Okay, better than doing nothing. However, Ford is using aluminum for better fuel economy, Chrysler is using 10 speed automatic transmissions, imports are using 8 or more speeds in their transmissions, and GM stays with the same reliable six speed automatic and 3.6 L V-6 developed back in 2009. Not that it is a bad powertrain, it is actually a good one. However GM is in danger again in falling behind the competition again - only a few years out of bankruptcy. You know GM has noticed - they have already announced that they have fast-tracked an aluminum body for their trucks in a few years to match what Ford is offering in 2015. At least there they will only be a few years behind the competition (GM already announced adding gears to its transmissions in the trucks in a desperate attempt to keep up only one year after their launch).
2015 Buick LaCrosse Adds New Features and Technology
To keep its vehicles from sliding back into outdated territory, Buick will be offering new technology and features to keep its models fresh and current with today's market. For the 2015 model year, the Buick LaCrosse with now offer standard Wi-Fi and rearview camera system, 4G LTE, an updated IntelliLink with text message alerts and Siri Eyes Free, new exterior paint colors, and four-way adjustable front seat headrests. Offered in four trim levels--LaCrosse, Leather, Premium 1, and Premium 2--the 2015 Buick LaCrosse will offer both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive and receive its power from a direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6 or a 2.4-liter with eAssist light electrification technology. Both engines will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.With a wide array of standard and optional features, the 2015 Buick LaCrosse also offers signature Buick design elements, including LED signature accents, chrome accents, and unique lighting both in the front and rear for a more modern appearance. Inside, customers will find a contemporary cabin with soft-touch materials and a clean center stack layout. Four interior color/trim combinations offer added customization. But design and style isn't all that went into the 2015 Buick LaCrosse. The automaker also offers two Driver Confidence packages. Driver Confidence 1 offers forward collision alert, lane departure warning, lane change alert, side blind zone alert, and much more. The Driver Confidence 2 package includes all features from the first, and adds collision preparation with collision mitigation braking, full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, and a safety alert seat. Source: General Motors
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