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Buick Customers Will Have a Chance to Save Some Cash by Filling Up with E85 in the Upcoming Year

General Motors announced recently that it’s adding the 2009 Buick Lucerne to its flex-fuel lineup. The alternative-fuel version of the Lucerne can be selected as a no-cost option and can run on gasoline or E85 or any combination of the two. This means the Lucerne thus has the distinction of becoming the first flex-fuel passenger car from Buick.

The Lucerne was named after Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. I had the good fortune of spending a couple days there in the spring of 1993 and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to travel abroad. “Timeless beauty” would accurately describe the lake and the city surrounding it. It is easily one of the most scenic locations in the heart of Europe.


GM said the Lucerne will be among more than 15 of its models with flex-fuel capability for the 2009 model year, up from 11 models this year. Some vehicles that currently offer an E85 compatible motor include: select models of the Avalanche, Impala, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Express, and Uplander. The 4-cylinder HHR will also offer an E85 option in for 2009.

In a statement, GM described ethanol as “a cleaner-burning alternative fuel that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 23 percent compared with gasoline.”

Many people currently believe that ethanol used in high blends like E85 offers the best present-time solution to offset the recent increase in world oil prices.

The Buick Lucerne was originally introduced in 2006 and served as a replacement for the Buick LeSabre which was produced from 1959-2005.

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