2013 Buick Regal Receives Standard eAssist Hybrid Technology

2013 Buick Regal eAssist Hybrid Columbia SC

The 2013 Buick Regal with standard eAssist will achieve an EPA-estimated 36 MPG highway.

Buick has announced that the 2013 Buick Regal luxury sedan will receive the eAssist suite of fuel-saving technologies as standard equipment.  eAssist, available today on the 2012 Buick Regal, mates an electric motor and battery pack with the Regal’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine to capture and supply energy otherwise lost when braking and decelerating.  It also incorporates new aerodynamic improvements designed to reduce drag, combining for an improvement of around 25 percent to Regal’s gas mileage.

eAssist became standard equipment on the Buick LaCrosse in Columbia SC for the 2012 model year, where it provides a near-full-size sedan with impressive EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 MPG city and 36 MPG highway.  LaCrosse with eAssist has seen exceptional sales during its first year on the market, outselling the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid by 3-to-1 and the Lexus HS250h by 5-to-1 in January according to Hybridcars.com.  With eAssist’s addition to Regal’s already-impressive list of standard equipment (including heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, USB, and so much more) in lieu of the base 2.4-liter trim level, it should make the Regal an even more compelling option for buyers looking at premium sedans.

2013 Buick Regal Turbocharged Engines Return to Columbia SC

Columbia car shoppers shouldn’t write off the Buick Regal as a car that’s gone soft for green cred, though.  Regal’s optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine remains an option for 2013 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission.  Also returning for 2013 is the Buick Regal GS, which features a 270-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, Interactive Drive Control with the model-exclusive GS mode for tighter handling, Brembo front brakes, and Buick’s innovative HiPer Strut front suspension designed to reduce or eliminate torque steer found on other high-performance front-wheel drive cars.  All Regal models draw their origins in a platform developed by some of Europe’s finest engineers on its most demanding roads.  With sharp handling and Buick’s world-renowned luxury, it’s a package that’s hard to beat.

Buick Regal For Sale in Columbia SC

Jim Hudson Buick is the oldest Buick dealer in Columbia SC, having served the Columbia area for many years with a focus on complete customer satisfaction.  Jim Hudson has been voted Best New Car Dealership by readers of The State an unmatched eleven years in a row and counting, and carries and services a full line of Buick models including the Buick Regal and Regal GS.  Jim Hudson Buick is located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia SC and can be reached by phone at (888) 377-4971.

Buick Regal in Columbia SC Receives 1.9% APR Financing Offer

Buick Regal in Columbia, South Carolina

Sales of the 2011 Buick Regal have shot up nationwide.

Jim Hudson Buick, the premier Buick dealership in Columbia, South Carolina, is pleased to announce special low financing rates on the 2011 Buick Regal premium sport sedan. Customers who take delivery of a new Buick Regal before May 2, 2011, can take advantage of low 1.9% APR financing for up to 60 months with approved credit when they finance through Ally Bank.  Columbia drivers that prefer to finance for longer terms can also take advantage of low 3.9% APR financing for up to 72 months with approved credit.


Buick Regal Sales Skyrocket in 2011

National sales figured for the new Buick Regal show that it is fast becoming a popular choice in the premium sedan segment, a more than worthy alternative to cars like the Acura TSX, Audi A4, and Volkswagen CC.  Regal has the highest conquest rate of of any Buick thus far this year, with 46 percent of its buyers coming from outside the GM family.  February national sales for the 2011 Buick Regal were up 55 percent compared to January despite a shorter month, an increase attributed to the availability of the 220-horsepower Buick Regal Turbo.  Beyond the additional power offered by the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, Regal Turbo offers impressive fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 32 highway miles per gallon when equipped with the available six-speed manual transmission.  (Yes, it’s true–a manual transmission in a Buick!)  Sales are expected to increase through the second half of the year thanks to the pending arrivals of the 255-horsepower Buick Regal GS and the 37-MPG Buick Regal with eAssist featuring Buick’s powerful light electrification technology and exclusive aerodynamic tweaks to improve fuel economy even further.

Buick Regal Dealers in Columbia, South Carolina

Jim Hudson Buick is the oldest Buick dealership in Columbia, South Carolina, and carries a great selection of 2011 and 2012 Buick Regal models.  Jim Hudson was among the very first in the United States to receive the new Buick Regal, and will be among the first to receive the new GS and eAssist models once they begin production.  Jim Hudson prides itself on complete customer satisfaction before, during, and after the sale, a commitment noted by the public voting Jim Hudson Best New Car Dealership an unmatched ten years in a row in The State’s annual Readers’ Choice poll.  For more information on the 2011 Buick Regal, visit the Buick Regal Columbia SC page on Jim Hudson’s website, or visit them at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia to test-drive a Regal of your own.

Buick Regal Hybrid Technology Coming to Columbia SC for 2012

Buick Regal eAssist Columbia SC

The 2012 Buick Regal with eAssist will arrive at Jim Hudson Buick in Fall 2011. (Image: GM Media)

Jim Hudson Buick, the premier Buick dealer in Columbia, South Carolina, announces the 2012 Buick Regal with eAssist™ fuel-saving technology, which improves overall fuel economy by 25 percent over the 2011 four-cylinder/six-speed powertrain. Estimated fuel economy is 26 mpg city and 37 mpg on the highway (pending EPA certification); the 2011 Buick Regal CXL is EPA rated at an estimated 19 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

Regal with eAssist joins the 2012 LaCrosse as the second Buick for sale in Columbia, South Carolina to feature the efficiency-enhancing technology. The system uses a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery system, electric induction motor-generator and regenerative braking capability to improve fuel economy without the extra cost and complexity of a full hybrid system. Its fuel economy tops competitors such as the Acura TSX, rated at 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. Regal’s estimated 37 mpg on the highway is 20 percent greater and the TSX doesn’t offer a six-speed automatic transmission, which is offered on the Buick as standard equipment.

“Buick’s eAssist technology means customers don’t have to trade a premium driving experience for efficiency,” said Tony DiSalle, VP of marketing for Buick. “We believe Regal and LaCrosse with eAssist provide more logical and affordable choices, compared to other hybrid midsize and full-size luxury sedans.”

Regal with eAssist will be available for sale in Columbia, South Carolina in the fall of 2011. It joins an expanding lineup that also includes 2.4L and 2.0L Turbo (with manual transmission) models, as well as the upcoming Buick Regal GS. Regal with eAssist offers the range of luxury and convenience packages offered in the other models, along with unique features available to Columbia drivers including:

  • Lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in lower-rolling-resistance tires
  • A driver-selectable, fuel economy-optimizing mode for the air conditioning system, which enables more frequent and longer-duration periods where the engine stops
  • An ECO gauge on the instrument panel that continuously responds to driving behavior, enabling the driver to drive with greater efficiency
  • A powerflow readout in the 7-inch infotainment screen, which shows the flow of energy through the electric assist system, such as battery charging from regeneration and electric power directed to the engine.

Mated to Regal’s 2.4L Ecotec direct injection four-cylinder engine and next-generation six-speed HydraMatic automatic transmission, the eAssist system uses power stored in the battery to provide needed electrical boost in various driving scenarios, optimizing engine and transmission operation. An advanced 115V lithium-ion battery and latest-generation 15-kW induction motor-generator unit help increase fuel economy through:

  • Regenerative braking, which provides up to 15 kW of electricity to charge the battery
  • Providing up to 11 kW (15 hp) of electric power assistance during acceleration
  • Automatic engine shut-off when the vehicle is stopped
  • Aggressive fuel cut-off during deceleration down to a halt, enabled by the torque smoothing provided by the induction motor-generator unit
  • Intelligent charge/discharge of the high-voltage battery.

“The capability to deliver electric boost to the powertrain system during heavy acceleration and grade driving enables the engine and transmission to operate more efficiently,” said Steve Poulos, global chief engineer of the eAssist system. “Full fuel shutoff at stops and during deceleration complements electric boost and regenerative braking with additional fuel savings.”

Regal with eAssist technology also features improved underbody aerodynamics and tires optimized for performance and fuel economy. Also included is a hill-assist system that captures brake pressure to help the driver more comfortably accelerate from a stop on a moderate or steep grade. It does this by greatly reducing the tendency of the vehicle to roll backward with the engine in shut-down mode.

The eAssist system’s 115V air-cooled lithium-ion battery bolsters the 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder engine with approximately 11 kW (15 hp) of electric power assist during heavy acceleration and 15 kW of regenerative braking power. The system also enables the Ecotec engine to shut down fuel delivery in certain conditions when the vehicle is slowing down, which saves additional fuel for Columbia drivers. While in fuel shut-off mode, the induction motor-generator unit continues spinning along with the engine to provide immediate and smooth take-off power when the driver presses on the accelerator. Then, as the vehicle comes to a stop, the induction motor-generator unit spins the engine, bringing it to a smooth stop and in just the right position for a smooth restart.

“The battery system is designed to provide power assistance to the internal combustion engine, rather than store energy for all-electric propulsion,” said Poulos. “It’s really an extension of the conventional internal combustion engine, not a replacement for it.”

The eAssist power pack contains the lithium-ion battery pack, the integrated power inverter and 12V power supply. It is located in a compartment between the rear seat and trunk and weighing only about 65 pounds (29 kg). Trunk space is slightly reduced when compared with 2011 models with the four-cylinder/six-speed powertrain, but still offers 11.1 cubic feet (314 liters) of storage. A quiet electric fan cools the power pack, drawing air from a vent located in the package tray, behind the rear seat.

The eAssist system’s electric induction motor-generator is mounted to the engine in place of the alternator to provide both motor assist and electric-generating functions through a unique engine belt-drive system. The induction motor-generator is a high-performance, compact induction motor that is liquid-cooled for increased performance and efficiency.

Next-generation six-speed transmission improves Regal with eAssist’s efficiency in Columbia

The eAssist system works with Regal’s direct injected 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder and next-generation six-speed automatic powertrain combination. In the Regal with eAssist, the engine is rated at 182 horsepower (136 kW) and the next-generation Hydra-Matic 6T40 takes transmission technology to the next level with features designed to enhance the efficiency of Regal’s powertrain, which will be backed by the same exceptional 5-year/100,000-mile (whichever comes first) limited warranty as any other Regal.

Significant internal transmission changes to clutch controls and hardware provide reduced spin losses while improving shift response and time. The added electric power provided by the eAssist system allows for higher gearing to improve steady state efficiency without impacting acceleration performance or driveability. The system’s ability to provide some electric assistance at cruising speeds allows the driver to accelerate lightly or ascend mild grades without the transmission downshifting.

An auxiliary, electric-driven transmission oil pump is added to the 6T40, which keeps the transmission primed and the fluid flowing when the engine shuts down at a stop. That keeps the transmission ready to perform when the driver accelerates, for a seamless, uncompromised driving experience.

Buick Regal with eAssist Coming to Jim Hudson Buick in Columbia SC

The 2012 Buick Regal with eAssist will join an impressive lineup of Buick Regal sedans this fall at Jim Hudson Buick in Columbia, South Carolina.  Jim Hudson is the oldest Buick dealership in Columbia, acquiring its franchise from Hancock Buick in 2007, and serves both new and long-time Buick owners alike with a commitment to complete customer satisfaction.  A ten-time winner of The State’s Readers’ Choice award for Best New Car Dealership, Jim Hudson’s focus on customer service is known throughout the entire city of Columbia.  For more information on the 2012 Buick Regal, visit Jim Hudson’s Buick Regal Columbia SC page on their website.