DETROIT, March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Brad and Cathy French of Chicago have always driven cars with manual transmissions, including imports from Audi and BMW. Now the clothing industry sales and marketing reps drive a six-speed manual 2011 Buick Regal Turbo.
For the Frenchs, driving a "stick" is all about fun, fuel-efficiency and being alert in traffic.
"When you look at the Regal Turbo it just screams manual," said Brad French, a fitness and fashion devotee for whom personal appearance factors into vehicle purchase decisions. "A few years ago I would've never considered Buick, but the Regal Turbo is a very sharp-looking car that is a thrill to drive. I can't wait to show it off."
Not only is the six-speed manual Regal Turbo a thrill to drive, it gets an EPA-rated 32 mpg on the highway, which is better than its closest competitors, Acura TSX and Volkswagen CC Sport. On the open road, Regal Turbo's 2.0-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine delivers 220 hp and 258 lbs-ft of torque – also better than its rivals.
Buick Regal Turbo
Volkswagen CC Sport
20 city / 32 highway
21 city / 29 highway
21 city / 31 highway
"Not only is the Regal Turbo fun to drive and fuel efficient, it is the first direct-injected turbocharged production car capable of running on any blend of gasoline or E85 ethanol," said Robert Casparian, Regal product manager.
Like the Regal Turbo with automatic transmission, which starts at $28,745, the manual offers three unique driving modes – standard, tour and sport – each selectable by a push of a button. The available Interactive Drive Control System changes the Regal Turbo's driving dynamics by altering suspension, shift pattern and steering sensitivity through the variable effort steering system. Tour mode offers a comfortable, relaxed driving experience for long journeys. Sport mode enhances road-holding capability. And the standard, or default, mode is optimized for all driving situations.
"By enabling drivers to tune their vehicle to their driving preference and even their mood, we're better able to exceed their expectations and provide a more satisfying driving experience," Casparian said.
As much as driving enjoyment factored in the French's decision to purchase the granite gray metallic Regal Turbo, so did its sweeping silhouette and streamlined, coupe-like profile that suggest motion from all angles – from its waterfall grille to its spoiler-enhanced tail end.
"All of our friends love our sexy new car," said Cathy French. "Of course, I'm telling them that it's really my car and that I'm only letting Brad drive it."
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 models, including the Enclave crossover, LaCrosse sedan, Regal sport sedan and highly anticipated all-new 2012 Buick Verano compact luxury sedan. Buick is the fastest growing major brand in the U.S. and remains a best-selling brand in China, with continuing record growth. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com, on Twitter @buick or at www.facebook.com/buick.
SOURCE General Motors