• Aug 30, 2010
2011 Buick Regal at IIHS – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just wrapped up its battery of batterings on the 2011 Buick Regal, and the results have netted "Good" ratings for front, side, rear and rollover impact protection.

Additionally, the Regal is the seventh vehicle from General Motors to earn a Top Safety Pick award, which includes the aforementioned rollover test where the Regal excelled. Buick's Euro-born sedan was able to withstand almost five-times its weight – up from the federally-mandated standard of 1.5 times.

The Regal joins its Buick sibling, the LaCrosse, along with the 2011 BMW 5 Series, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Genesis, Toyota Avalon and Volvo S80 as a Top Safety Pick in the large car segment. Full press release after the break.


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2011 Buick Regal earns Top Safety Pick award

The new Buick Regal earns the Institute's top safety accolade after achieving good ratings for front, side, rollover, and rear impact protection.

The Top Safety Pick designation helps car shoppers zero in on the vehicles that afford the best overall crash protection. In addition to good crash test ratings, winners must have electronic stability control, an important crash-avoidance feature, which is standard on the Regal.

The Regal is the seventh vehicle from General Motors to earn the award since the Institute implemented a new roof strength requirement for protection in rollover crashes. In this test, a metal plate is pushed against one corner of a vehicle's roof at a constant speed. The maximum force sustained by the roof before 5 inches of crush is compared to the vehicle's weight to find the strength-to-weight ratio. The roof of the Regal withstood a force equal to nearly 5 times the car's weight. For comparison, the current federal standard is 1.5 times weight


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Regal sales will suffer as long as Buick keeps pegging it against A4 and 3 series.
      It's roots were planted to battle the likes of Mondeo and Passat. North Americans would probably cross shop it with Mazda 6 and Nissan Altima.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I meant of course the Regal as the tarted up repmobile.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "You have made a substantial error in comparing the base V8 300C US against the 215BHP UK 300C. In actuality, the 300/300C is greatly jacked up in price in the UK versus the US."

        There's no error. The 300 isn't sold in Europe, only the high specification 300C. Taking account of higher VAT rates, the car is broadly the same price in real terms; you can't go on forex rates, which only indicate what the car would cost to an American converting his greenbacks. Furthermore, the diesel option makes by far the most sense in Europe, since it's the one variant which will hold onto its value the most. The diesel itself now comes in three trim levels, although there's little to differentiate any of them. The 3.5 V6 and 5.7 V8 were dropped due to poor sales and both exceed 225g/km of carbon dioxide emissions.

        I'm not shouting down the Insignia. It's a good car. But it is, at the end of the day, a common-or-garden Vauxhall. And there are plenty around with nominal miles on for less than £10K. I've had plenty of Vauxhalls in my time, they're decent enough, although they've never had the best electrical reliability. I'd take an Insignia, as long as it was a base model since those versions suffer the least depreciation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Bloke:
        And the 300C isn't a sales rep's car in the UK because of what? Because you think of it differently? Because different people buy it perhaps? If this is the case, how do you know what the Regal is since the buying patterns haven't been established yet?

        The 300C does not hold an upmarket slot here in the US, so if it is being sold upmarket in your market, how is that different from what is being done here with the Regal?"


        The 300C starts at $38K in the States - not exactly Malibu territory and highly unlikely a sales rep would be given one, since the company car market in the States is pretty small. By the same token, the 300C in the UK wouldn't be offered to a rep either, given its high £20K's list price. In the UK, it's an anomaly - a car loaded with a powerful engine for basic E Class money. It isn't a luxury car, but a large American car loaded with kit.

        Now, contrast this squarely with the Insignia; a standard D-segment repmobile competing with the Mondeo, Laguna and Passat - amongst others in the mainstream - head-on. It's the latest in a long line of family man Vauxhalls following the Vectra and Cavalier before it. As with the Mondeo, Vauxhall floods the market with Insignias and over the past nine months or so, they've reached car supermarket lots for £10K and less. The Insignia is a good car, but that's the market segment it was aimed at, and within the next twelve months early ones will be had for the same price as a new Ford Ka. As I said earlier, it palming this car off on Americans as a $30K junior exec, it's akin to taking a Dodge Avenger and branding it a Mercedes in Europe.

        Any European car buff will tell you the Insignia is not marketed towards the A4/C-Class/3-series crowd ... and I'm just one of them.

        As for the film A Fish Called Wanda ... never seen it. "Local Hero" was more my cup of tea of we're on a trip down cinematic memory lane.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly. The Insignia, like the European Accord, are sales repmobiles, not junior executive machinery. Tarting it up with a few extra goodies and flashes of chrome does not a luxurious exec car make, and the asking prices of both are outrageous. Not to mention the fact that the American buying public are being treated as gullible idiots in the process.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You mean like a 300C which starts at £27K in the UK?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Spin cycle: it's quite incredible how much I get under your skin, as would most non-Americans I am sure. The lengths you go to in order to prove a point are astounding - I'm sure your wife loves the number of hours you spend trawling through Wikipedia to prove a point. The idiom I quoted originates -according to my old English lit teacher who taught it 30 years ago - Aesops Fables. But since his works drew upon all manner of Greek philosophers, then I'm sure I too could be enlightened by the works of Wiki. Still, the knowledge meant that I wouldn't automatically assume that any word order ending in a verb, no matter how rarely used, originated in the works of George Lucas.

        The Regal is is merely an Insignia with a 2.4 litre engine. It's no more well equipped than any Insignia. There are no chassis modifications which make it any better to drive. And the truth is that while in the States, one has to spend $30K to sample it, in the UK you can get exactly the same driving experience - with a slightly less powerful engine in the standard repmobiles - for less than half the wedge. Like I said, if an Avenger was sold in Europe with a Mercedes badge and a more hefty sticker price, the Americans on here would almost certainly scoff and laugh at it. Well, given that what we have here is the equivalent transition going westwards across the pond, then Europeans will also laugh and scoff and whatsmore, they have a right to. When the Regal debuted, the Buick dealer I spoke with said the Regal was flawed to be a big success, and said most buyers would spend the extra grand or two and get the larger, and more comfortable, LaCrosse. He equated it somewhat to the whole Omega/Catera deal and I have to say that to some extent, I agree with him, although GM have taken the US market into more consideration in the conversion process this time.

        The 300C is a 300C, no matter where it's sold. It's a big, brawny, powerful, well-equipped saloon. It doesn't purport to be something different dependent on where it's sold.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Oh, you English are *so* superior, aren't you? Well, would you like to know what you'd be without us, the good ol' U.S. of A. to protect you? I'll tell you. The smallest ****ng province in the Russian Empire, that's what! So don't call me stupid, lady."


        Wiggy - there's your trailer trash world, and there's the real world. Thing is, personally knowing many USAF personnel based in the UK, I can tell you now not one would utter the words you just have. And whatsmore, all feel privileged to be living in the UK. As for myself, I spend my time mostly between the UK and US, not to mention France and own property and have family and friends in all three countries. So I don't tend to think in imperialistic terms - but I do know where the world's idiots are.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bloke:
        And the 300C isn't a sales rep's car in the UK because of what? Because you think of it differently? Because different people buy it perhaps? If this is the case, how do you know what the Regal is since the buying patterns haven't been established yet?

        The 300C does not hold an upmarket slot here in the US, so if it is being sold upmarket in your market, how is that different from what is being done here with the Regal?

        And as smart as you are, you didn't notice that Wiggy as quoting Kevin Kline from A Fish Called Wanda. Kline's character in the movie, btw, was an idiot, he clearly was being made fun of for his attitude, not lauded.

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095159/quotes?qt0320173

        Should I rip into you and the education of Brits as did to someone else for not knowing a proverb from another country?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Naturallyshocked - don't dare argue with Wiggy. He knows everything there is to know, despite the fact he rarely ever leaves his trailer. And when it comes to cars, you'll also rarely find him actually discussing anything automotive on this blog. He's really only here to be laughed at.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Wiggy
        "Oh, you English are *so* superior, aren't you? Well, would you like to know what you'd be without us, the good ol' U.S. of A. to protect you? I'll tell you. The smallest ****ng province in the Russian Empire, that's what! So don't call me stupid, lady. Just thank me."

        you should read about the Rolls Royce Merlin engine, maybe you'll retract that
        the english dind't get conquered, they invented the radar and the natural barriers helped.

        don't shout things if you haven't read a litle about them.
        hitlers planes got in, but german troops never set foot on their land, accept for spies.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look for more GM products to be winning awards and foreign vehicles to be investigated and recalled, Obama is just getting started.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not sure where the Camaros are so rare, in Louisiana the Camaros are very popular, and the Regals are becoming popular. I drive 80-100 miles per day, se at least 10 Camaros,and 2-3 Regals daily.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not so sure nobody will buy them. I've seen several on the road already, and that's usually a pretty reliable, if anecdotal, indicator of what's selling and what isn't.

      The Camaro, well...that's a different story. I don't think I've seen more than 10-15 on the road since they came out a while back.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I see 5-10 camaros per week. But I drive almost 2500 miles/month between Boston and central ma. I see lots of semi-rare things.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've seen one on my trip to the US so far.

        5200KM of travel covered 4 Astras in Total and one Regal in a place where the rich hang out - Hilton Head Island, NC.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The Regal joins its Buick sibling, the LaCrosse, along with the 2011 BMW 5 Series, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Genesis, Toyota Avalon and Volvo S80 as a Top Safety Pick in the large car segment."

      Is the Regal really a LARGE car? I thought it would be a medium sized, Acura TSX sized car. If the TSX is a large car, what would that make the TL or the RL?
        • 4 Years Ago
        They must be using the Hertz rule of thumb when it comes to car sizing. Where a Focus or Sentra is considered at least a mid-size.
      FRANK
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's actually an opel and not a Buick. Don't know if it's made in Deutchland or the USA but it sill an Opel. And i mite add that I for one do appreciate german technology and quality control, however, I would never buy an Opel, why don't ya bring the Park back to production and the 3800 series II engine. Now that was an automobile.
      • 4 Years Ago

      RE: Blokes comments

      "But I'm sure many of the rather uneducated American kids on here wouldn't have the first clue what I'm talking about."
      I'm afraids Blokes comment is correct......
      Our school systems have been going down hill for many years thanks to Empire building and social agendas. We spead to much money building fancy buildings instead of teaching our students the basics
        • 4 Years Ago
        HJC - don't upset these boys, otherwise these boards will be getting through nappies like no tomorrow.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Give me a break, they don't teach British proverbs in the US for the same reason they don't teach American proverbs in England. They barely have time to teach the stuff that matters, and this stuff doesn't matter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Go GM!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Five star ratings seem to be quite common nowadays.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It seems that nowadays, every new car is getting top safety ratings. It's like handing out gold medals to 5 people in one event at the Olympics.

      Time to make the ratings tougher.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They just did. They raise the roof rating specs this year and this car (and some others) are already excelling at the new test.

        I don't agree it's automatically time to change the scale once everyone does well. It is possible that all the cars out there are sufficiently safe that there isn't a big difference between them. I don't see a problem with the ratings system reflecting that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, it's German, what did you expect?. This car doesn't compete with E Class or 5 Series, it competes with cars like VW Passat, C Class or 3 Series, IS........
      • 4 Years Ago
      German Engineering in da House!
      Well.. nobody will buy them anyway..
        • 4 Years Ago
        @solb3

        You lost already... I just saw one today.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it would be safe to bet against your prognosticated '0' sales number.
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