Buick released photos of and details about the 2014 LaCrosse, a car that will make its public debut during the 2013 New York auto show.
With a price around $30,000 and fuel economy around 30 mpg, the 2012 Buick LaCrosse represents luxury at a discount, but it still needs work on its cabin electronics integration.
GM engineers a great car but hamstrings it with tech decisions that leave the glass half full.
Buick's new eAssist mild hybrid system comes as a standard feature on the new LaCrosse, giving this full-size luxury sedan fuel economy in the 30s.
Buick bills its new LaCrosse as the most fuel-efficient luxury car with good reason. Its electric-assisted four-cylinder engine gives the full-size sedan average fuel economy around 30 mpg.
For the 2012 LaCrosse, Buick makes its eAssist mild hybrid system standard, increasing overall fuel economy by 26 percent.
Buick doesn't put a hybrid badge on its new LaCrosse, as its mild hybrid power train, called eAssist, will be standard on the car. This belt-alternator system adds boost to the direct-injection four-cylinder engine and recovers waste energy, leading to a 26 percent increase in fuel economy.
General Motors announced that the 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist will be priced starting at $29,960 before an $860 destination charge.
GM hopes Hitachi's pack will help boost fuel economy of the 2012 Buick LaCrosse by 25 percent.
Automotive News reports on a start/stop system for the Buick LaCrosse.