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Introducing the 2014 Buick Regal: turbo-charged luxury performance comes standard.

September 14th, 2013 in Buick, News

2014 Buick Regal

It may look a lot like the 2013 Regal, with only a few minor tweaks to the exterior in the front and rear fascias, but the 2014 Buick Regal boasts big changes in places you won’t necessarily see–but in places you’ll certainly feel. The standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is an impressive 18% increase over last year’s Regal Turbo model at 259 horsepower. A reshaped engine torque curve is designed to deliver maximum engine torque as low as 1,700 rpm, resulting in snappy acceleration sometimes missing in turbocharged vehicles. And for those of you who prefer fuel economy, the eAssist system replaces the turbocharged engine with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and achieves 25/36 mpg.

2014 Buick Regal

Also new to the 2014 Regal is an available all-wheel-drive system that improves traction in poor conditions and performance during spirited drives. Paired with an electronic limited slip differential, the AWD system sends more power to the wheels with more grip, maximizing your control behind the wheel.

For the ultimate Regal driving experience, the GS model includes various performance enhancements throughout the vehicle. Choose between Sport and GS mode with a touch of a button, and the suspension tightens for a flatter, stiffer ride that increases body control. The large four-piston Brembo brakes are as powerful as they look, capable of hard use without fading. The 2014 Regal GS comes out faster, smoother, and more responsive than its impressively quick standard little brother.

2014 Buick Regal

Inside the cabin, the redesigned dashboard features touch-sensitive controls, a color touch display screen, and intuitively placed buttons. The gauge cluster is clean and sophisticated, with premium materials throughout. In the GS trim, standard leather sport seats showcase the comfort and style that is unmistakably Buick. Also included is the most advanced IntelliLink system to date, displayed on an 8-inch screen with hands free voice operation and Bluetooth connectivity.

2014 Buick Regal

When it comes to safety, Buick sets the standard. The 2014 Regal offers a host of safety technologies to keep you out of harm’s way. Forward Collision Alert monitors what’s ahead, sending audio and visual alerts when approaching danger. Adaptive cruise control automatically adjusts speed to maintain a driver-selected distance between your Regal and that terrible driver yet to figure out left lanes are for passing. Through a camera mounted near the license plate, Rear Cross Traffic Alert shows what’s behind your vehicle while backing up and alerts you when vehicles approach from either direction–up to 65 feet away. Finally, Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Change Alert offers a virtual radar that helps prevent collisions at speed. If someone is approaching too fast from behind, you’ll know 230 feet in advance.

The 2014 Buick Regal starts at $29,690 MSRP, and the turbo is standard. What are you waiting for?

2013 Buick Regal

May 24th, 2013 in News

2013 Buick Regal

The power to choose. The freedom to drive.

Say hello to the 2013 Buick Regal, the luxury sports sedan brimming with versatility—even on the showroom floor. Whether you’re looking for intuitive efficiency, raw power, or something in between, the Regal has got you covered. Each comes loaded with personal technologies and safety features. The combination of performance, luxury, and efficiency is completely up to you. And yes, you can certainly have all three.

2013 Buick Regal

No matter the engine, the 2013 Regal takes on a coupe-like stance, stunning and sporty. The tight wheel-to-body ratio hints at the performance inside, and the sculpted body-side details and integrated spoiler provides an aerodynamic profile that cuts through wind like a hot knife through butter. Combined with four-wheel independent suspension, this is sports luxury you can feel. Heated front seats with three temperature settings and a leather-wrapped steering wheel come standard. And the Driver Information Center (DIC) provides crucial vehicle info, a compass, trip computer, and displays Turn-by-Turn Navigation prompts provided by OnStar.

2013 Buick Regal

In addition to these standard features, the ECOTEC 2.4L with eAssist delivers an impressive 25 city/36 highway mpg at 182 horsepower. Cutting edge fuel saving technology allows excellent fuel economy without sacrificing performance. eAssist uses an electric motor-generator to convert the forward momentum of the vehicle into usable energy, storing it in the 115V lithium-ion battery. This improves fuel economy by up to 25% while providing up to 15 additional horsepower at highway speeds. Variable Valve Timing (VVT) optimizes engine breathing by adjusting valve timing at lower rpm for improved engine response and greater torque delivery. When coming to a stop, Regenerative Braking captures energy otherwise lost, and powers the radio, climate control, and other accessories while the engine operates in Auto Stop mode.

2013 Buick Regal

For a bit of extra oomph, the 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder brings the horsepower up to 220 and still delivers 20 city/32 highway mpg in manual transmission. The engine’s turbocharging technology creates up to 20 psi of boost with peak torque at just 2000 rpm. This kind of acceleration and efficiency together is, in a word, unexpected. The VVT is carried over from its fuel-saving little brother, and adds Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI), which creates more power from less fuel. By directly injecting fuel into the combustion chamber, the resulting higher compression ratio increases efficiency, horsepower, and reduces cold-start emissions by up to 25%.

2013 Buick Regal

For those of you that want maximum power in a luxury sport sedan, look towards the high-output 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder. Available in the GS model, the most powerful Regal ever offers exhilarating handling and racing-inspired appointments. The ASIN Warner 6-speed transmission is available in automatic or manual, and the HiPer Strut front suspension provides superior handling at speed. Here is a luxury sedan that doesn’t shy from the spotlight—large Brembo front brakes and up to 20” wheels are anything but subtle.

For fuel efficiency, pure power, or something in between, the 2013 Buick Regal has you covered.

2012 Buick Regal GS

February 28th, 2012 in News

The all-new, 2012 Regal GS blends a 270-horsepower (201 kW) high-output Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine, six-speed manual transmission, responsive Interactive Drive Control System suspension technology with exclusive GS-mode, Brembo front calipers and other features into one of Buick’s most balanced performance sedans ever.

The torque from Regal GS’s exclusive Ecotec 2.0L high-output turbocharged engine provides more launch force than the Acura TSX V-6, Audi A4 Sport, Lexus IS 250 and 350, Infiniti G25 and G37, and Volvo S60. It also delivers the highest specific output of any production engine GM has ever offered, and at 135 horsepower per liter, is the most power-dense engine ever certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Buick’s exclusive Interactive Drive Control System is standard on the Regal GS, and allows drivers to choose from three operating modes – Standard, Sport and GS Mode – that change the suspension settings and steering sensitivity according to driver preferences. Regal GS also features a four-wheel independent suspension with a unique High Performance Strut (HiPer Strut) front suspension design that reduces torque steer and improves grip and cornering power.

A lower ride height, 19-inch, 5-Twin Spoke alloy wheels (20-inch, 5-Twin Spoke polished alloy wheels with summer-rated performance tires are available) and four-piston Brembo front calipers also contribute to the GS’ performance persona.

Regal GS design

  • Unique body-color front and rear fascias, with the front fascia incorporating prominent, vertical air intake slots accented in a satin-metallic finish.
  • Rear fascia has a pair of integrated, satin-metallic trapezoidal exhaust outlets.
  • Rocker panel extensions and a rear spoiler.
  • Slightly lower ride height than other Regal models for a sportier stance.
  • Aggressive-looking, 19-inch, 5-Twin Spoke alloy wheels and all-season tires (20-inch, 5-Twin Spoke polished alloy wheels with summer-rated performance tires are optional).
  • GS-specific ebony interior.
  • Satin-finish elements on the instrument panel, steering wheel and console.
  • Instrument panel glows white when the driver engages the GS Mode of the Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS).

Regal GS interior – standard and available features

Standard features:

  • Passive keyless entry with push-button start.
  • Standard XM Satellite Radio with three-month trial service.
  • harman/kardon premium 336-watt, 5.1 Matrix Surround Sound system with nine speakers.
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity.
  • Leather-wrapped, flat-bottom sport steering wheel with audio controls and metal sport pedals.
  • 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 with flash-to-pass feature, auto on/off, auto delay, warning buzzer.
  • Buick IntelliLink (later availability) uses Bluetooth or USB to connect the driver’s smart phone to a new high-resolution, full-color seven-inch touch screen display radio. IntelliLink expands on Buick’s current Bluetooth and USB capabilities to allow smart phone control via voice activation and steering wheel-mounted controls. It also enables streaming stereo audio from the phone through services such as PANDORA® Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®.
  • IntelliLink complements the safety, security and connectivity services of OnStar, also standard on all Regal models. With a simple button touch, voice command or via a downloadable smartphone app, Regal owners can access popular OnStar services such as Turn-by-Turn navigation and Destination Download, hands-free calling, remote door unlock, vehicle diagnostics, emergency assistance and much more.

Other available features:

  • Power tilt-sliding sunroof with sunshade.
  • Audio system with seven-inch color touch screen display, SD card reader in center console, GPS navigation, multi-function controller, iPod support. Available only when sunroof is ordered.

Chassis and suspension

The Regal GS rides on a wheelbase of 107.8 inches (2738 mm) that delivers refined, well-balanced vehicle dynamics. It also features a four-wheel-independent suspension, with a unique High Performance Strut (HiPer Strut) front suspension design.

Drivers may choose more aggressive, performance-oriented damping characteristics through the standard Interactive Drive Control System.

  • Four-wheel-independent suspension, with a unique HiPer Strut front suspension design.
  • Ride height lowered 10 mm, and spring and stabilizer bar rates raised by 20 percent for more responsive handling.
  • HiPer Strut system helps reduce torque steer, improve grip and maintain negative camber during cornering.
  • Four-link independent rear suspension is designed to minimize unwanted toe and camber effects.
  • 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.
  • Four-wheel disc brake system with Brembo four-piston front calipers, larger ventilated front discs and high performance linings.
  • Electronic parking brake actuated via a center console-mounted control.
  • Standard StabiliTrak stability control system with integrated, full-function traction control.

Interactive Drive Control System

The Regal GS is equipped with the Interactive Drive Control System, which adapts damping and other driving functions to drivers’ preferences. While the Regal Turbo offers Interactive Drive Control with the choice of a standard adaptive setting, a more comfortable Tour mode and a Sport mode, the system in the Regal GS is deliberately tuned for those who enjoy a higher level of performance:

  • Standard: Delivers ideal all-round performance, while maintaining comfort characteristics for everyday driving.
  • Sport: Features a firmer level of suspension damping and reduces body roll for more agility.
  • GS: Readies the car for dynamic, enthusiast-level driving. Increased steering efforts provide more direct feedback to the driver, while increased damping levels ensure ultimate wheel control and reduced body roll for ultimate agility. Only the GS mode will alter the shift feel on an automatic transmission.

Efficient, proven powertrain

  • High-output Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged DOHC VVT engine with direct-injection technology provides acceleration of a V-6 with the fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 27 mpg on the highway with the standard six-speed manual.
  • Output rated at 270 horsepower (201 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400 Nm). Peak torque is achieved at a relatively low 2400 rpm; 95 percent of peak torque is available between 2,300 and 4,900 rpm.
  • Highest specific output of any GM production engine, and at 135 horsepower per liter, the most power-dense engine certified by SAE.
  • Three-inch-diameter exhaust system provides reduced back pressure for higher engine power.
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission.
  • Available six-speed Aisin Warner automatic with Driver Shift Control (mid-model year availability).

Safety and crash-avoidance features

Regal GS offers standard and available safety features designed to protect occupants before, during and after a crash. Safety-enhancing features include:

  • Eight standard air bags including dual-stage frontal and side-impact air bags, rear-seat thorax side-impact air bags and head curtain side-impact air bags.
  • Three-point safety belts in all seating positions and air bag passenger sensing system to detect the presence of a small adult or child in the front passenger seat.
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control to help drivers maintain vehicle control in certain driving situations, and help mitigate rollover crashes.
  • Four-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist and traction control.
  • Daytime running lamps for improved visibility to other vehicles as well as pedestrians.
  • LATCH system for safe and secure attachment of child safety seats.
  • Standard ultrasonic front and rear parking assist with audible warning.
  • Standard tire pressure monitoring system.

OnStar details

Regal GS is equipped with segment-exclusive OnStar technology, which includes the Advanced Crash Response System, emergency assistance, remote vehicle diagnostics, six months of the Directions and Connections plan for route guidance support and OnStar RemoteLink.

OnStar RemoteLink allows Regal owners with certain smartphones to download an app to start the vehicle remotely, as well as get information on the fuel tank’s level and range, the remaining oil life, current and recommended tire pressure, and lifetime average miles per gallon. In addition users can access the current odometer reading, vehicle ID (VIN) and OnStar account number, plus call a dedicated representative for advice or assistance.

Other OnStar services:

  • The Advanced Crash Response System uses vehicle sensors, GPS and digital cellular phone technology to summon emergency responders to a crash scene even when the vehicle’s occupants are unable to do so.
  • Stolen Vehicle Location capability helps law enforcement officials find subscribers’ vehicle in the event they are stolen.
  • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown technology allows an OnStar advisor to remotely cut off power to the vehicle in the event of a police chase.
  • OnStar 9.0 technology offers improved voice recognition capabilities for regional phrases and dialects.

2012 Buick Regal GS

March 25th, 2011 in News

2012 Buick Regal GS

MIAMI – Buick this evening reveals the production version of the 2012 Regal GS, 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.”

2012 Buick Regal GS

The Regal GS will be unveiled this evening at a consumer event in Miami. It goes on sale in the second half of 2011. Pricing has not yet been announced.

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).

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.

2012 Buick Regal GS

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.

2012 Buick Regal GS

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.

2012 Buick Regal GS

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.

2012 Buick Regal GS

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.

2011 Buick Regal

March 25th, 2011 in News

2011 Buick Regal

Armed with turbocharged horsepower, a driver-selectable suspension system and a firm, European-tuned chassis, the all-new Buick Regal delivers a driving experience that rivals the best import sport sedans in the segment.

“The 2011 Buick Regal is like nothing you’ve ever experienced from this brand,” said Roger McCormack, director of product marketing for Buick. “The Regal is the next chapter in Buick’s transformation and will expand the portfolio to include a modern sport sedan.”

The new Regal takes on competitors such as the Acura TSX and Volvo S60. It has a longer wheelbase and greater trunk volume than those vehicles, along with standard features – including a six-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels and OnStar – that aren’t offered standard on either competitor. And with an estimated 30 mpg on the highway, it delivers excellent fuel economy, too.

2011 Buick Regal

The Regal’s development is rooted in Germany, where the globally led engineering team created the award-winning Opel Insignia – the 2009 European Car of the Year. The Insignia has garnered more than 31 prestigious awards and is the best-selling midsize sedan in Europe. Regal will bring all of Insignia’s award-winning design, technology and European-inspired performance capabilities to the American market.

Design story

The Regal’s sleek body design blends the sweeping silhouette and proportions of a coupe in a progressive package that suggests motion from all angles. Great attention to detail complements that aggressive styling, with tailored applications of Buick’s signature design cues, such as the waterfall grille, select use of chrome trim and superior fit and finish of the exterior panels.

2011 Buick Regal

“Regal is all about great proportions,” said John Cafaro, design director, passenger car. “For example, the fenders are flared to wrap around the tires, an aggressive stance that people aren’t used to seeing in recent Buicks.”

The car’s performance-oriented spirit is also conveyed in sleek, sculpted body-side detail and aggressive headlamps that further suggest motion. At the rear, an abbreviated deck and tucked-in body panels are the hallmarks of a contemporary sport sedan, with bold taillamps and their intricate lighting elements reinforcing Regal’s attention to detail. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are standard.

The sweeping design motif carries over to the interior, where the side panels flow uninterrupted into the instrument panel. The instruments have the look of expensive sport timepieces and are lit with ice-blue LED lights. The center stack, housing the climate and “infotainment” controls, was designed to allow for a lower, driver-centric instrument panel profile. Features such as a thick-rimmed, leather-wrapped steering wheel and firm, highly bolstered and leather-covered seats also support the sport-oriented driving experience.

2011 Buick Regal

“There is great design harmony between the exterior and interior,” said Cafaro. “The feeling of flow and motion carries through in an engaging manner that makes you want to take the Regal out to your favorite twisting road to see what it can do.”

A breakthrough interior

The Regal’s finely crafted, sporty and well-appointed interior builds on the exceptional attention to detail found in the Enclave and LaCrosse, blending signature styling cues with contemporary sport sedan aesthetics.

Regal’s firm, highly bolstered seats were benchmarked against the top import competitors for comfort and support, while a standard flow-through center console offers plenty of storage for passengers in the front and back.

2011 Buick Regal

Smart applications of technology are also hallmarks of the Regal, including details such as an available multi-function controller on the center console for operation of the audio system, navigation system and Bluetooth or OnStar hands-free calling. The faceplate for the “infotainment” screen is set at a 30-degree angle to contribute to the car’s flowing interior design.

A new era in Buick design is also seen in the satin metallic, piano black and new, Kibo-patterned interior trim materials. Kibo is a rich, dark, progressively grained wood that lends an international flair to the Regal.

Under the hood

Unique with its all-four-cylinder powertrain, the Regal relies on the excellent horsepower-per-liter ratio of the Ecotec engine family to deliver smart, on-demand performance that is also very efficient.

Both the standard 2.4L engine and the available 2.0L turbo use direct injection technology to optimize performance, reduce emissions and maximize fuel efficiency. The 2.0L turbo is FlexFuel-capable, meaning it can run on gasoline, E85 ethanol or any combination of the two fuels.

2011 Buick Regal

The 2.4L is the same engine offered in the Buick LaCrosse, but in the smaller, lighter Regal, it delivers more agile performance. The 2.0L turbo cements the sport sedan credibility of the Regal, with on-demand power comparable to a V-6, but the inherent efficiency of a four-cylinder. To ensure responsive power across the rpm range, the 2.0L turbo uses a twin-scroll turbocharger that builds power quickly at lower rpm.

Distinct, uniquely calibrated six-speed automatic transmissions are paired with each engine as standard equipment. Both offer driver shift control that enhance the sporty driving feel of the Regal. Models with the 2.0L turbo are also offered with an optional six-speed manual transmission.

Driving experience

The chassis and structural systems were developed in Germany and give the Regal the handling and dynamics of a premium European sport sedan, as well as the quiet, refined ride and road manners expected of a Buick. The body structure is one of the most rigid in the segment, which is approximately 25-percent stiffer than the previous Regal. This solid structure supports more precise suspension tuning and a quieter ride.

A relatively long wheelbase of 107.8 inches (2738 mm) gives the Regal refined, well-balanced vehicle dynamics and supports comfortable ride tuning. Additionally, an independent MacPherson strut-type front suspension with single-path mountings and hydraulic ride bushings; a four-link independent rear suspension; hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering; and optimized four-wheel disc brakes are optimized to the capability of the individual powertrains and tailored to the expected use by drivers. Models equipped with the 2.0L turbo engine, for example, feature larger brakes.

2011 Buick Regal

Latest-generation electronic stability control (ESC or StabiliTrak), anti-lock brake system (ABS) and traction control system (TCS) are standard with Buick’s innovative, Interactive Drive Control real-time damping system offered on CXL Turbo.

Interactive Drive Control System

Regal’s Interactive Drive Control System chassis technology (available on CXL Turbo) offers enhanced vehicle stability and greater driving safety. It is designed to change the personality of the car based on the personality of the driver. 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 driver selections.

All four dampers are electronically controlled and continuously adapt within milliseconds to the prevailing road conditions, vehicle movements and individual driving style. Chassis settings are adjustable by the driver, with Standard, Tour and Sport settings.

2011 Buick Regal

Interactive Drive Control allows the driver to choose between three different operating modes that change the suspension and stability settings, throttle response, shift pattern and steering sensitivity through the variable effort steering system.

Selecting “Sport” mode optimizes the car for dynamic driving, tightening the suspension and steering response and speeding up the reaction of the automatic transmission. The “Tour” mode is optimal for long-distance cruising or rough road conditions, providing an increase in comfort. “Standard” or Default Mode is the perfect all-around setting for daily commuting and city traffic. The other major benefit of Interactive Drive Control is that it automatically adapts Regal’s performance settings to individual driving styles. When a driver begins to drive more aggressively it will tighten the suspension and increase steering effort and change to a more aggressive throttle response. When the vehicle senses that the driver is doing relaxed cruising, it adjusts settings for rolling smoothness and comfort.

Apart from a more rewarding driving experience, Interactive Drive Control also offers safety benefits in emergency situations. For example, if an obstacle must be avoided when the car is in Tour mode, various chassis sensors convey this to the DMC and the dampers are stiffened within milliseconds, delivering greater body control.

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