• Nov 19, 2010
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NADAguides has officially picked its Car of the Year for 2011, and the choice may surprise you. While the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Ford Fiesta have been big media mongers this year, NADAguides shunned those stars in favor of the 2011 Buick Regal. According to GM, the newest Tri-Shield beat out 10 other would-be winners on the basis of fuel economy, price and performance, among other attributes. This isn't the first time that the 2011 Regal has gotten a nod from NADAguides, though. The sedan also won a Car of the Month award from the organization back in September.

General Motors has been raking in the trophies this year, with the Chevrolet Volt picking up Car of the Year wins from both Automobile Magazine and Motor Trend, as well as being named Green Car of the Year today at the 2010 LA Auto Show. The good press is likely music to the company's ears as its stock is now being publicly traded. Hit the jump for the full press blast.



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Buick Regal Named NADAguides' 2011 Car of the Year

Recognized for Performance, Styling, Fuel Efficiency, Price Point and Cost of Ownership

2010-11-17
LOS ANGELES – The 2011 Buick Regal won the Car of the Year Award from NADAguides, a leading provider of vehicle pricing and information, at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on Wednesday.
The Buick Regal beat 10 other contenders based upon a combination of factors, including performance, styling, design, fuel economy, safety features, cost of ownership and price point.

"The Buick Regal has had a revolutionizing effect on Buick," said Troy Snyder, director of product development for NADAguides. "The brand is definitely on the right road and it's clear that the Regal is just the beginning of Buick great vehicles to come."

In September, when NADAguides honored Regal with its Car of the Month Award, the publication praised the sedan's fuel-efficient 182 HP direct-injection 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine and Four-Link Independent Rear Suspension for providing a smooth ride "fit for a king."

NADAguides also noted Regal's use of Bluetooth® connectivity, OnStar, USB port for MP3 devices, and voice-activated navigation as clear indications that "Buick knows all about modern advanced technology."

"The NADAguides Car of the Year award confirms the growing momentum building around Buick," said John Schwegman, U.S. vice president of Buick & GMC Marketing. "The Regal delivers a dynamic driving experience that competes with the best import sport sedans in the mid-size sport car segment. Moreover, this smart, sleek, top-safety-rated car is helping to attract new customers to the Buick brand."
Based in part on customer demand for the new Regal, Buick's retail sales have grown 50 percent in 2010 as of October, with 39 percent of Regal customers coming out of a non-General Motors' make.

Regal also is a semifinalist for the 2011 North American Car of the Year awards, as voted by a jury of 50 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. The sporty sedan has award-winning DNA, being based on the Opel Insignia – recipient of 31 prestigious awards, including the 2009 European Car of the Year.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The Regal/Insignia is a all around good car. I can't help but, think they shouldn't released the GS with so much fanfare. GM made the mistake of linking it too closely with the OPC , which it clearly isn't. The old bait and switch.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree L0newolf. The GS was such a let down, not a bad car at all but still a let down. Hopefully they are just prepping a GNX model with AWD and over 300hp. That would be awesome. I hear GM is possibly working on a TT-V6 so maybe they can pop that in a future GNX. I'm drooling just thinking about the possibility.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, the Regal "as is" is a good car, like a Audi A4....nothing special, nothing to brag about. If it was an AWD, 300hp+ car, like, an Audi S4 or uh...the OPC Insignia, then you have bragging rights..
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Car of the Year" awards are like a professional wrestling belts. Way too many and of little value...........
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM will need a bigger trophy case this year, to store the huge number awards they are getting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Buick....grr. I'm still pissed about the US getting a watered-down GS version of the Insignia/Regal.

      I mean really, aren't we still the biggest market for new cars? How can it work out that Europe gets the high-performance goodies and we get a Buick TSX?! You'd think that a car company would want to sell it's low-volume halo versions in the largest markets, right? WTF GM?
        Ralph
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, I agree. And why does Buick give the China market first dibs at the vehicle?
        They have been able to buy the regal/lacross for more than a year before an american
        buyer had a chance to drive it! And GMC got greedy by listing msrp close to 30K.
        To buy a Regal turbo (std 4 is a dog) you would pay way over 30K, and you could buy
        a Hyundia Sonata turbo ( or the Kia Optima turbo) for under 25K!! And those vehicles
        run on REGULAR gas...Buick regal, (turbo's) as well as other brands require Premium fuel when available in turbo dress.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The NADAguide COTY ranks in automotive clout at about the same level as the Lego Brickmaster magazine COTY award. Both are about as coveted as nude pics of Rosie O'Donnell.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe some lesbians like to go 'hogging'.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe some lesbians like to go 'hogging'.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Regal is nice, but to choose it over something like the Volt makes me think this is a another car awards I can safely ignore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How much did that cost them?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Isn't this just a badged engineered Astra? Awards are given for innovation or striking design. This is just another car...

        A nice car.

        But nothing special, none the less.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There always has to be a conspiracy, doesn't it? I recommend putting some tin foil over your head.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @TechySpecy

        Considering you don't even know what car you're talking about, it shouldn't be too surprising that you don't realize the fact that we're in America, and therefore it's entirely assumed we would ignore cars in other markets as they have nothing to do with our country, whatsoever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There always has to be a conspiracy, doesn't it? I recommend putting some tin foil over your head.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There always has to be a conspiracy, doesn't it? I recommend putting some tin foil over your head.
      • 4 Years Ago
      nadaguides.com, brought to you by General Motors. GM is an advertiser.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And so is Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, BMW, Merc, and so on. So what's your point?
        And Toyota comes in first with those "feel good about how they stuck it to ya" adds.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not your father's Buick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's next? Autoblog car of the year?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Accolades to this extreme show the "Car/Auto Of The Year" awards are bogus publicity stunts. I test drove the Regal and while nice, nothing breakthrough and the seats were torture. Plenty of more deserving candidates. Sorry!
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