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Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2021 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
It’s a cliché to say it’s the end of an era, and it’s still difficult to believe, but Buick is technically out of the car business. That’s right; every 2021-model Buick in the U.S. market is a crossover SUV. Perhaps more surprising, the last Buick cars weren’t the marque’s famously all-American four-door sedans. Rather they were the 2020 Regal Sportback and Regal TourX wagon.
Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2020 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
Some of the hottest cars out of Detroit in 1987 were Buick Regals. The Grand National and limited-production GNX were seriously fast and commanded respect on the street and at the strip. It was also the end of an era, because a new front-wheel-drive Regal was being readied for 1988 and turbocharged muscle was not part of its equation. The sportiest new Regal was the Gran Sport coupe, and its 1992-96 iteration can make for some fun cheap wheels.
Class: Midsize Car
Miles driven: 473
Fuel used: 19.2 gallons
Presented here is an unedited press release received by Consumer Guide today.
DETROIT — Coming off a historic year with record sales, four new vehicle launches and awards validating Buick’s quality and customer experience, the brand’s introduction of the all-new Regal TourX brings the latest product to broaden the brand’s lineup in the U.S. Like the successful Encore and Cascada, TourX proves Buick continues to make bold moves outside traditional vehicle segments.
2015 Buick Regal GS AWD
Class: Premium Midsize Car
Dates tested: 1/05/2015 – 1/12/2015
Miles Driven: 293
Fuel Used: 16.9
2014 Buick Regal AWD Premium II Group
Miles driven: 256
Fuel used: 10.0 gallons
Rather than hold individual launches for each of its divisions at the 2013 New York Auto Show, General Motors rolled them together into a 1-2 combo from Buick followed by an uppercut from Cadillac.
Is it too soon to indulge in some 1980s automotive nostalgia? I hope not, because I’ve been reminiscing quite a bit lately about the days of leg warmers, E.T., and Huey Lewis and the News. Don’t ask me why. Most car enthusiasts lump the early 1980s in with the 1970s as the automotive dark ages, but there were bright spots. I was combing through Consumer Guide’s amazing photo library recently when I stumbled across two snapshots in our 1983 Buick files. They’re mediocre photos, probably taken as an afterthought at a full-line GM press event for its soon-to-be-released 1983 models. But the car in them is anything but mediocre—it’s a one-off custom built by legendary drag-car and hot-rod builder “Lil’” John Buttera.
Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2012 Buick Regal, a premium-midsize car that starts at $26,670. Also see our full report on the 2013 Buick Regal.