First Drive: 2014 Opel Cascada [Review]

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    First Drive: 2014 Opel Cascada [Review]

    First Drive: 2014 Opel Cascada [Review]
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    By Ronan Glon
    Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014

    What is it?
    The Cascada is noticeably bigger than its compact predecessor. It stretches 184 inches long, 72 inches wide and 58 inches tall, dimensions that make it about the same size as the Verano. It's rather portly at 3,750 pounds in its lightest configuration - for the sake of comparison the Verano tips the scale at 3,300 pounds.

    Life Aboard
    The center console, the dashboard and the instrument cluster were all carried over from the Golf-fighting Astra hatchback with only minor modifications as far as aesthetics go. However, the Cascada serves as Opel's de facto flagship and the company made a conscious effort to ensure the interior reflects the car's positioning.

    On the Road
    Quiet and smooth on all road surfaces, the Cascada is a refined all-arounder that is one of the best topless daily drivers out there. The transmission shifts with an exceptional smoothness when left in drive and the car is stable enough on the highway to make 80 mph feel like 50.

    Leftlane's Bottom Line
    There are plenty of sun-worshippers out there who want to go topless without spending big bucks or getting a loud engine with a large displacement.

    In that regard the Cascada ticks many of the right boxes. It certainly isn't a sports car but it provides a satisfying, wind-in-your-hair driving experience while remaining practical enough to use on a daily basis.

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    Re: First Drive: 2014 Opel Cascada [Review]

    Ill just leave this here....

    Europe Jan to June 2014:

    BMW 4-Series - 24,584
    Porsche 911 - 7,427
    Audi TT - 6,644 (Before the all new model!!!!)
    BMW 2-Series - 5,869
    Opel/Vaux Cascada - 4,183


    Another Opel "Success" story....
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    Re: First Drive: 2014 Opel Cascada [Review]

    Quote Originally Posted by ausrutherford View Post
    Ill just leave this here....

    Europe Jan to June 2014:

    BMW 4-Series - 24,584
    Porsche 911 - 7,427
    Audi TT - 6,644 (Before the all new model!!!!)
    BMW 2-Series - 5,869
    Opel/Vaux Cascada - 4,183


    Another Opel "Success" story....
    If the same car had Saab badge, they would sell a few thousand more of those nice convertibles. European customers are funny. I don't get it. The worse thing is GM does not get it at all.

    BTW.

    I wanted to have a real-life look at Cascada. It appeared that 2 out of 3 biggest Opel dealers don't offer their Halo-car that is supposed to draw customers to Opel showrooms.
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    Re: First Drive: 2014 Opel Cascada [Review]

    Quote Originally Posted by EJD1984 View Post
    The Cascada is noticeably bigger than its compact predecessor. It stretches 184 inches long, 72 inches wide and 58 inches tall, dimensions that make it about the same size as the Verano. It's rather portly at 3,750 pounds in its lightest configuration - for the sake of comparison the Verano tips the scale at 3,300 pounds.[B]/I]
    If this is the car that becomes the Regal's companion, why would we want something noticeably smaller than the Regal to be a Regal? Skylark works for me, but don't worry...if it comes here they'll either call it a Verano or give it some other name.

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    Re: First Drive: 2014 Opel Cascada [Review]

    Yay for Poland-made! It seems quite a few sold here (even if it indeed is a rare guest on showroom floors), and I must say it looks really good. And yes, this segment should be covered by Saab.

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    Re: First Drive: 2014 Opel Cascada [Review]

    Needs the 2.0l turba bad. Also B&W camera? really?

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    Re: First Drive: 2014 Opel Cascada [Review]

    The Cascada is a great looking car. They need to work on that weight though, 3750 is a chunky monkey!

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    Re: First Drive: 2014 Opel Cascada [Review]

    Quote Originally Posted by Bravada View Post
    Yay for Poland-made!
    When it comes stateside as Buick, it will be cheaper there than in dealership next to it's Polish factory. Yay for European Union!

    And I still have sentiment for 9-3 vert. Maybe a little dated, but choosing between Saab and new Cascada. Tough choice.
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    Re: First Drive: 2014 Opel Cascada [Review]

    Quote Originally Posted by 63impala View Post
    If this is the car that becomes the Regal's companion, why would we want something noticeably smaller than the Regal to be a Regal? Skylark works for me, but don't worry...if it comes here they'll either call it a Verano or give it some other name.
    The Cascada is based on and Astra not and Insignia so it was never going to be as big as a Regal. but it is my understanding that it is slightly longer than Astra/Verano on which it is based.

    I like the Skylark name too! My Uncle gave me his 1964 Buick Skylark Convertible when I graduated from Highschool in "83. It was black with red interior. Sadly it needed a lot of work and as a college kid I had zero money for fixing up a car.

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    Re: First Drive: 2014 Opel Cascada [Review]

    Quote Originally Posted by CarFreak77 View Post
    When it comes stateside as Buick, it will be cheaper there than in dealership next to it's Polish factory. Yay for European Union!

    And I still have sentiment for 9-3 vert. Maybe a little dated, but choosing between Saab and new Cascada. Tough choice.
    A mint 9-3 Aero would be my choice.

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    Re: First Drive: 2014 Opel Cascada [Review]

    Quote Originally Posted by ausrutherford View Post
    Ill just leave this here....

    Europe Jan to June 2014:

    BMW 4-Series - 24,584
    Porsche 911 - 7,427
    Audi TT - 6,644 (Before the all new model!!!!)
    BMW 2-Series - 5,869
    Opel/Vaux Cascada - 4,183


    Another Opel "Success" story....
    Comparing premium sector against a mainstream model wiil always show that sort of pattern for convertibles in Europe.

    3/4 of those you list aren't even in the same ballpark as far as price goes.

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    Re: First Drive: 2014 Opel Cascada [Review]

    Quote Originally Posted by rsbaker View Post
    The Cascada is based on and Astra not and Insignia so it was never going to be as big as a Regal. but it is my understanding that it is slightly longer than Astra/Verano on which it is based.
    Yes, Cascada and Astra GTC using a longer and wider version of the Astra/Verano.

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    Re: First Drive: 2014 Opel Cascada [Review]

    With Audi, Mercedes and BMW convertibles appealing to a more monied crowd, a premium convertible like the Buick Cascada with a lower pricetag should do very well in the United States. VW, and Chrysler have killed their convertibles, so consumers have few places to turn. This may not be a big seller, but it will be a great image car for Buick and GM. Right now all GM has is the Corvette or Camaro.

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    Re: First Drive: 2014 Opel Cascada [Review]

    I think it could do well in the US. It won't sell in volume numbers, but the convertible market is horribly under served at the moment.

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    Re: First Drive: 2014 Opel Cascada [Review]

    I'm curious as to how they'd "Buickize" it for sale here.
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