Auto News for April 5 – New Buick Regal

 Buick has released pictures and details of its 2018 Regal Sportback with available all-wheel drive, and a 2.0-liter turbo four with 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive models will come with an eight speed automatic with front wheel drive Sportbacks getting a nine speed. Buick says there is more overall cargo space then the Audi A5 Sportback and the BMW 4-series Gran Coupe with 60.7 cubic feet behind the first row. Rear seats can be had either in a 40/20/40 or 60/40 combination. It is said to be 200 pounds lighter than the earlier model. Four trim levels will be offered with pricing to be announced closer to the on-sale date in the fourth quarter of this year. Buicks’ new offering is based on the Opel Insignia that made its world debut at the Geneva show last month. A station wagon model will be called the TourX.

 The highest paid CEO among the Detroit three? GM’s Marry Barra with total compensation of $22.6 million last year. That is roughly $6 less than the previous year due to stock options.

 Can a 3.5-liter V6 adequately power a full size 4×4 pickup over West Virginia’s mountains? The answer comes in Saturday’s Road Test column. Don’t miss it.

 Michael Winkler, the CEO of Bentley’s operations in the U.S. will step down on June 1. Automotive News said he will be replaced by Audi of America’s COO Mark Del Rosso.

 It will be 2026 to 2031 before the typical driver will able to acquire a fully autonomous vehicle, according to Ken Washington, Ford’s Vice President of Research and Advanced Engineering. He told the SAE International Congress that ride service operations will get an almost fully autonomous ride in 2021.

 Did you know that in April of 1901 New York was the first state to require license plates on motor vehicles?








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