Further confirmation of the Buick-Opel tie strengthening.
August 19, 2014
By: Nick Saporito
GMI has received further evidence that the Buick brand will be utilizing the Opel Cascada as a future product in North America. According to multiple reports, Buick-GMC showed dealerships the Cascada as a future product to dealerships last week. The news provides yet another confirmation that the Cascada will be coming stateside to Buick dealerships sometime in the near future.
The first indication of the Cascada coming to Buick came courtesy of none other than General Motors' former CEO Dan Akerson. Often loose-lipped when it came to his opinion, he asserted publicly that he felt the Opel Cascada would make a nice Buick product. Shortly after, GM product chief Mark Reuss exerted his desire to see something "special" come to the Buick product portfolio, utilizing a convertible or coupe as examples.
Then in January Adam Opel AG trademarked the Cascada name in the United States. While the Cascada would wear the Buick tri-shield in North America, it would likely be manufactured in Europe by Adam Opel AG and imported for Buick's use.
According to sources from the dealership meeting the Buick Cascada will be a 2016 model-year vehicle and look nearly identical to the Opel version, down to the same 20-inch wheels. The powertrains of which the Cascada will utilize were not disclosed in the meeting, though in Europe the Cascada is powered by GM's 1.4-liter Turbo, 1.6-liter Turbo and a 2.0 turbo diesel. If we were to guess, the 1.6-liter will be the Buick engine, simply for the fact GM intends to utilize that engine in more applications in North America over the next couple of years.