I was on the left coast a few weeks ago getting up close and personal with the 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist. This is the LaCrosse version with GM's new system using an electric motor and some other fuel-saving gimmicks to improve fuel efficiency.
It does what it says it does in terms of fuel economy and doesn't cost as much as a full-hybrid system -- both key goals of GM engineers.
These same engineers avoid the term "hybrid" as if uttering it would turn them to stone. Hey, guys, it's just a name.
Buick is taking a somewhat different approach in marketing the LaCrosse eAssist in that trim levels available with either eAssist or the V6 will be identically priced.
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