the 2012 buick Regal GS
Recap.. It's not possible.. We just cant do it.
It seems that in recent years American automobile manufacturers would have continued to build bull$#*t had it not been for a combination of consumer reporting, Upper management pay-out reports and bonuses, overall sales falling into the pits because of poor build quality, poor engineering and an overall lack of caring. Always big on words and promises and falling short on substance. Surely if you are in the business of building cars you can do better. Anyone remember the Hearings a few years ago on the D.C. Hill when the CEO's of the big three said that it was impossible to build an automobile that gets 40mpg's, while at the time the Koreans & Japanese were already doing it.. Summation: Lazy, overpaid, over educated dummies, with no innovation, dreams or willingness to change anything if it was going to cut into their own pockets. None of these idiots ever deserved those jobs in the first place..! Who would have ever thought that we would be without Plymouth, Mercury, Pontiac, Oldsmobile or the new "Happy" kid on the block, Saturn.. Anyway, enough venting. Let's just say thank God these greedy idiots are gone! ( As an Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 and Pontiac Trans Am lover, as well as seeing how proud Saturn used to make us feel, this angers the hell out of me.. Whoo, had to catch myself.. Anyway.....)
Spawn from the German GM product line Opel Insignia, the re-design for the American road is um, should we say in the eyes of autoFrenzy.net, absolutely Hot 2 Def..! As written in an earlier story, and quality aside, we have not been huge Buick fans for decades. It's been a long time since an automobile has been introduced that has just made our mouth water like this..
Opening the door and getting inside the first thing that comes to mind is how German this car is not. It actually feels as if the whole concept was planned to be a Buick from get go. Truth is, at it's inception it was meant to be the basis for the new Saturn Aura and with the axing of 'The New Kind of Car Company,' It became clear who was going to get the Re-badge. Just the same it was a great start.
Closing the door you realize that this car feels very solid and the seats are nicely bolstered without being over-boosted. Controls fall right into your hands and feel as if they are right where they should be. The GM blue ambient mood lighting is also a great touch along with the detailed touches of brushed aluminum, aluminum pedals and the flat bottom steering wheel ladened with thumb controls says that this baby means business.
And once we did, I cannot tell you how hard it was to let it go..!
The designers did a commendable job of going right up to the line without crossing it. There is just enough flair inside to say sport/luxury without stepping too far across. Big gauges, great dual climate control system, the doors pull and close with a solid thud, the stick feels excellent in my hand and while shifting my elbow rest on the center console exactly where it is supposed to. The materials are soft where they should be and feel good to the senses. Our only complaint is that the designer of the center dash pod got a little button crazy and the shifter throws are a little long. The clutch feels just right and does not wear out your leg while driving.. We love the integrated DVD/NAV screen (no car built today should come without one) and it seems that GM has learned a valuable lesson as far as that is concerned. Why should customers be forced into paying for ONSTAR because the Company refuses to put a NAV system with an integrated phone and with other common upgrades in your lesser cars.? No excuse.. The system also comes with downloadable apps, apps for smartphone and a great steering wheel also lined with brushed aluminum. Looks and feels great. Besides these details one of the main interior details that differentiate the GS from the regular Regal is a button on the dash that says (GS). Pressing this button turns this car into a beast. Exhaust note, steering, suspension as well as the interior gauges changing from warm blue to ice white.
Other options include sunroof, (should be standard), & a choice of 19 or 20 inch wheels and tires.