2011 Buick Regal receives the IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick’ award

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 31, 2010

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave an award to the recently introduced Buick Regal as a 2010 Top Safety Pick. Many tests were done on the vehicle, including having to pass a new roof strength requirement for protection in rollover crashes. This car is actually only the seventh vehicle from GM to receive the award.

IIHS president Adrian Lund said that this award recognizes those vehicles that performed the best in the Institute’s series of tough crash test evaluations. In particular, only those vehicles that have the highest rating of “good” across the board and have the electronic stability control for assisting drivers to prevent crashes can “claim this honor.”

Based on the German-built Opel Insignia, the Buick Regal is offered in the US with two engine choices: a 2.4l Ecotec direct injected unit and a 2.0L Ecotec turbocharged and direct injected powerplant.

Both of these engines can be converted to run on E85; however, they also offer a satisfactory fuel consumption rating when in normal mode, with 30 mpg on the highway with the 2.4l and 29 mpg highway with the 2.0l turbo engine.

Currently, the model is available only in premium CXL trim, for $26,995, including $750 destination charge. At a later date, the CXL turbo model will sell at prices starting from $29,495, including $750 destination charge.

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2011 Buick Regal Earns IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK

The 2011 Buick Regal received the highest-possible ratings of “Good” in front, side, rear and rollover crash protection tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which recognized Regal as a 2010 Top Safety Pick.

“A vehicle that earns the TOP SAFETY PICK award is recognized for achieving the best performance in the Institute’s battery of tough crash test evaluations,” said IIHS president Adrian Lund. “Only vehicles with the highest rating of ‘good’ across the board, and electronic stability control for helping drivers to avoid crashes can claim this honor.”

The 2011 Buick Regal provides consumers great driving performance and a number of standard features which exemplify Buick’s commitment to continuous safety – before, during and after a crash. Regal’s sculpted, flowing design and responsive performance may be the top reasons for purchase, but the vehicle’s safety systems provide a level of confidence consumers have come to expect from their vehicle. Regal’s standard safety features include the StabiliTrak electronic stability control and full-function traction control, dual-stage frontal air bags, side-curtain air bags, driver and front passenger safety belt pretensioners and load limiters, pedal-release system and the safety and security of OnStar.

“The Buick Regal is not only catching the attention of consumers with its design and responsive driving performance but also by being a leader in its class for safety,” said John Schwegman, vice president of Buick Marketing. “The IIHS Top Safety Pick Award acknowledges our commitment to offering our customers great safety systems that enhance their driving experience.”

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