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In the past week, the first shipments of all new 2010 Buick Regal have been coming into New Jersey from Germany. And we're pleased to hear that starting this fall, the Regal will be available with flex-fuel compatibility. Although the first several months of Regal production will all be powered by a gasoline-only version of General Motors' normally aspirated 2.4-liter inline four.

Once the 2.0-liter direct injected turbo four cylinder starts arriving in late August, both engines will be able to run on either gasoline or E85 ethanol. The turbocharged variant will be GM's first production E85-capable turbocharged and direct injected engine. The engine was originally developed for the new Saab 9-5, which uses the same Epsilon II platform as the Regal, and GM decided to install it in the U.S.-spec Buick as well.

According Jim Federico, vehicle line executive for the global mid size platform, combining direct injection and turbo charging will allow the new engine to get much closer to the volumetric fuel efficiency of gasoline while running on ethanol. Until now, normally aspirated flex-fuel engines typically have gotten about 15 percent worse fuel efficiency while on ethanol. The Regal engine should cut that deficit to the mid-single digits and future versions should be just about even.

90% of Buicks in China Are Bought for Cash

Here in the United States, the majority of new car sales are financed, and very few people will buy a car with cash. The exact opposite is true in China.  Over 90% of new car sales are conducted for cash and that's quite a lot considering that Buick dealers in Beijing, Shanghai, and other large cities, typically sell over 2,000 cars a year. Another factor that's different in China is the rate in which Buicks are sold. A Buick, on average, will spend less than 20 days on a lot. An exception to that is the Enclave. Because they're imported from the U.S., the Buick Enclave is priced higher and it is only available by special order.

2011 Buick Regal Chinese Commerical

While I was browsing YouTube earlier this morning, I came across a Chinese advertisement for the 2011 Buick Regal. It's definitely a cool commercial and it shows off the Regal from multiple angles along with a clip of the Regal peeling out at a stop light. How cool is that?

When I first watched this clip, I noticed the badge on the front fender with the letter "T" in it. As a car guy?

Coming Soon: Buick Excelle Compact Sedan

The next step in Buick's plan for world domination is a new small sedan based on the Opel Astra called the Buick Excelle. Following what's likely to be its debut for the Chinese market later this month at the Beijing Motor Show, Buick plans to bring the compact sedan to the United States in 2011.

Slotting beneath the Regal in Buick's lineup, the new compact sedan will be based on General Motor's Delta II architecture, the very same that will underpin the Chevrolet Cruze and Volt. From the spy photos we can clearly see the new model will sport the signature Buick waterfall grille, expressive headlights inspired by the Regal and hood-mounted portholes.

Look for the new Buick model to be produced at GM's Lordstown, Ohio facility. GM's Lordstown plant will begin production of the Cruze in June 2010, with the Buick sedan likely to follow about 12 to 18 months later. The compact Buick sedan should hit dealers by early 2012 with a price tag at or below the $20,000 mark.

New GM Commercial with Ed Whitacre

I was sitting with my wife last night when this commercial came on featuring Ed Whitacre CEO of GM.  My first thought was finally Ed's showing so fire!  I really think this a great commercial, I mean come on GM paid off the loans five years early.  Check out the Video...

This morning, General Motors Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre confirmed that the company has paid back a total of $5.8 billion in federal loans a full five years ahead of schedule. Whitacre attributed the company's ability to make the payment, with interest, to its new strategy and the success of new models like the Buick Lacrosse.

GM received some $50 billion in loans from both the U.S. and Canadian governments, with the majority of those funds converted into company stock. The remainder totaled over $8 billion owed to the U.S. and Canadian governments, all of which has now been paid back less than a year after GM emerged from bankruptcy. The news was announced at a press conference at the company's Fairfax, Kansas manufacturing facility, which will soon add production of the hot-selling Chevrolet Malibu, and was attended by Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson and other members of government.

As it is, the federal government still owns 60.8 percent of GM, which means that whenever the company issues its IPO, the tax payers could easily get all of their money back.


8th Annual Total Sale this Weekend!

Dave Arbogast Buick GMC Suzuki is proud to announce the 8th Annual Total Sale! All cars, vans, trucks SUVs and motor-homes will be drastically reduced! There will be no negotiations necessary, and no models held back.  This weekend Arbogast will be open extended hours:

Friday:  9:00am - 9:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Click here to read more about the Total Sale. Call us at 1-866-975-3287 with any questions. Don't miss this special event at Dave Arbogast Buick GMC Suzuki. 

Dave Arbogast would like to welcome Doc Morgan to our dealership family!  Before joining Arbogast, Doc was the general manager of Moorman Pontiac Buick GMC and has been in the automotive business for more than 33 years. Doc would like to welcome all his former customers to call him at 937-335-0068 EXT 260.

Avoid Lane Change Mishaps In The 2010 Buick LaCrosse

How many times have you found yourself driving down the highway and you go to change lanes and you find a car in your blind spot? These kinds of close calls can be pretty nerve-racking, but thanks to a new side blind zone alert system on the 2010 Buick LaCrosse, you can relax.

Helping you to prevent those all-too-frequent near misses is Buick's Side Blind Zone Alert system. It works by displaying a small orange icon in the side mirrors of the new LaCrosse. It uses radar-equipped sensors that provide and extra set of "eyes" that monitor your vehicle's blind spots.

But how often do these kinds of blind spot incidents occur? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that improper lane changes are a factor in up to 85 percent of all crashes.

"The blind zone technology system enables the car to see where it is difficult for the driver to see," said Kent Lybecker, a GM active safety systems engineer. "This technology makes lane changes safer because it alerts driver's to vehicles that otherwise might escape their vision."

When the Side Blind Zone Alert system detects another vehicle in the adjacent lane, the system will illuminate an orange symbol in the side view mirror that alerts the driver to a potential collision. If the driver activates the turn signal in the direction of the detected vehicle, the symbol will start to flash. Otherwise it will remain illuminated until the detected vehicle has left the blind zone.

The system works by using alternating radar beams that span outward from the LaCrosse, and cover a zone of about one lane width on both sides of the LaCrosse. The radar also covers approximately 10 feet in the rear of the Lacrosse for an added layer of protection.

The Buick Lacrosse is one of 27 new vehicles to be named a Top Safety Pick for 2010 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  The award recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting occupants in front, side, rear and rollover crashes based on Institute testing.

Although Side Blind Zone Alert is intended to help drivers avoid lane change mishaps, the driver still needs to turn to check blind zones manually before changing lanes.

Visit your Dayton Buick Lacrosse Dealer for a demonstration of the blind side zone alert mirrors or call 1-866-975-3287 for more details.   

GMC Crossover Sales Increase 45 Percent for March

For the month of March, the total sales for GMC rose 45% for a total of 27,648 sales. A large portion of the total sales was due to the popularity of the new GMC Terrain.

GMC retail sales were up 43 percent. The brand has posted retail and total year-over-year increases for six straight months. Sales of Terrain rose 331 percent, compared to the vehicle it replaced. Acadia also had a good month with a 37 percent sales increase.

The Sierra full-size pickup had its best retail sales month of the year and posted a total sales increase of 26 percent, compared to March last year.

Terrain continues to bring new customers to the brand, attracting a higher proportion of women than any other GMC product. About 40 percent of Terrain buyers are women, more than 10 percentage points above the overall brand.

To meet the growing customer demand for the Terrain, GM's CAMI Automotive Plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, has developed an innovative production scheme - shuttling Terrain bodies to a plant in Oshawa for final assembly. This is the third time that production has been increased to meet growing demand for the Terrain.