Opel Tapped To Build New Buick for U.S. | Edmunds

Opel Tapped To Build New Buick for U.S.


Just the Facts:
  • General Motors announced that Opel will produce a new model for Buick in the second half of the decade.
  • No word yet of what Opel-built model will end up at Buick dealerships.
  • GM said more details will be announced at the end of the year.

RUESSELSHEIM, Germany — General Motors announced that Opel will produce a new model for Buick in the second half of the decade.

There's no word yet of what Opel-built model will end up at Buick dealerships.

GM said more details will be announced at the end of the year.

Importing the Opel Cascada convertible into the U.S. "could happen soon," insiders at Opel told Edmunds at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.

The Cascada is a four-passenger, front-wheel-drive convertible that would expand the Buick lineup. It is loosely based on the Opel Insignia/Buick Regal.

Opel registered the Cascada and Calibra names with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office on December 18, 2013, according to the government's online records. The Opel Calibra, a slick coupe, was produced by Opel between 1989 and 1997 and sold in Europe.

While Opel's Adam minicar would make an attractive import, it is unlikely to end up in U.S. showrooms because the current version of the car cannot be federalized to comply with U.S. safety and other regulatory requirements, according to GM insiders.

Although General Motors' German subsidiary Opel has been the engineering source for most Buick models, Buick for the first time will now have a voice in vehicle development, too, a source familiar with the strategy told Edmunds last year.

Edmunds says: Buick doesn't want to take a backseat to the luxury brands, so consumers should expect this Opel-built model to be stylish, with lots of European flair.

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