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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, DECEMBER 22, 2011, PAGE A-5 .................. :,: ............................ Times or,. Wf00ets !iii!iii!i!iiii:i,, 'ii!iiiii!'ii!i!iii!!ii!iiiiiiiiiiii 985-386 -3242 I m 18272 %,. i IH ,11111 II to Repa0000 386-8802 00ommY 610 W. Pine Tune Ups Electrical Air Conditioning Fuel Injection Ponch00 Brakes Computer Engine Service Carburetor 7:30am to6 pm Hours: Monday thru Friday was also nice one cold morning to simply switch on the embed- ded seat heater. Navigation, back up camera, audio and climate control are all handled through a center touch screen that is pleasant and easy to use even for a solo driver with no copilot. Duplicate control of these features on the steering column means the driver need PLEASE SEE PAGE B-2 Buick goes hybrid with 2012 LaCrosse By CHRIS O'CONNOR Times on Wheels Columnist Value is the most attractive feature of the 2012 Buick LaCrosse; additionally, this car is crowded with upscale features. It is a styl- ish looking vehicle with hybrid gas-saving technology, roomy com- fort, a luxurious interior and smooth ride. One tall lady passenger re- marked after a trip that she shared with three people in the back seat, "The inside of the doors taper out to give you plenty of arm room." Head room might be a bit tight for those over six feet on a cross country trip with five adults, but that is not why you invest in a nimble, lushly appointed, fuel efficient vehicle, is it? Take a plane when you visit California and savor the ride of this thoroughbred while tour- ing around on Sunday after- noons and swaggering up to the valet at downtown diners. The combination of a small elec- tric motor and the 2.4L four cyl- inder gasoline engine is called eAssist by Buick and it deliv- ers confident acceleration and power through a six speed au- tomatic transmission and front wheel drive. The 25/36 city/highway MPG rating is impressive in a four door sedan of this size. The tech- nology that provides it stays in the background. By that I mean, this is the first hybrid I have driven that did not feel as though some sacrifices had to be made to achieve the effi- ciency desired. An optional V-6 is available without the eAssist, but I never felt the need. High marks also go to the regenerative braking system which often can feel unnatural, but not here. The only way one would know this was a hybrid system is to ask. The ride and handling were not in the style of your grandparents' big ole Buick, but more on par with a European touring sedan. Not quite there, but almost. However at a price that would save you many Euros ver- sus transatlantic competitors, there was nothing to quibble with in the elegant Lacrosse. The leather interior was com- fortable and front electric seat- ing is adjustable in more direc- tions than you can imagine. It 2012 Buick LaCrosse is a stereotype killer By BRYANT. McMAHON Times On Wheels Columnist I try not to read the Monroney label until after I've test driven an automobile for a week, so as not to saddle myself with precon- ceived notions based on price or equipment. So, imagine my shock when I finally did read it and discovered I'd been driving a GM hybrid sedan all week. The mocha steel metallic ex- terior and the cocoa/light cash- mere interior must have dis- tracted my attention, or at least that's the story I'm sticking to. Seriously, the hybrid technol- ogy could not have been less evident. LaCrosse provided a super smooth ride with no hint of electricity. It also provided 36 miles-per- gallon fuel economy in highway driving, 25 mpg on city streets. And the stars fell all over the Monroney label, five stars each for driver and passenger in frontal crash safety tests, five stars (the best) for front seat passengers in side crash tests, and four stars for rear seat pas- sengers, and another four stars in the rollover rating. "Standard" equipment in- cludes leather appointed seat- ing with heated front seats, fog lamps, power adjustable auto dimming headlights, remote start, ultrasonic rear parking assist, 7-speaker AM/FM/CD/ MP3/XM satellite radio, OnStar Directions, 17" alloy wheels, and Interior elegant LED tail lamps, power seats, and LATCH restraint system for the kiddies, to name just the high points, without forgetting the leather wrapped tilting, telescoping steering wheel. Blu- etooth for hands-free telephon- ing, and all the other standard equipment that you get, but that I did not mention here. Gone is the stereotype link- ing Buick to senior citizen driv- ers, which is a prejudice I had been entertaining. I am totally impressed with this vehicle. It blows away any stereotype. No more! LaCrosse is totally hot, on top of it, well-healed and youth- ful in spirit. You go Buick! NEW 2011 FORD F-250 CREW CAB 4X2 DIESEL MSRP. .................................... $52,620 BILL HOOD DISCOUNT. ....... -$5652 RETAIL CASH ........................ -$2500 FORD CREDIT CASH ............. -$1000 BONUS CASH ........................ -$1000 TRADE-IN CASH .................... -$1000 TOTAL $41,468 STK#t 1481 5TK#12029 NEW 2012 FORD ESCAPE XLT FWD MSRP, .................................... $28,820 RETAI L CASH .......................... - $1000 FORD CREDIT CASH ............... -$500 PROMO CASH ......................... -$1000 BONUS CASH .......................... -$500 BILL HOOD DISCOUNT. ............ -$2884 TOTAL $22,936 STK#12078 NEW 2012 FORD TAURUS SEL FWD MSRP. ................................... $31,740 BILL HOOD DISCOUNT. ....... -$2745 BONUS CASH ...................... -$1000 RETAIL CASH ......................... -$1000 TOTAL $26,995 STK#1223 NEW2012 FORD ... $19,435 . BILL HOOD DISCOUNT. ........ -$1440 , FACTORY REBATE ................ -$500 TOTAL $17,495 STK#11551 NEW 2011 FORD F150 XLT NEW 2012 FORD 4X2 CREW CAB MUSTANG COUPE MSRP. .................................... $37,960 XLT BONUS CASH ................. -$1000 RETAIL CASH ......................... -$2500 FORD CREDIT CASH .............. -$1000 $TK#12141 5.0 LITER BONUS CASH ........ -$500 MSRP. .................................... $28,695 TRADE ASSIST ........................ -$1000 BILL HOOD DISCOUNT. ........ -$2200 BILL HOOD DISCOUNT .......... -$3511 RETAIL CASH ........................ -$500 BONUS CASH ....................... $1000 TOTAL $28,449 TOTAL $24,995 # PLUS TAX, TAG AND TITLE. INCLU DES FORD CREDIT CASH AND TRADE IN CASH. WITH APPROVED CREDIT. EXPIRES 12/31/11 I-8T/-418-6461 Drive one.