• Oblio Arrow Posted: 12/7/2008 1:20pm PST

    The 2009 Buick Regal is simply a rebadged Opel Insignia - which happens to be getting very good reviews. It will eventually come to the USA as the next Chevy Malibu.

  • Ed Posted: 12/6/2008 10:56am PST

    "Lok
    December 5th, 2008 - 11:10 pm
    The new 2009 Buick Regal just launched in China is very nice and I think it is going to sell well. It beats the Camry and Accord both in features, performance, and price."
    I've seen the Chinese Buicks up close in China for more than a month. The smaller so-called "Buicks" there are re-badged DAEWOOS made in Korea and sold everywhere else as the "CHEVY" Aveo.
    The bigger Buicks in CHina are different and MUCH BETTER than US buicks in interior luxuries and exterior styling.
    I do not hear GM asking CHINA for $25 BILLION handouts. After all, Buick has NO CHANCE outside CHina, and GM makes a million of them there every year.
    Why is that?

  • Lok Posted: 12/6/2008 12:10am PST

    The new 2009 Buick Regal just launched in China is very nice and I think it is going to sell well. It beats the Camry and Accord both in features, performance, and price.

  • JKD Posted: 12/5/2008 5:21pm PST

    It will probably be a good-looking car but, c'mon, if they're updating the powertrain then why not have it ride on the CTS or the G8 (or its derivative) platform? A nice, budget-priced, rear-driven Buick would have had a chance.

  • Dave Posted: 12/5/2008 4:24pm PST

    Ed- I agree. Take for instance the interior of a 03 LeSabre, totaly pitiful! And they wonder why they are in the state they are in. Materials where crap, dash panel gaps where crap. And that was not that long ago. But man what they have done in the past few years like the interiors of the CTS, 2010 LaCrosse, it does look promising. But is it to late?

  • Ed Posted: 12/5/2008 2:21pm PST

    "Dave
    December 4th, 2008 - 8:50 pm
    I agree with JKD, but you have to agree this a good looking car. GM is going in the right direction design wise at least."
    I agree that there were several Buicks, even back in the 90s (park Avenue etc) that looked either inoffensive or even good, and similar to far better cars (Jags etc), BUT once you open the door and sit at the wheel, the gauges in front of you were DISMALLY UGLY and poorly designed, ergonomically, materials, and etc-wise.

  • GoBig3 Posted: 12/5/2008 1:18pm PST

    Foreign governments subsidize their car industry, so why shouldn't the US? GM is going in the right direction, and the Buick LaCrosse is a great example. And it's not too little too late. It's a small but important step towards the road to recovery. Give the Big 3 a chance, and stop asking for them to go bankrupt. Bankruptcy is and will never be an option when millions of jobs are at stake. Why is the Big 3 singled out as the bad guy here when it's the politicians and investors who got us in this mess? Why should the Big 3 give up their corporate jets when politicians like Nancy Pelosi have one as well? I'm tired of all these double-standards. Why is it ok to bail out banks and financial institutions and not the auto companies? These same banks should use their bailout money to lend to these car companies, and the loans won't be needed for the auto industry.

  • Ed Posted: 12/5/2008 11:24am PST

    Too little, too late.
    The pitiful Lacrosse, not to mention even the Lucerne, should be one of the almost 100 models GM needs to DISCONTINUE, if not for technical reasons, for ECON reasons anyway.
    Toyota had no more luck with its Buick-fighter the Avalon, which may look really good on paper (HP, price etc) but is a really lame, reactionary car bought by buyers who will be literally dead by the time they trade it in...
    And PLEASE do not tell me that the czhinese like Buicks. I am aware. I lived and worked in China for a month too, and I have seen them. Did GM ask the chinese Gov for a Bailout? IF it does, and it gets any $, then it can put Buick on life-support.

  • Drew Posted: 12/5/2008 11:19am PST

    JKD, 6-speed auto and the 3.6 litre from the CTS.

  • Rick Branch Posted: 12/5/2008 7:58am PST

    Poor GM. They get it wrong even in their own promo video. If you look at the twenty second mark you'll see that the car pictured is a Cadillac Eldorado convertable, circa '59 or '60!

  • Ralph Posted: 12/5/2008 1:59am PST

    I believe it will have the same engines as the Malibu, but only with 6 speed auto. 260hp should be enough for this car. My beef is rear seat headroom, and the trunk looks small.

  • Dave Posted: 12/4/2008 9:50pm PST

    I agree with JKD, but you have to agree this a good looking car. GM is going in the right direction design wise at least.

  • JKD Posted: 12/4/2008 9:34pm PST

    I wonder if GM's state of the art 4-speed auto transmission and the 200-hp base engine from the 2009 model make it into 2010...