Buick dealers have seen a quick turn around with the 2012 LaCrosse eAssist. The lightly electrified sedan is spending only 14 days from arrival to purchase on national lots. This is becoming true for all regions, including California.
Most drivers out there, especially those who are seeking style and a move away from standard gas only engines also look for comfort, space and highway fuel efficiency. These are all met by the LaCrosse eAssist. The LaCrosse gets an impressive 36mpg on the highway and 30mpg in mixed driving, driving habits that many fuel price conscious Americans share. The sedans size would not invoke a gas efficient machine but it does with the light electrification engine. Many Americans can go out and buy the new diesels on the market, but with the expense of diesel fuel and the fuel additivies required to lower diesel engine emissions, the math just doesn’t work out when Buick unveiled the eAssist model of the LaCrosse.
In part due to the strong start for eAssist, Buick retail sales through November are projected to be up more than 17 percent year to date, with the Enclave luxury crossover expected to deliver another solid gain. Total Regal sales, including the efficient new Regal eAssist and the sporty GS, are expected to continue a trend of sales growth with year-over-year November gains. The new Verano compact luxury sedan is starting to arrive at dealers.
The eAssist LaCrosse uses an advanced 2.4L Ecotec direct-injection four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission. The small electric motor aids in acceleration, while energy captured from the regenerative braking allows the engine to shut off completely while the vehicle is at a stop and it does it without disrupting driver comfort or their entertainment systems
“LaCrosse eAssist is a highly efficient sedan that doesn’t compromise on the refinement that comes standard on every Buick,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Buick and GMC Sales and Service. “Getting 36 highway mpg is great, but what’s better is that customers won’t have to give up style, passenger comfort, or the car’s great suite of technology features.”
It will retail for a price starting under $30,000. Buick’s eAssist is standard on LaCrosse, which also offers more rear legroom than its competition in Lexus or Acura. Available features include rear park assist, side blind zone alert, articulating high-intensity discharge headlamps, and a Harman/Kardon sound system.