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2014 Buick Regal Infused with New Technology

-Exterior design with signature wing-shape LED lighting; revised
interior designed around next-gen IntelliLink infotainment and new
advanced safety features
-More efficient and more refined 2.0L turbo engine delivers 18 percent
more power in Regal Turbo
-New all-wheel-drive system incorporates electronic limited-slip
differential to help optimize traction in all driving conditions

NEW YORK ᅵ Buick revealed the new 2014 Regal today, designed to be a
sportier and smarter evolution of the brand's dynamic midsize sedan.
New purposeful technologies enhance safety and the driving experience
with a more refined turbo engine ᅵ along with the introduction of
all-wheel drive.

The new Regal also introduces new radar- and camera-based safety
features ᅵ including Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert, Side
Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and
Collision Mitigation Braking ᅵ for surround protection. In-vehicle
connectivity is enhanced with next-generation IntelliLink, featuring
simpler, more intuitive controls and natural speech recognition.

Adaptive Cruise Control is also offered. It senses traffic in front of
the Regal to adjust vehicle speed, including stopping the vehicle in
heavy traffic and accelerating again.

"The new 2014 Regal is more expressive, more connected and more
technologically advanced," said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president
of Buick Marketing. "Nearly half of new Regal buyers are
conquests who are new to Buick and they represent the youngest median
age among the brand's lineup.

"The new Regal gives those discerning buyers more of the
technologically advanced features they want in a modern luxury sedan,
all with the style and refinement they expect from Buick."

New front and rear styling, with bold, signature wing-shape LED
daytime running lamps and LED taillamps were designed to give Regal a
more contemporary and premium presence. The interior features a
redesigned central instrument panel and console along with a new
fashion interior trim combination.

The new 2.0L turbo engine delivers 18 percent more horsepower in the
Regal Turbo, for a greater feeling of on-demand power The available
Haldex all-wheel-drive system helps make the most of traction in all
driving conditions and also enhances the cornering capability of the
Regal GS when driven in the GS mode of the Interactive Drive Control
System.

A 2.4L engine with eAssist light electrification technology is also
available on the 2014 Regal. Six-speed automatic transmissions are
matched with both engines and a six-speed manual is available in the
Regal GS. Electric power steering is now featured on all models.

The new Regal makes its public debut at the New York International
Auto Show, where it will be on display March 29-April 7. It goes on
sale this fall.

More expressive, inside and out
New exterior styling evolves the Regal's appearance with cues that
enhance a low, wide proportion and were made to convey a more upscale
and contemporary presence. New headlamps with standard LED daytime
running lamps and a revised grille show the new "face" of
Regal, while at the rear Enclave-inspired LED wing-shape taillamps
give the car a familial look. A new chrome accent bridges the
taillamps to further enhance Regal's wide stance.

The new headlamps are available in two versions, including halogen
projector beams and xenon high-intensity discharge. The available LED
daytime running lamps form a distinctive wing profile above the
headlamps, designed to give the Regal an unmistakable signature on the
road.

Inside, the new Regal's interior blends sculptural beauty and
refinement with technology, centered on Buick's next-generation
IntelliLink infotainment system. A new instrument panel "center
stack" houses a new, larger eight-inch color touch screen.
There's also a new steering wheel that includes controls for the new
safety and infotainment features.

The instrument cluster is also new, with a high-resolution, 4.2-inch
color display that delivers vehicle information, navigation, audio
system functions, phone features and more. In Regal GS, an eight-inch
configurable color instrument cluster screen is standard. It allows
the driver to customize the displayed information with adjustments via
steering wheel controls. This premium instrument display is framed
with chrome accents and delivers chronograph-style graphics in two
modes: Touring and Sport. It is also complemented with a pair of
semicircle mechanical instruments for the tachometer and other vehicle
functions, befitting of the GS's driver-oriented mission.

While the Regal's new interior brings more amenities and enhanced
personal technology, it does so with greater simplicity. The new
center stack radio controls have only seven buttons vs. the previous
17. The large, eight-inch color touch screen is designed for easy
operation with intuitive controls and smartphone-influenced swipe
recognition for easier navigation. Dual-zone climate controls also
feature capacitive-touch operation and are framed in chrome.

"The advanced technologies in the 2014 Regal complement its
flowing passenger environment, with integrated elegance," said
Ven Lai, Buick creative designer for color and trim. "The cabin's
rich, tailored elements are executed in warm tones and soft-touch
materials that enhance the premium ambience in a thoroughly
contemporary manner."

Four interior color/trim combinations are available for 2014,
including a new, high-fashion two-tone leather combination:
-Light Neutral seating with Cocoa accents is offered with cloth or
Soleil Keisel leather seats and Rhythm wood dï¿œcor
-Ebony, offered with cloth or Soleil Keisel leather seats and Echelon
Warm dï¿œcor
-Saddle seating with cocoa accents, offered with two-tone Soleil
Keisel leather seats and Rhythm wood dï¿œcor
-Ebony ᅵ exclusive to the GS ᅵ is offered with Soleil Keisel leather
seats with contrast stitching and Diamond Black dï¿œcor including a
black headliner.

"It's an inviting environment, with the warmth and expressive
style that is attracting more customers to the brand," said Lai.
"With new choices, such as the Cocoa/Saddle combination, we've
increased the style quotient for Regal."

Next-generation IntelliLink
Buick's next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system is available
on the 2014 Regal. It offers more features designed for intuitive,
easy-to-use functionality with a higher level of wireless connectivity
and customized options. All build on the safety and security of
OnStar.

In addition to easily identifiable icons covering everything from
navigation to phone to music apps such as Pandora, next-generation
IntelliLink is designed to accommodate new features and enhancements
and be highly customizable. It also features natural language voice
recognition, which allows customers to more safely place calls, enter
destinations, browse media, play music and control other functions
simply by telling the vehicle what to do.

The IntelliLink system can store up to 60 favorites, including radio
stations (AM/FM/XM), contacts, destinations, music and other media.
This feature is convenient for those who travel to the same
destination regularly and want to save locations such as hotels and
restaurants.

On its eight-inch screen, customers can "fling" through
lists, swipe and drag just as they would on a tablet or smartphone. In
fact, users with compatible smartphones can pair them with IntelliLink
using Bluetooth or a USB connection. That gives customers the ability
to play passengers' music or other media through the vehicle.

Another feature allows customers whose Regals are equipped with
available embedded navigation to enter destinations in a single step,
without having to enter the state, city, street number and street name
in successive efforts. City-by-city weather reports are also
provided.
OnStar can be accessed via the screen display as well as by the
traditional Blue button.

A new, nine-speaker Bose sound system is available and projects the
music and radio selections made with IntelliLink. It includes
strategically placed tweeters and a subwoofer that complement the
Regal's acoustically optimized interior.

Regal GS offers a driver-centric experience
The Regal GS is designed to deliver a dynamic driving experience
through sophisticated suspension technologies, premium amenities and a
more expressive presence. Along with its standard turbocharged
powertrain, the GS features the exclusive application of Buick's
Interactive Drive Control system, which allows the driver to select
different drive modes ᅵ including the GS mode and its track-oriented
competitive setting.

In GS mode, the Regal increases steering efforts for more direct
feedback to the driver. Increased damping levels ensure ultimate wheel
control and reduced body roll for better agility. GS mode also is
designed to alter the shift feel of the six-speed automatic
transmission.

The GS's HiPer Strut front suspension ᅵ standard on FWD and AWD models
ᅵ enhances ride and handling by reducing torque steer; more linear and
communicative steering through improved camber control; and improved
impact isolation on bumps and rough surfaces. It is complemented by a
four-wheel-disc brake system featuring front Brembo four-piston front
calipers and larger rotors.

A four-link independent rear suspension is designed to minimize
unwanted toe and camber effects during spirited driving maneuvers,
enhancing vehicle stability. Both front and rear dampers incorporate
active Computer Damping Control, continuously changing damper
characteristics' to make the most of vehicle ride control over varying
road surfaces and profiles. More aggressive, performance-oriented
damping characteristics can also be selected by the driver through the
Interactive Driver Control system.

Additionally, the Regal GS features a lowered ride height and 19-inch
aluminum wheels to project a sporty, purposeful stance. Twenty-inch
wheels with summer-rated performance tires are available.

Unique front and rear fascias distinguish the GS. The front fascia
incorporates prominent, vertical air intake slots. The rear fascia
features a pair of integrated, satin-metallic trapezoidal exhaust
outlets. Rocker panel extensions and a rear spoiler extension are also
part of the package.

More refined, efficient 2.0L turbocharged engine
A new 2.0L turbo engine debuts as the standard powertrain in the 2014
Regal Turbo and Regal GS, advancing the legacy of an engine recognized
as one of Ward's 10 Best Engines in 2012. Although it shares the same
displacement as the previous turbo engines offered in the Regal, it is
a next-generation architecture with friction-reduction technologies
designed to enhance refinements on a variety of levels.

Along with its estimated 259 horsepower (193 kW), the new 2.0L turbo's
torque curve has been enhanced, delivering 90 percent (260 lb-ft / 353
Nm) of its peak torque from 1,700 rpm to 5,500 rpm and the full 295
lb-ft of peak torque (400 Nm) from 3,000 to 4,000 rpm. That torque
band is supported by boost levels as high as 24 psi (1.65 bar) in the
speed range, engineered to give the Regal an assuring, exhilarating
feeling of immediate power on demand.

The turbocharger features a twin-scroll design that uses exhaust
tuning to generate balance between maximum power and excellent turbo
response, enabling the engine to deliver a broad torque band. It also
supports the responsiveness associated with larger-displacement,
naturally aspirated performance engines. Boost is controlled
electronically with a pressure-actuated wastegate and the airflow is
controlled during transients with an electronic bypass valve. Those
controls enable optimal performance, throttle response and
efficiency.

Additional engine features include:
-Pistons with jet-spray cooling
-Rotocast 356T aluminum cylinder head
-Sodium-filled exhaust valves
-Dual Overhead Camshaft with continuously variable valve timing
-Direct injection with cam-driven high-pressure fuel pump
-Two-stage variable-displacement oil pump
-Air-to-air intercooling system.

A number of features were added to the new 2.0L turbo to reduce noise
and vibration, enhancing engine smoothness and contributing to Buick's
signature quietness:
-Balance shafts located in the oil pan
-A forged-steel crankshaft
-Inverted-tooth chains for the camshaft and balance shaft drives
-Two-piece oil pan design, with an aluminum upper section to provide
structural support and a stamped steel lower section to dampen overall
noise
-Cast iron bearing cap inserts in an aluminum bedplate
-Integrated sound cover on the intake manifold
-Structural engine covers

The 2014 Regal is also available with the 2.4L with eAssist light
electrification technology, using a lithium-ion battery system and
electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking capability.
Instead of providing all-electric propulsion, the system provides
power assistance to the internal combustion engine. The eAssist system
also allows the engine to shut down fuel delivery in certain
deceleration situations, which saves additional fuel.

All-wheel-drive system offers optimized handling
The 2014 Regal is offered with a new, all-wheel-drive system designed
to make the most of handling and stability in all driving conditions.
It is an advanced, fully automatic and on-demand system that includes
developments in wheel-slip management and an electronic limited-slip
rear differential.

Input from a variety of sensors ᅵ wheel speed, steering angle, etc. ᅵ
automatically tailors the torque distribution between the front and
rear wheels, for maximum traction. The eLSD enables adjustment to the
torque split between the rear wheels to optimize vehicle stability and
cornering capability.

If the vehicle's front wheels lose traction, the AWD system is capable
of sending more than 90 percent of the engine's torque to the rear
wheels. Fine balancing of the drive torque between the axles raises
the threshold at which StabiliTrak's throttle and braking
interventions are triggered, enabling closer driver interaction.

While engineered to offer sure-footed handling in low-grip conditions,
Regal's new AWD system also alters its characteristics to support
performance-oriented driving when the Sport or GS driving modes are
selected on Regal GS. The AWD system also comes with the HiPer Strut
front suspension standard, offering more linear and communicative
steering through improved camber control and improved impact isolation
on bumps and rough surfaces.

Regal's AWD system also contributes to a quieter and smoother ride
with minimal torque transferred to the rear wheels when all-wheel
drive traction isn't required.

Advanced safety features
For 2011, 2012 and 2013, the Regal was named a Top Safety Pick by the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2014 Regal builds on the
safety commitment with new features that use carefully developed
visual and audible alerts to help drivers quickly identify and react
to potential crash situations. Radar- and camera-based features are
offered in two Driver Confidence packages:
-Driver Confidence 1 package includes camera-based Forward Collisions
Alert, Lane
-Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear
Cross-Traffic Alert and Following Distance Indicator.
-Driver Confidence 2 package adds Collision Preparation (with
Collision Mitigation Braking) and full-speed-range Adaptive Cruise
Control that conveniently works in stop-and-go traffic.

The Collision Mitigation Braking feature can intervene in certain
crash-imminent situations, automatically triggering emergency braking
if the driver fails to respond to a previous alert. With Lane Change
Alert, the driver is alerted to vehicles in the blind sport during a
lane-change or merging maneuver.

Regal's standard safety features also include six standard air bags ᅵ
with optional rear-seat thorax air bags bringing the total to eight ᅵ
along with a rear-vision camera, StabiliTrak, traction control and
four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and Intelligent Brake Assist. Front
and Rear Park Assist is standard on GS.

About Buick
Buick is a modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted
designs, luxurious interiors with thoughtful personal technologies,
along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting
new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models,
including the Enclave crossover, Regal sedan, Regal sport sedan, Buick
Verano sedan and the all-new 2013 Encore crossover.


2014 BUICK REGAL PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

Overview
Models: 2014 Buick Regal Luxury Sport Sedan with eAssist, Regal Turbo
and Regal GS
Body style / driveline: four-door, five-passenger front engine
transaxle. front-wheel-drive midsize vehicle
Construction: steel body frame integral (unibody) with front and rear
crumple zones; galvanized steel front fenders, hood, roof, door
panels, one-piece bodyside outer panel, thermal plastic olefin (TPO)
bumper fascias
EPA vehicle class: Midsize
Manufacturing location: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Key competitors: Acura TSX, Volkswagen CC, Volvo S60, Lexus IS 250,
Audi A4

Engines
2.4L DOHC I-4 2.0L DOHC I-4 Turbo
Application: Regal eAssist Regal Turbo and Regal GS
Displacement (cu in / cc): 145 / 2384 122 / 1998
Bore and stroke (in / mm): 3.46 x 3.85 / 88 x 98 3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x
86
Block material: precision sand cast aluminum cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: SPM cast aluminum cast aluminum
Valvetrain: DOHC, four-valves per cylinder, continuously variable
valve timing DOHC, four-valves per cylinder, continuously variable
valve timing
Ignition system: individual coil-on-plug individual coil-on-plug
Fuel delivery: direct injection and electronic throttle control direct
high-pressure fuel injection
Compression ratio: 11.2:1 9.5:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 182 / 136 @ 6700 rpm* 259 / 193 @ 5300
(est.)
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm) 172 / 232.2 @ 4900 rpm* 295 / 400 @ 1700
(est.)
Recommended fuel: regular unleaded premium recommended, but not
required
Max engine speed: 7000 rpm 7000 rpm
Emissions controls: close-coupled, catalytic converter; continuously
variable valve timing; positive crankcase ventilation evaporative
system; supplemental air injection system, partial zero emissions
vehicle capable (eAssist) close-coupled catalytic converter;
continuously variable valve timing; 58x ignition system; returnless
fuel rail; wide-range O2 sensor
Fuel economy (city / hwy): TBD TBD

Transmissions
Hydra-Matic 6T40 Hydra-Matic 6T70 GM F40-6
Type: six-speed transverse, electronically controlled, automatic
overdrive six-speed transverse, electronically controlled, automatic
overdrive six-speed manual
Application: std w/ 2.4L eAssist std. Regal Turbo / GS opt. Regal GS
with FWD
Gear ratios (:1):
First 4.58 4.48 3.92
Second 2.96 2.87 2.04
Third 1.91 1.84 1.32
Fourth 1.45 1.41 0.95
Fifth 1.00 1.00 0.76
Sixth 0.75 0.74 0.62
Reverse 2.94 2.88 3.75
Final Drive 2.64 2.77 3.76

Electric Drive System (Regal With eAssist)
Type: belt-driven, liquid-cooled motor/generator unit and lithium-ion
battery system; air-cooled power electronics and battery pack
Maximum electric generating power: 15 kW @ 1570-3180 rpm
Maximum electric motor torque (cranking): 110 lb.-ft. / 150 Nm
Maximum electric motor torque (electric assist): 79 lb.-ft. / 107 Nm @
1,000 rpm
Maximum electric motor power (electric assist): 15 hp / 11.2 kW @
1,000-2,200 rpm
Lithium-ion battery: 115V, 0.5-kWh, 15 kW peak power

Chassis / Suspension
Front: independent, MacPherson strut-type with dual-path mountings,
specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar
(hollow); hydraulic ride bushings; continuous damping control; HiPer
Strut suspension standard on GS and AWD models. Interactive Drive
Control System standard on GS
Rear: four-link independent rear; hollow stabilizer bar; continuous
damping control (FWD models); Interactive Drive Control System
standard on GS. H-arm suspension standard on AWD models
Traction control: all-speed using engine torque reduction and brake
intervention
Steering type: electric rack-and-pinion power-assisted (dual-pinion
design) with eAssist and Regal Turbo with FWD; belt-driven electric
power steering standard on GS and AWD models
Steering wheel turns lock-to-lock: 2.68 (18- and 19-inch wheels)
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m): 37.4 / 11.4
Steering ratio: 15.2:1

Brakes
Type: four-wheel disc w/ABS and electronic stability control
Brake rotor diameter ᅵ front (in / mm): 2.4L: 11.7 / 296 vented;
single-piston, cast iron caliper
2.0L (Turbo): 12.6 / 321 vented; single-piston, cast iron caliper
2.0L (GS): 13.6 / 345 vented; four-piston, aluminum Brembo caliper
Brake rotor diameter ᅵ rear (in / mm): 2.4L: 11.5 / 292 solid;
single-piston, aluminum caliper
2.0L (Turbo and GS): 12.4 / 315 vented; single-piston, aluminum
caliper

Wheels / Tires
Wheel size and type: 17-inch machined alloy (eAssist)
18-inch 13-spoke painted alloy (std. on Turbo)
18-inch chrome alloy (avail. on Turbo)
19-inch alloy, 5-Twin Spoke (std. on GS)
20-inch polished alloy, 5-Twin Spoke (avail. on GS)
Tires: Michelin Energy Saver P235/50R17 low rolling-resistance all
season (std. on eAssist)
Michelin Pilot MXM4 Primacy P235/50R18 (std. on Sedan and Turbo)
Goodyear Eagle RSA P245/40R19 (std. on GS)
Pirelli P-Zero P255/35-ZR20 summer rated (avail. on GS)

Dimensions
Exterior
Wheelbase (in / mm) : 107.8 / 2738
Overall length (in / mm): 190.2 / 4831
Overall width (in / mm): 73.1 / 1857
Overall height (in / mm): 58.4 / 1483
Front track (in / mm): 62.4 / 1585
Rear track (in / mm): 62.5 / 1588

Interior
Seating capacity (front / rear): 2 / 3
Headroom (in / mm): 38.8 / 986 (front)
36.8 / 935 (rear)
Legroom (in / mm): 42.1 / 1069 (front)
37.3 / 947 (rear)
Shoulder room (in / mm): 56.7 / 1440 (front)
54.4 / 1382 (rear)
Hip room (in / mm): 55.4 / 1407 (front)
52.3 / 1328 (rear)

Capacities
EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L) : 96.8 / 2741
EPA interior volume (cu ft / L): 111.1 / 3146
Cargo volume (cu ft / L): 11.1 / 314 (2.4L eAssist ᅵ estimated)
14.2 / 402 (2.0L ᅵ estimated)
Fuel tank (gal / L): 15.8 / 59 (2.4L eAssist)
18 / 70 (2.0L)
Engine oil (qt / L): 2.4L: 5.0 / 4.7
2.0L: 6.3 / 6.0
Curb weight (lb / kg): 3600 / 1633 (2.4L)
3671 / 1665 (2.0L Turbo)
3710 / 1683 (2.0L GS)

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