Buick Regal Turns 40 [Photo Gallery]
Launched in 1973, the first-generation Regal - a mid-size luxury two-door vehicle - helped Buick surpass its 1955 all-time sales record, delivering no less than 91,557 units. The stylish coupe was replaced in 1978, when the boxy Regal hit US showrooms.
The second-gen iteration made Buick the first mainstream brand to offer a turbocharged engine and its Grand National and GNX are now two of the most iconic cars built in the 1980s. The third-generation showed in 1988, followed by a redesign in 1997. The Regal was discontinued in 2004, but came back four years ago, when the fifth-generation was introduced.
“The Buick team was on the leading edge and reacted to the need of more fuel-efficient engines,” said General Motors Heritage Center manager Greg Wallace. “Engineers worked around the clock to get the V6 program up and running in a fraction of the time it typically took, while making sure to retain Buick’s reputation for reliability.”
More info on the Buick Regal can be found in the press release below.
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⌕ Download attached PDF: Buick Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Regal