One of Opel’s most desirable models could soon be on sale in the U.S., badged as a Buick. We are, of course, talking about the stunning Opel Cascada
which rides on a version of the Delta II front-wheel-drive platform underpinning a host of General Motors vehicles including the existing Buick Verano. Speaking with Edmunds
, Opel insiders said a U.S. launch of the Cascada “could happen soon.”
The only reason the car isn’t already available locally is that it wasn’t originally designed for the U.S. market, which means it will require some modifications to meet U.S. safety and other regulatory requirements. The car was originally designed during GM’s bankruptcy days, when it was thought Opel would be sold off.
General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] current CEO, Dan Akerson, is a great fan of Opel’s lineup
and would like to see more of its models sold globally. There’s also the fact that Opel needs to expand beyond the European market if it hopes to achieve profitability
Opel’s Insignia sedan is already sold in the U.S. as the Buick Regal and the Verano is essentially a lightly modified version of Opel’s Astra sedan (both of these are currently assembled in North America, though). Recently, GM appointed a single designer
to head studios for both the Buick and Opel brands.
While there’s been talk of Opel’s Adam subcompact also making the Transatlantic crossing, this has been ruled out by GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky who said the car cannot be modified to meet local regulations. There's still hope for the second generation of the car, however.
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