2011 New Cars: USA

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Buick Regal

New: A smaller and sportier Buick derived from Europe's Opel Insignia.

Noteworthy: Power comes from a lively, if not quite quick, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or, starting later this fall, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four. Both engines come with a six-speed automatic, but the turbo can be paired with a very good manual gearbox as a no-cost option. Unlike Regals of recent memory, there's no bargain-basement version. Leather seats (heated in front) and eighteen-inch wheels are standard. An even sportier Regal GS should arrive next year featuring all-wheel drive and a tweaked version of the 2.0-liter engine good for at least 255 hp.

On sale: Now
BASE PRICE RANGE: $26,995-$29,495
SPECS: 2.4L I-4, 182 hp, 172 lb-ft; 2.0L turbo I-4, 220 hp, 258 lb-ft; front-wheel drive

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With Pontiac, Saturn, and Saab out of the way, GM gives Buick some genuinely interesting vehicles.

So, you feature the Ford Edge with its "bigger grille and two more engines", or the Lincoln MKZ, or the Caddy CTS... and not a single mention of the Dodge Durango, Chrysler 200, 300 and Town & Country?? I don't ask for blind praise of the Mopar products, but what does it take Chrysler for you guys to provide at least some information about them?
With a 40 mile battery range before the gas engine kicks in the Volt is primarily for short daily commutes to work, not a long-range vehicle if you wish battery only operation. As a commuter car you won't use the gas engine and will save on engine tune-ups, oil changes, etc. It might be worth $41,000 to some but even with using no gasoline it would take a long time to recoup the extra cost of the Volt over a gas-only or hybrid Toyota or Honda. Thanks GM though for finally getting on board with electric cars, thanks to taxpayer bailout.
Yes we are sick of hearing about it the lousy Government Motors Chevy Volt, and making a thousand of them is a waste of taxpayer's money, just like keeping GM operating. We need progressive, independent, private, new manufacturer's not corrupt and lazy GM and UAW.

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