Buick To Unveil 2002 Abboud Regal At New York Auto Show

NOUVELLES par admin, May 8, 2001

NEW YORK – Buick will unveil a special 2002 model of its midsize Regal – again featuring design influences by renowned fashion designer Joseph Abboud – at the New York International Automobile Show April 13-22. The 2002 Abboud Regal, which will go on sale in dealer showrooms late this summer, will be the third model in Buick's partnership with the designer – and undoubtedly the most expressive, according to Regal Brand Manager Mark D. Hines. Abboud's influence is most apparent in the Regal's dramatic taupe leather interior, Hines said. Special club-style front bucket seats with dark brown leather seating areas are reminiscent of the LaCrosse, Buick's 2000 concept car. The new Abboud Regal also includes a new leather-wrapped two-tone steering wheel and leather shifter boot. Two new colors – dark bronze mist and white – have been added to a palate that already contained graphite metallic and sterling silver metallic used in earlier models. A light sandrift lower accent complements each color. "With this edition, the Abboud influence shines through in a more dramatic way," said Hines. "Our relationship has been an extraordinary way to emphasize Regal's casual side of luxury and to further blend style and performance for Regal owners." Abboud said that in his relationship with Buick, he is getting "more comfortable working in the steel and glass of the auto world as opposed to cashmere and silk of the fashion world." He noted one Abboud Regal color combination – the silver exterior and taupe interior – is common on many show cars but uncommon on production vehicles. Abboud signature emblems adorn the instrument panel, carpet savers, headrest and taillight. Special treatment sets off the grille-mounted Buick tri-shield and designs on the 16-inch aluminum wheels. All Regals for 2002 have a new wood finish on the trim plates. Underneath the special trim, the Abboud Edition is all Regal. Abboud Regals are available in LS and GS models, the latter equipped with a supercharged 3800 Series II V-6 engine providing 240 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm. The LS engine is the naturally aspirated 3800 Series II V-6, providing 200 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 225 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. Fuel economy is 20 miles per gallon in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway for the LS and 18/27 for the supercharged GS. Other standard features on the Abboud Regals include the Monsoon eight-speaker premium audio system, sunroof and steering wheel radio controls. The first Regals from the Buick-Abboud relationship celebrated the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney. Those cars carried the Olympic rings on the taillight and the Abboud logo on the headrest and lower door cladding. Following the Olympics, the remainder of the 2001 Abboud models carried the Abboud diamond logo in place of the Olympic rings.