Model will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 8.9 seconds.

Buick has introduced the LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle in Shanghai, China.

Looking virtually identical to the standard model, the LaCrosse Hybrid has a high-tech powertrain that consists of a 1.8-liter SIDI engine, an electric variable transmission, and a 1.5 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery.  Buick was coy on performance specifications but confirmed the model will accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in 8.9 seconds and have a fuel economy rating of 50 miles per gallon (4.7 liters per 100 kilometers).  Buick notes the latter figure is a 35 percent improvement over the previous LaCrosse with eAssist technology.

Besides featuring an eco-friendly powertrain, the LaCrosse Hybrid has been equipped with an active shutter grille, an electronic power steering system, and an electronic climate control compressor.  The car also has a thermal energy recycling system tied into the exhaust.

In related news, GM executive director of global propulsion systems Larry Nitz confirmed the automaker will introduce more than ten eco-friendly vehicles in China over the course of the next five year.  Nitz declined to elaborate but noted the company plans to offer hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and range-extended electric vehicles.  Some of the models will be Buicks and each will have a blue logo to identify it as new energy vehicles.

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