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GM put this superb design into the hands of the right division . Buick is the new benchmark for the company and it will have made the right changes to this Opel vehicle to bring out the best of the best , for North America , congratulations BUICK !!
 

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Two complaints from my end:

It shouldn't be called Cascada. They should have called it Velite or something else entirely. Though it's no secret that Opel and Buick share products, their lineups may not always coincide and their styling may not always be shared. This is especially true as Chinese tastes and styling takes a precedence at Buick. If eventually Opel and Buick's business arrangement and product portfolio diverge, they should have different and unique monikers, especially if they should ever end up in the same market. With that in mind, why build up any brand awareness and equity in a nameplate that may eventually have to be replaced or disappear? That's poor planning and not thinking ahead in GM's part.

Second, what happened to Buick's trademark waterfall grille? How did they miss making that change?
 

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Oh yeah... the Cascada, forgot about that one.
 
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Great update and seeing it already on Buick.com with colors, etc. is a great move to make by GM.

All generations of people enjoy the Verano based on how many I see daily, so this should add an all new missing volume for those wanting smaller luxury drop top with looks.
 

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It actually looks good not having the traditional waterfall grill.
 

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It actually looks good not having the traditional waterfall grill.
Agreed. Looks 100% better with the Opel grille, than a waterfall grille. Love it! Looks overall like they didn't mess with it too much, thank goodness!
 
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The only thing Buick about this is the name. This is getting lame - keeping Buick alive because the Chinese financed the bailout - but nothing is now a real Buick. There would be more integrity to this whole thing if Buick were just an awful Chinese company and Opel replaced it - at least we wouldn't get cross dressed Opels impersonating Buicks.
 

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I agree. Why on earth wouldn't they change the grille? I hope they change it before they start selling it.
No idea, but it's a big oversight. I hope they change it too, but who knows what they'll do.
It actually looks good not having the traditional waterfall grill.
Agreed. Looks 100% better with the Opel grille, than a waterfall grille. Love it! Looks overall like they didn't mess with it too much, thank goodness!
In my opinion, if it looks "better" or "worse" really is rather secondary to the issue of consistency and execution.

Either you have a "family" look for the brand or you don't; Either you have some kind of cohesive design language that all products in your range share and adhere to, or you don't.

Just bringing it over as the with same grille (and the same name, besides) kind of "insults" your customers, and runs contrary to GM's stated purpose of trying to elevate Buick and forge a consistent range of products.

Unless Buick is going to abandon the waterfall grille altogether and wholeheartedly embrace Opel's front fascia design language (which doesn't seem likely in light of the Avenir concept they just unveiled), then this debut comes off as utterly lazy.

Even knowing that Buick and Opel share products (which not all Buick consumers will), this reeks of being an afterthought; it's both dishonest to your customers and Tri-Shield fans.

Again, it's just my opinion.
 
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