Twelve vehicles will make world debuts this week at the Los Angeles auto show. Many are slightly altered versions of vehicles in production outside North America and of previously seen concepts.
The surprises will be the redesigned 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan and concepts from Honda and Volkswagen. The three automakers have revealed little about their vehicles.
Probably the most talked about vehicle at the show will be the production version of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. Sales begin late next year.
Vehicle unveilings are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 2 and 3. Check autonews.com on those days to see the world debuts.
The 2011 Regal, which goes on sale in the second quarter of 2010, is Buick's third product aimed at rejuvenating the brand and attracting younger buyers, after the Enclave crossover and LaCrosse sedan.
The Regal essentially is a rebadged Opel/Vauxhall Insignia sedan. The car will be assembled in Germany until about mid-2011, when production will be transferred to North America.
The Regal, Insignia and Buick LaCrosse share GM's global mid-sized, front-drive platform. But the Regal is 6.8 inches (about 173mm) shorter than the LaCrosse, and the wheelbase is trimmed 3.9 inches.
The Regal will be available with a four-cylinder engine and positioned below the LaCrosse.
Buick will highlight the Regal's European-tuned chassis, an optional turbocharged engine and a suspension that allows drivers to change tunings.