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Old 05-18-2010, 06:08 PM   #1
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Default 2011 Aura

I went with my friend to test drive a 2011 Buick Regal. This is the car that would have been the 2011 Aura. It is a beauty. I rode in it, I chose not to drive it since I was afraid it might be an expensive test drive.

While I think my 2009 Aura XR 4 is a great car, the Regal is a significant upgrade. For example, its stock tires are 18" Michelin Pilots vs the Aura's 17" Firestones. The underbody is coated with a heavy plastic undercoating - this seems to be standard on German cars.

My Aura is solid and quiet. The regal seems to be more so.

The Regal is 150 lbs heavier and its 4 cyl engine is tuned for higher power than the Aura, but fuel economy is down 10%.

Country of origin information on the sticker:
Final assembly: Germany
Engine: United States
Transmission: China

The manufacturer's plate on the door sill reads "Oscar Opel - Russelheim Germany"

Initial cars will be built in germany. Next year North American production will start in Ontario.

The dealer seems to think he will sell the cars at list.

I've started using my GM credit card again

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Old 05-18-2010, 07:32 PM   #2
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Emanuel, i agree it looks like a beautiful car. I am interested in the car, but not until its made in canada and not until the GS comes out. Im not trading my 3.6L in for the 2.4L or the regular 2.0T. Now the 2.0T making 260hp and 295ft-lbs of torque i might do it.

But it has to come in awd. If it does im in like swimwear.

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Old 05-19-2010, 07:06 AM   #3
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chinneese tranny?

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Old 05-19-2010, 11:21 AM   #4
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chinneese tranny?
For the Aura, the 6 speed auto that is matted to the 2.4 was manufactured in China too.

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Old 05-19-2010, 02:14 PM   #5
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For the Aura, the 6 speed auto that is matted to the 2.4 was manufactured in China too.
Same tranny for the 3.6L?

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Same tranny for the 3.6L?
No, the 6T70 is different and manufactured in the Sates.

The 6T40, which is matted to the 2.4, is built in China or South Korea. Some are made here too.

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Old 08-08-2010, 11:45 AM   #7
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Emanuel, i agree it looks like a beautiful car. I am interested in the car, but not until its made in canada and not until the GS comes out. Im not trading my 3.6L in for the 2.4L or the regular 2.0T. Now the 2.0T making 260hp and 295ft-lbs of torque i might do it.

But it has to come in awd. If it does im in like swimwear.
I personally would hold of on buying any 2,0Turbo producing 260 H-P until I have read about 100,000 of them in a 4000 pound car lasting 100,000 miles.

My experience with turbocharged HO engines in heavy sedans/coupes is that they don't last. Your gas mileage is horrible because you are always running the engine up to 5-6000 rpm in the lower gears to get the weight moving.
They really shine in the mountains and high altitudes and I love them when it is time time to pass that 18 wheeler at 9000 feet.

Now add that turbocharger to my 3.6 DOHC V-6 and see the Phaeton Driver smile

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