“We want to give our customers energy choices other than petroleum and to make the automobile part of the solution when it comes to the environment,” said GM CEO Dan Akerson. “GM is going to lead the industry in the adoption of various vehicle electrification technologies, whether its electric vehicles with extended-range capability, like the Chevrolet Volt, or the recently introduced eAssist technology that will debut on the 2012 Buick LaCrosse.”
The 2012 LaCrosse with eAssist, introduced at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, is another illustration of GM’s expertise in high-efficiency electrification systems. The car will feature a 2.4-liter direct-injection I4 engine, a cutting-edge six-speed automatic transmission, and an advanced 15-kW motor-generator unit. Working together, this new powertrain is expected to deliver EPA ratings of 25 mpg city/37 mpg highway, giving Buick’s full-size sedan slightly better fuel efficiency numbers than today’s compact Honda Civic. Plus, all that efficiency also comes with a power boost of up to 15 hp during acceleration.
“The LaCrosse with eAssist technology is the latest example of how this successful car is shaking up the segment and helping to reinvent Buick,” said John Schwegman, vice president of Buick marketing.
And it’s also an excellent reminder of how GM’s new approach to EVs is going to shake up the entire industry.
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