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John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 7-20-2017 Everyone loves reading about luxury, rear-drive, 200 MPH sedans with stick shifts, and GM's Cadillac division makes the best in the world. The problem is that nobody buys them. ATS compact sports sedan sales are at a level below the Chevy Volt now, and the CTS is barely selling, with sales having dropped below 1,000 per month on average in 2017. The truth is that rear-drive means space compromises and the halo V versions of these outstanding cars can't draw buyers to the 4-cylinder automatics. Another fact is that sedans as a class of cars have jumped the shark, as most shoppers now search for crossovers. Maybe Buick has a better plan to attract premium sedan drivers to the GM fold. The new 2018 Regal GS has a slightly different formula for GM. One that is more practical for everyday use and still affords its driver more than enough performance for public roads. With 310 hp from the GM's 3.6-liter V6 engine, power is at or above that offered by most mainstream and premium models. Of course, GM names Audi and BMW in its press release comparisons, but let's all hope that this car does not attract only those (very limited) buyers. The real meat of the premium market resides with Lexus and Acura in the premium sedan marketplace. The Buick Regal GS may well pull in some of those (much more numerous) shoppers. The Regal GS will feature AWD standard. That gets many buyers who believe that real performance means driving the rear wheels on board. Not all, but Caddy's CTS-V is there for the purists. The front-drive platform the Regal uses will have more interior space due to its design. Buick is adding in sporty elements to the Regal GS In what looks to be just the right amounts. those include: -New 3.6L V-6 with 310 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque featuring direct injection, cylinder deactivation and stop/start technology -Standard nine-speed automatic transmission and intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) with active twin clutch for improved vehicle control, and five-link rear suspension -GS-specific, AGR-certified, performance seats that are heated, cooled and massaging with adjustable seat and seat-back bolsters as well as thigh support -Second-generation Continuous Damping Control (CDC) capable of 500 adjustments per second and Interactive Drive Control with GS and Sport modes -Unique sport front and rear fascias, side skirts and rear spoiler -Standard 19-inch wheels -Performance brakes with Brembo front calipers -Sport-tuned exhaust system -Sport flat-bottom steering wheel and metal pedals -Available head-up display Buick's recently impressive quality scores and more modern and appealing styling will start to add back buyers. Cars like the Regal GS may be what the company needs to augment crossovers in the showrooms where shoppers looking for more than Chevy offers go to consider their options. We have not seen any GM media fleet cars for a while. If GM supplies a Regal GS to the GM-trucks' media fleet in the coming year we will provide a full review here at GM-trucks.com.
You might have seen that just a few days ago, I had an opportunity to drive the refreshed 2014 Buick LaCrosse and Regal. What I didn't say, until last night, was that I'm so impressed with the new Buick lineup that they couldn't get me out of them. So, instead of prying my hands off the steering wheel of a Regal GS, they threw me the keys and told me to have fun. So, I'm taking my sweet time driving home. I'm hanging out in Northeast, Ohio for the weekend and can't wait to share a lot of pictures as I drive the GS around the coast of Lake Erie. Middle of next week, I'll be driving this GS back to New Hampshire. Until then, I'll be using this thread to post photos and little details about the 2014 Regal that stand out to me. Here's the GS that "stole".... I couldn't ask for a better road trip vehicle. "My" GS is front-wheel-drive, manual transmission, and comes with a turbo-charged 2.0L 4-cylinder. It's almost the best of both worlds; great fuel economy and performance on demand when needed. On my 300-mile leg yesterday I averaged 30.5MPG. Impressive for a "performance" vehicle. With a starding price of $36,905, this GS also has the optional sunroof, premium Crystal Red Tintcoat paint, and the Driver Confidence I package (Lane Departure, distance follow, collision alert...). Our example Regal GS has an MSRP of $40,415 (includes a $925 destination fee) My favorite feature so far has to be the 8-inch LCD screen in the gauge cluster. I'll stop by and post more stuff every day for the next week. The only days I won't be able to contribute is Monday (I'll be flying to NYC to cover the Escalade launch...more on that later).
Good morning everyone! I'm currently in Cincinnati, Ohio getting ready to drive the entire 2014 Buick line. That includes a significant refresh to the 2014 Regal and 2014 LaCrosse. I'm pretty pumped, because the new refreshed models are seriously nice. From leather wrapped volume knobs in the LaCrosse to an 8-inch LCD screen in the gauge luster in the Regal, these are not your father's Buick. A significant sidebar to all this is that 2014 is the 110th year for Buick. So, starting today at a little after 8am, eastern, check back in and we'll start our day driving the 2014 Buick lineup. Here's a few stock photos to show you the new LaCrosse and Regal to get started. Regal LaCrosse