Last week’s photo showed the door of the 2012 Buick Regal. For the complete picture and a road test of the sedan, see this week’s review.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was the name Marc Slater, of Augusta. He wins a gift from The Augusta Chronicle.
Other readers identifying the vehicle included:
AUGUSTA: Carolyn Ogles wrote: “The Buick Regal GS is a top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.”
Also, Charlie Moye
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “Judging from the bit of the alloy wheel visible in the teaser shot, this is most likely the top-of-the-line Buick Regal GS. To be technically correct, this is actually a rebadged Opel Insignia from Germany. On both sides of the pond, this car has received a mixture of mostly lukewarm reviews and disappointing sales numbers.
“I wonder how many of the What Is It? readers recall the Opel brand being a partner with and sold through Buick dealers? I can remember seeing the Opel GT and Opel Kadett on display among the Buick Wildcats, Electra 225s and Skylarks at the downtown Buick dealer. While a cousin of my wife was attending dental school and trying to get to an afternoon class, he became the WBBQ News Cruiser Traffic Alert of the day (boy does that bring back memories!) when his Opel Kadett broke a motor mount and the engine shifted into the radiator, completely disabling the car and causing a traffic nightmare!
“This new Buick Regal is what it has always been in the Buick lineup, a midsize choice in a very crowded market. Larger than the recently unveiled Verano, but smaller than the LaCrosse, it falls right in the middle with luxury and performance across the board in this class. This latest iteration of the Buick Regal (especially in GS trim) faces the same challenges that the first Buick Skylark GS did: convincing the buying public that a Buick can also be a sporty performance choice while offering a touch more class and comfort in the bargain.
“I have been in contact with my local Buick dealer to take a manual transmission Regal GS out for a test drive, but I believe that I am changing my baseline next-car-expectations from a front-wheel-drive to a rear-wheel-drive. There’s just something about that kick-in-the-seat coming from the rear wheels that a FWD car just cannot give you.”
CUMMING, GA.: Chris Rhodes: “The GS is Buick’s hot rod version of the new Regal and provides quite an exhilarating experience … for a Buick, that is. Unlike most Buicks of the past 30 years, with the noticeable exception of the legendary Grand Nationals and GNXs of the late 1980s, the latest crop of cars produced by this GM brand is far more performance-oriented.
“The real question boils down to what kind of consumer will consider the new Regal GS. If the potential buyer is looking for a domestically branded alternative to a midlevel Audi, for example, the GS provides comparable performance and luxury at a significantly lower price point. This is, I think, Buick’s hope. But, there are other midsize sedans with better performance numbers available at even more competitive prices for everyone else. And herein lies the problem.
“Yes, these new Buicks are better Buicks … but do they offer a better bang-for-the-buck in what has become the most competitive market segment at this time?”
EVANS: Jerry Paul
MARTINEZ: Jeff Miller wrote: “Starting at $27,000 is this week’s ride – the 2012 Buick Regal. With an Ecotec four-cylinder, you’ll get 182 horsepower and 172 foot-pounds of torque with gas mileage in the 19-31 mpg range. Buick is currently the oldest still active American automotive maker; it originated circa 1899 courtesy of the Scottish-born David Dunbar Buick.”
Also, Jim Muraski.