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Posted in cars, Reviews on February 7th, 2012 by admin
Tags: 2011, 2012, 6 speed, autospotters, boost, brembo, Buick, button, china, cxl, fwd, GN, GNX, Grand National, gs, horsepower, hp, manual, MPG, navigation, opel, pics, pictures, pounds, price, regal, sales, specs, sport, stats, stick, transmission, turbo, wheels
In China, Buick has positioned itself as a brand of power, prestige and luxury. In America, Buick has become a brand of naps, early bird specials and retirement homes. Buick has discovered that a positive brand image, as they have in China, results in strong sales numbers. So taking what they have learned over there, Buick is working to improve its image, over here, in America. With the introduction of the redesigned Regal in 2011, which is basically a rebadged Opel Insignia, Buick took a big step toward shaking off their land yacht image.
Almost as soon as the new Regal was introduced, rumors began to float that a high-performance version was on its way. Last year we drove the 2011 Regal Turbo CXL and hoped that was not it – we hoped that was not the rumored high-performance version, because high-performance, it was not. We continued to hold hope for a Regal that would pay homage to the Grand National or even the legendary GNX.
When Buick announced the 2012 Regal GS, showed pictures of what it would look like and announced a six speed manual transmission would be standard equipment, we thought this could be it. This could be the high-performance Regal we were hoping for.
Now to find out if Buick has done it.
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Posted in cars, Reviews on June 2nd, 2011 by admin
Tags: 2011, aarp, autospotters, Buick, casino, cxl, Houston, insignia, louisiana, news, opel, pictures, poker, regal, review, specs, Texas, turbo
Our quarterly poker tournament had just consolidated down to two tables. Most players who were still in had bought additional chips at the break – I had not and felt good about making it this long. I needed to earn a lot of chips before the blinds were increased again for a chance to grind my way to the final table for a shot at the payout. I was dealt 7-7 and came out betting, most players folded, but two called – the flop came 2-3-5. I checked, the next guy checked and the 3rd raised. I re-raised, the next guy called and the 3rd guy folded. A king came on the turn, we both checked, then a 7 came on the river – jackpot! I bet big, the other player raised and I raised all-in – he called. I confidently showed my triple 7’s, he showed his 6-4 – and with that, I was out of the tournament.
Because we were at a poker tournament, everyone was in the mood to gamble. A long story short: a bet was made and the odds were stacked against us – we had to make it to a casino, in Louisiana, in under a certain amount of time.
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