Due out this fall is the new 2012 Buick Regal with eAssist, a new fuel saving technology that should boost the 2012 Regal’s fuel economy by 25%. By combining a lithium-ion battery system and electric induction motor-generator that works in conjunction with the Regal’s 2.4L Ecotec direct injection four-cylinder, Buick is predicting mileage figures of 26 city / 37 highway. For comparison the standard Regal without eAssist gets 19 city / 30 highway so the improvement we’re seeing is actually quite good. Quite honestly I have no idea why Buick isn’t calling this a hybrid, but I suppose that’s due to their marketing people as “eAssist” just sounds more fun. Aside from the additional mileage generated by the electric motor, eAssist also provides regenerative braking, automatic engine shut-off when the vehicle comes to a stop and improved under-body aerodynamics with tires optimized for performance and fuel economy. Buick has cars like the Acura TSX dead in its sights with the 2012 Buick Regal eAssist. In fact according to Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick marketing,
Having driven both the Regal CXL and CXL Turbo I can tell you that it’s a beautifully made automobile that offers great styling and features. As for the performance on the new eAssist – I’ll reserve my judgment on that until I actually drive one.