Writers for Winding Road are in China at the Shanghai Motor Show. They recently managed to get Chris Gubbey, Executive Vice President for GM Shanghai, to squeak about an announcement GM will soon make about Buick's first ever hybrid model. Don't go looking for it at American dealerships; the advanced powertrain is destined solely for the Chinese version of the LaCrosse.

Winding Road says the Buick hybrid will use a Belt-Alternator Starter hybrid system (BAS) like the one in the Chevy Malibu. This won't result in 50 mpg ratings for the LaCrosse hybrid, but should increase the vehicle's numbers a little. Current LaCrosse models in the US get around 22-24 mpg. We'll have more when GM officially announces the vehicle.

[Source: Winding Road]

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