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Buick Lacrosse News

  • 2018 Buick LaCrosse

    When the 2017 Buick LaCrosse made its debut at the 2015 Los Angeles auto show, the eAssist mild-hybrid powertrain offered in the previous-generation model was noticeably absent. Buick has rectified the issue for the 2018 model year by announcing that its 2018 LaCrosse will come standard with a mild-hybrid powertrain. Above this remains a 3.6-liter V-6 option. Once again, the mild-hybrid powertrain on the LaCrosse consists of a small electric motor-generator that replaces the standard starter motor of the internal combustion engine, in this case a 2.5-liter inline-4. (The previous LaCrosse...

  • 2017 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid (Chinese spec)
    Buick Lacrosse Hybrid unveiled at Beijing Auto Show, for China only

    The Buick Lacrosse Hybrid uses a similar powertrain to the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid.

  • 'Regeneration Road,' part of the Buick Fuel Efficiency Games app
    Buick eAssist Smartphone App Makes A Game Out Of Saving Fuel

    The Buick Fuel Efficiency Games App teaches players about mild hybrid systems, aerodynamics and maximizing fuel economy.

  • 2012 Buick Lacrosse with eAssist, Catskill Mountains, October 2011
    2012 Buick Lacrosse With eAssist: Mild Hybrid Weekend Drive

    We drove the prototype, and liked it. Now we've driven the real thing. We still like it. In this case, "it" is the 2012 Buick Lacrosse with eAssist, the only four-cylinder model that Buick offers in its Lacrosse large luxury sedan. While large Buicks aren't known for their gas mileage, this one is...

  • 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Live Shots
    2012 Buick Lacrosse eAssist: TV Ad Sells MPGs, Avoids H-Word (Video)

    The 2012 Buick Lacrosse with eAssist is now beginning to roll into dealerships across the country, and we've been curious to see how GM would market the car. On our preview drive this spring of a prototype Lacrosse with eAssist, we noticed that the dreaded H-word (hybrid) had been virtually...

  • 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Live Shots
    2012 Buick Lacrosse eAssist 37-MPG Sedan Priced At $30,820 (With Destination)

    Buick announced today that it would price the four-cylinder version of its 2012 Lacrosse large sedan at $29,960. That sneaks the advertised price neatly under the $30,000 mark, although a mandatory $860 destination charge means buyers will see a sticker of at least $30,820 before they start adding...

  • 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Live Shots

    To date, Buick and "fuel economy" haven't often been used in the same sentence. But the 2012 Buick LaCrosse, the brand's largest surviving car, will offer one engine option that's projected to deliver 25 mpg city, 37 mpg highway. That's not bad for a midsize near-luxury sedan (though 1 mpg lower on city mileage than Buick had hoped). We've just driven a development prototype of the 2012 LaCrosse fitted with the eAssist system that will be standard on the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the smaller of two engines (the other is a 3.6-liter V-6). Electric "boost" It includes not only a...

  • 2012 Buick Regal with eAssist
    What's Good For GM Is...Good For The Environment?

    We asked last year if the new GM would be a cleantech play. It’s looking more and more like that’s the case. Yesterday, the company announced it would be rolling out a hybrid technology system called eAssist in the Buick Regal 2012 that will boost fuel economy by 25 percent. The system...

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    Chevy's Got the Volt; Will Cadillac Be GM's Hybrid Leader?

    Among car buyers, none of the four surviving General Motors brands are really associated with hybrid vehicles. Now that customer deliveries have started for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car, GM's other brands will need some green cred too. What's the future of GM's Two-Mode...

  • Buick eAssist Hybrid Technology
    GM Mild Hybrids: If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again

    The 2011 Chevrolet Volt has gotten all the attention lately, including a narrow second-place finish in our GreenCarReports 2011 Best Car To Buy award, but General Motors also has a significant hybrid-electric vehicle program. While its full-size Two-Mode Hybrid trucks have had mixed success, the...

  • Buick eAssist Hybrid Technology
    GM Resurrects Mild Hybrid System For 2012 Buick LaCrosse

    As we first reported more than a year ago, a beefier version of GM’s mild hybrid system, the kind that was on the previous Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, is coming next year. Set to debut on the 2012 Buick LaCrosse, GM’s new “eAssist” mild hybrid system is said to improve fuel...

  • Audi R8 e-tron at Le Mans
    Oh, Audi, How Could You? The French Like Electric Cars, But...

    Marketing missteps in naming cars quickly become legendary. There's the urban myth that the Chevrolet Nova failed in South America because in Spanish, no va means "won't go." (It's not true.) But now it turns out that Audi may have committed a blunder in naming its line of electric cars e-Tron...

  • 2010 Buick LaCrosse

    Sure, hybrids and electric cars are great, but they sell in small numbers. The way most cars will meet newer, more aggressive fuel-economy rules is by making engines smaller and more efficient. Case in point: the 2010 Buick LaCrosse, a midsize sedan now offered with a 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine generating 182 horsepower, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. While that's far from the stunning 274 horsepower Hyundai manages to generate from the 2.0-liter turbocharged four in its 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T, it motivates the midsize Buick fine in most cases. It also...

  • Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept
    2010 Detroit Auto Show: Cadillac XTS Concept Revives GM's Plug-In Hybrid Hopes

    Say "luxury hybrid," and very few people think of Cadillac. Sure, the Escalade Hybrid large luxury sport-utility vehicle has been around for a few years, but Cadillac has no hybrid sedans. That may be about to change, if the Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept unveiled this morning at the Detroit Auto...

  • GM Recycling
    Your New Car Is Made Of Old Carpet, Milk Jugs, and Ripped Jeans

    When you think of a brand-new, gleaming, 2010 model car rolling out of your driveway, what materials come to mind? Steel, chrome, soft-touch interior plastics, maybe even supple leather upholstery? Well, how about some old carpets, ground-up milk cartons, and shredded, faded, raggedy blue jeans?...

  • 2010 Buick LaCrosse
    Hybrid Buick LaCrosse Expected

    The redesigned 2010 Buick LaCrosse will add a fuel efficient 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder engine to the lineup.  But of even more interest, according to GM execs, a hybrid model is also expected in the near future. GM's global vehicle line executive James Frederico appears to confirm this but did not...

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