Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Gets Priced By GM

GM has released pricing information for its new Buick LaCrosse eAssist, a low-electric hybrid that claims a fuel economy of 37 miles per gallon. The new 2012 Buick vehicle is priced just above $30,000, and claims a 25% greater efficiency that the previous model.

We reported on the car late last year the Los Angeles Auto Show, and noted that, unlike Chevy, Buick has been relatively absent from the green car market. But, perhaps this is the start of a new direction as the company will also offer a hybrid system on the 2012 Buick Regal.

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The LaCrosse is equipped with a 3.6L V-6 direct-inject engine with 303 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft of torque, boosted by an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. GM says the new LaCrosse has potential to decrease emissions of unburned hydrocarbons by 25% according the manufacturer.

The car isn’t without some bells and whistles, however, including dual climate control, Bluetooth and USB connections, as well as an eight inch touch-screen Internet radio display.

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