Before we begin, the Buick Regal you see above is actually a rebadged Opel Insignia, a car designed, and built in Germany. Why the need to tell you this first? Well, there are those in the automotive press crying foul, that GM has learned nothing from its mistakes of the past. Readers, listen to me-this is not a return to the Cavalier/Sunbird/Firenza/Skyhawk/Cimmaron travesty of the 1980′s. In fact, I see no reason to fuss at all. For crying out loud, the Opel Insignia is not even sold in North America. So, should any car buyer even care that the Regal is actually a German Opel? Well, that depends…read on!
Is it possible that Buick is on a roll here? Sure, we were impressed with the new LaCrosse, and concluded that Buick was heading in the right direction in seeking a younger demographic, as in an audience that is not a senior citizen. Buick is redefining itself, and we are excited about the new 2011 Regal. For such a modern looking car, I am a little surprised Buick kept the Regal name, which is more familiar as a lousy airport rental car than anything special.
But that’s a gamble Buick is prepared to take. The 2011 Regal CXL will feature a 2.4L Ecotec engine rated at 182hp, priced at $26,995USD. There will also be a CXL Turbo with a 2.0L Ecotec engine rated at an estimated 220hp priced at $29,495. Buick claims only a six-speed automatic, but there have been rumors that a manual tranny could make its way into the Regal.