal! The question now is "when?"




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I honestly can't tell the difference between this and the LaCrosse...less I compare them side-by-side.
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GM should just give up the Buick brand, it has way too much crappy image.

The LaCrosse would sell a lot better if it had a Cadillac badge.

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GM should just give up the Buick brand, it has way too much crappy image.

The LaCrosse would sell a lot better if it had a Cadillac badge.
But then it dilutes the Cadillac badge. And you just know they'd try to sell another Cavalier with a Cadillac badge eventually
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I honestly can't tell the difference between this and the LaCrosse...less I compare them side-by-side.
The Lacrosse is based on the Invicta concept, this car is based on the Opel Insignia, if you read the print at all..
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GM should just give up the Buick brand, it has way too much crappy image.

The LaCrosse would sell a lot better if it had a Cadillac badge.
THe 'Buick' brand actually commands more respect in Shanghai (and some China provinces) than Japanese name brands.. Timpo, please STFU..
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it sorta reminds me of acura RL
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THe 'Buick' brand actually commands more respect in Shanghai (and some China provinces) than Japanese name brands.. Timpo, please STFU..
+1 Buick has built a solid image in China.
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I wonder why Buick instead of Cadillac make it big in China.
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it's the opel insignia!!!!

its finally coming! not bad not bad
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kinda off topic but.

the brands Saturn and Mercury need to be destroyed...

like wtf? do ppl even still buy them?
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It's marketed as the Opel Insignia in North America unlike in China its called the New Buick Regal.
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It's marketed as the Opel Insignia in North America unlike in China its called the New Buick Regal.
we dont even sell Opel here. its gonna be the Buick LaCrosse
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I think it's nice. Interiors pretty snazzy
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I was amazed to see a lot of Buick's in China, they even had compact ones comparable in size with the Honda City. I forgot the name of it, however.
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i'm still holding out for a new buick grand national
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we dont even sell Opel here. its gonna be the Buick LaCrosse
The Lacrosse or Allure here in Canada, is based on the Buick Invicta concept. This is a different car all together.
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wow i actually like this car

my family bought a brand new top of line regal back in 95

sold it to my uncle after 1 year back in 96. He drove it till about 280,000km. Now its going to a junk yard not worth fixing it, oil pan leaks etc etc..

but it was a very solid car all around.

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the insignia is a nice looking car. but i think, like the astra, it should carry a saturn badge better?
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I dont care what badge it carries, as long as it offers the 2.0 ecotec turbo engine with a 6spd manual!!!!!111
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I was amazed to see a lot of Buick's in China, they even had compact ones comparable in size with the Honda City. I forgot the name of it, however.
which one?

http://www.buick.com.cn/
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The Lacrosse or Allure here in Canada, is based on the Buick Invicta concept. This is a different car all together.
i could barely tell the difference, even when its put side by side... its like playing photohunt!









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just checked on the Regal specs and equipment...

its not too bad, especially compare to the China spec Accord 2.4 about the same price.
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