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Two new Buick Regal models anticipate the road and the driver

The all-new 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo offers intuitive standard, touring and sport driving styles.

Suzanne Ashe
Suzanne Ashe has been covering technology, gadgets, video games, and cars for several years. In addition to writing features and reviews for magazines and Web sites, she has contributed to daily newspapers.
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In General Motors' latest effort to make the driving experience more comfortable, the company announced that the 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo offers three unique driving styles (standard, touring and sport) that can be changed by the flip of a switch from the driver, or automatically as the car senses changes in the road or the driver's style.

The new feature, called Interactive Drive Control System, alters the car's suspension, shift pattern, and steering sensitivity. The touring setting on the CXL offers a relaxed driving experience for long journeys. The sport setting enhances road-holding capability. And the standard, or default, setting is "optimized for all driving situations."

A modified version of Interactive Drive Control is coming to the 2012 Regal GS. The GS, which is a sportier Regal, will offer standard, sport, and GS driving styles. The standard mode is the setting for all-around use. The sport mode provides a level of performance between standard and the GS modes, and GS mode offers a tighter suspension and steering response.

"By enabling drivers to tune their vehicle to their driving situation and even their mood, we're better able to exceed their expectations and provide a more satisfying driving experience," said Robert Casparian, Regal product manager. "We fully expect to see this capability become more widely available in years to come."