Ability to Use Cleaner, Renewable Fuel Offered at No Cost to Customer
The 2009 Buick Lucerne sedan will join General Motors'
industry-leading lineup of flex-fuel vehicles that can run on either
ordinary gasoline or E85, or any combination of the two, GM Vice
President of Environment, Energy and Safety Policy Beth Lowery said
The Lucerne, the first flex-fuel capable Buick
passenger car, will be among more than 15 GM models with flex-fuel
capability in 2009, up from 11 offerings this year.
continue to believe that ethanol used in high blends like E85 offers
the best near-term solution to offset increased oil demand," Lowery
said at the Department of Energy's Biomass Conference. "There are more
than 7 million vehicles today that can use E85. The key is to increase
the number of stations that offer the fuel."
E85 ethanol (a
blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline), is a cleaner-burning
alternative fuel that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as
23 percent compared with gasoline.
GM has committed to make
half of its US production flex-fuel capable by 2012 providing the
infrastructure is in place. GM built more than 1 million flex-fuel
capable vehicles worldwide last year. It is committed to helping to
speed cellulosic ethanol to market via its partnership with Coskata
Inc., which can make ethanol from a range of renewable sources.
For Buick, the FlexFuel-capable Lucerne is a no-cost option for consumers.
E85 fuel is an easy choice for consumers to make a difference for the
environment and to reduce oil dependence," said Buick-Pontiac-GMC
General Manager Jim Bunnell.
The Lucerne is the latest
vehicle announced for the 2009 GM FlexFuel lineup. The four-cylinder
Chevrolet HHR was revealed at the Chicago Auto Show in February and the
Hummer H2 and H2 SUT were announced in March as part of the opening of
the first public E85 pumps owned by a dealership, Classic
Chevrolet-Hummer in Grapevine, Texas.