2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo will adapt to your driving style

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 23, 2010

General Motors is preparing to launch the 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo, a model that stands out from its rivals because it is equipped with the Interactive Drive Control System. This device can change the driving dynamics of the vehicle so that it can adjust to the road type. This system enables the shifting of the suspension, shift pattern and steering sensitivity with three presets (touring, sport and standard) resulting to a smoother ride.

Bill Rietow, GM lead development engineer, said that Interactive Drive Control enables the linking of vehicle systems and changes “perceivable vehicle characteristics” as it adjusts to driver inputs. Rietow claims that the driver can sense the difference. The settings can also be customized via its radio configuration menu.

Drivers may choose to switch on or off one of the following features: steering, suspension or powertrain. GM said that the system is so sophisticated that it can independently detect the type of road and the owner’s driving aptitudes.

The settings can then change so that the car is able to respond best to the driver’s preferences. Peterson said that previously, people talked about the car’s horsepower or its speed but now, the conversation is mostly centered on advanced technologies and new capabilities.

Thanks to the Interactive Drive Control System, the new Regal Turbo now features driving dynamics adjusted for any situation. This system adjusts the vehicle’s suspension and shift pattern as well as steering sensitivity through the variable effort steering features.

As a standard setting, the Regal Turbo is optimized for all driving situations. When sport setting is selected, the Regal Turbo is now more capable of holding on to the road. When the touring setting is picked, the vehicle allows for a more comfortable driving experience during long trips. Interestingly, the sport setting could be personalized using the Regal Turbo’s radio configuration menu, allowing drivers to enable or disable any combination of steering, suspension or powertrain.

For instance, drivers could disable the suspension portion for extra steering effort sans the firmness of the suspension. Moreover, the Interactive Drive Control intuitively adapts the Regal Turbo’s performance settings to individual driving styles. When the vehicle detects that a driver is starting to drive in an aggressive manner, the Interactive Drive Control will automatically tighten the suspension and heighten steering effort. Meanwhile, when the system detects that the driver is cruising, it will adjust settings for rolling smoothness and comfort.

The Interactive Drive Control allows for better stability and greater driving safety. In fact, all electronically controlled four dampers continuously adapt within milliseconds to the prevailing conditions of the road, the movements of the Regal Turbo and the individual driving style. When the system senses the need to avoid a certain obstacle when the car is operating in touring mode, various chassis sensors will convey this to the driving mode control, thereby stiffening the dampers within milliseconds for a superior body control.

This was made by a number of advances in electrification as well as computerization of onboard vehicle systems. According to Bill Rietow, GM lead development engineer, the Interactive Drive Control connects vehicle systems together and adjusts its characteristics while adapting to driver inputs. George Peterson, president of AutoPacific marketing research and consultancy firm, remarked that consumers are now expecting new vehicles to feature advanced capability in both dynamic driving performance and smart technologies like voice activation, steering wheel controls and navigation.

Press Release

Thinks Fast – All-New Buick Regal Turbo Adapts to Driver and Road on the Fly

Imagine racing up a twisting mountain road, taking each turn as confidently as a rally champ, and then cruising comfortably down a suburban boulevard, ensconced in luxury without ever changing vehicles. Too much to ask of one car? Not if that car is the all-new 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo.

Regal Turbo, arriving at dealerships now, offers not one, not two, but three unique driving experiences, each selectable by a push of a button. The 2.0L turbocharged sedan features an exclusive chassis technology that allows the driver to choose between standard, touring and sport driving styles.

The 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. The touring setting offers a comfortable, 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.

“Interactive Drive Control links vehicle systems together, changing perceivable vehicle characteristics as it adapts to driver inputs,” said Bill Rietow, GM lead development engineer. “The driver can really feel the difference.”

The driver also can personalize the sport setting through the vehicle’s radio configuration menu to allow or disallow for any combination of the three features: steering, suspension or powertrain. If a driver likes the added steering effort but not the firmness of the suspension, he or she can simply turn off the suspension portion.

The other major benefit of Interactive Drive Control is that it intuitively adapts the vehicle’s performance settings to individual driving styles. When a driver begins to drive more aggressively it will automatically tighten the suspension and increase steering effort. When the vehicle senses that the driver is cruising, it adjusts settings for rolling smoothness and comfort.

The system also offers enhanced vehicle stability and greater driving safety. All four dampers are electronically controlled and continuously adapt within milliseconds to the prevailing road conditions, vehicle movements and individual driving style. If an obstacle must be avoided when the car is in touring mode, various chassis sensors convey this to the driving mode control and the dampers are stiffened within milliseconds, delivering greater body control.

Interactive Drive Control helps place Regal at the forefront of an emerging trend for greater personalization of the driving experience, made possible by advances in electrification and computerization of onboard vehicle systems.

According to George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, a marketing research and consultancy firm, consumers now expect new vehicles to offer advanced capability in both dynamic driving performance and smart technologies such as voice activation, navigation and steering wheel controls.

“It used to be that cocktail conversation revolved around how much horsepower your car had or how fast you could go, but now it’s evolved into a conversation about advanced technologies and what the vehicle can do for you that it couldn’t do before," Peterson said. "Our data show that the amount of interaction a driver can have with a vehicle is stimulating anywhere from a quarter to a third of sales.”

Regal’s reinvention as a luxury sedan for the tech savvy isn’t limited to the Turbo model. A modified version of Interactive Drive Control is coming next year to the all-new 2012 Regal GS, which is an even sportier expression of Regal line. Like the Regal Turbo, GS will offer three operating modes. But in the GS, the driver will select from standard, sport and GS.

Selecting GS mode optimizes the car for dynamic driving, tightening the suspension and steering response. “Standard,” or the default mode, is the setting for all-around use. The sport mode provides a level of performance between standard and the GS modes.

“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.”

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