Volt, Cruze lead charge at reconstituted GM
Buick has a few pleasant surprises in store for consumers for 2011 in the form of the Buick Regal and the Buick LaCrosse, two sedans that may change the way people think about Buick.
The Regal was discontinued in 2004, but has been redesigned, reinvigorated and resurrected with the 2011 model. Although it’s billed as a family sedan, it could just as easily be called a sports sedan. The six-speed automatic transmission, paired with either the 2.4-liter, 182-horsepower engine or a turbocharged 2.0 liter, 220 horsepower engine, gives the car plenty of pop and makes driving a Buick a pleasant little thrill.
“It’s part of Buick’s brand new line,” said Seth Rosa, sales manager for Ed Bozarth. “They’re appealing to a younger generation.”
Likewise, the LaCrosse appeals to those who’ve always enjoyed the smooth ride and plush interior of a Buick. The luxury sedan has proved to be a hit with Buick customers and converts, who are pleased with the performance and style of the vehicle.
Ed Bozarth has LaCrosse models on the showroom floor and expects to get its first shipment of Regal models soon.
For 2011, Chevrolet is introducing the Cruze, an entry-level sedan that enjoys the best fuel economy in its class, rated up to 40 miles per gallon on the highway. Standard features on the base model include 16-inch steel wheels, OnStar, a 60/40-split rear seat, a trip computer and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. The more deluxe models feature a turbocharged engine, leather seats, remote vehicle start, heated seats, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and rear park assist.
With a base price of $16,995, Chevy expects to win the comparison against the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic.
The Chevy Equinox was redesigned in 2010, and consumers couldn’t get enough of the small SUV.
“We could have sold more, but we didn’t have enough at the time,” said Rosa. “Now, we’re getting a steady supply.”
The Equinox offers an array of incredible standard features including OnStar with one year safe and sound plan, XM radio with three trial months, variable assist power steering and mulitflex rear seating. It also has the best fuel economy in its class, with an estimated 32 mpg on the highway.
The best-selling vehicle at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet has been the Silverado, and the dealer expects customers to get excited about the new 2500 HD Duramax Silverado. When talking trucks, HD doesn’t mean high definition, Harley Davidson or Home Depot. It stands for heavy duty, and the new 2500 is built for heavy duty work, hauling and towing. With a standard 6.0-liter V8 that produces 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque and a six-speed automatic transmission, the new truck is meant to be a workhorse. The optional Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel is an entire stable. The pickup is available in regular, extended or crew cab configurations.
The dealership has 2011 models on the floor now.