2012 Buick Regal Hybrid review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 8 February 2011 , 18:02:20 byVeronica

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Buick Regal Hybrid

With an estimated fuel economy of 26 mpg city and 37 mpg on the highway, the new 2012 Buick Regal is going to hit the markets, incorporating fuel-saving technology together with efficiency-enhancing technology. It improves fuel economy with its state-of-art lithium-ion battery system, regenerative braking capability as well as electric induction motor-generator. Buick provides eAssist technology which confers more affordable and logical choices, completed by premium driving experience. This system optimizes engine and transmission operation by using the power stored in the battery and thus ensures the required electrical boost in various driving scenarios.
Numerous other features are available, such as 17-inch alloy wheel and tires that integrate lower rolling resistance, greater efficiency when driving, due to an ECO gauge on the instrument panel that offer continuous responses to driving behaviour.
Also, the engine and transmission are capable of operating more efficiently thanks to the delivery of electric boost to the powertrain system during grade driving and heavy acceleration.
Providing both motor assist and electric-generating functions through a unique engine belt-drive system, the electric induction motor-generator is to be found to the engine, replacing the alternator. This unit smooths torque and thus cuts off fuel during acceleration down to zero.
Shift responses and time are significantly improved, while spin losses are reduced through the internal transmission changes to clutch controls and hardware.
The Buick Regal with eAssist technology further integrates optimized tires, improved underbody aerodynamics, while a hill-assist system helps the driver accelerate more comfortably from a stop on a steep or moderate grade.