Buick LaCrosse eAssist to Be Sold in China

The regular LaCrosse mid-size sedan is doing wonderfully well in China, managing to buck the trend with total sales of 215,000 units in the first seven months of 2011 alone.

Now, Chinese consumers will be able to enjoy not only the style and presence of the American-badged four-door, but also a bit of extra fuel efficiency, thanks to the introduction of the mild-hybrid eAssist version. The pilot program will ensure that a total of 25 large Chinese cities will have access to the model, with the first cars to be delivered in September.

Average fuel consumption will stand at 7.2 liters per 100 kilometers, which means that Chinese customers will pay as much as 20 percent less at the pump. Stop-Start Technology shuts down the engine when the car makes a complete stop, than restarts it immediately once the driver lifts the foot off the brake pedal.

While we’re on the subject of money - prices will start at RMB265,900, the equivalent of just under $42,000 for the Elegant trim level, with the Luxury Elegant models costing RMB285,900 (US$44,800).

The model that American consumers have grown accustomed to will bring a mix of General Motors tried and tested 2.4-liter direct injection four-cylinder gasoline engine that’s been couple to a 15 kW generator and a 115V lithium-ion battery. This provides charge to the battery and gives extra boost when you plant your right foot into the carpet.
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