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Old 09-13-13, 06:35 PM   #16
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Default Opel Cascada close to getting green light for US

Opel Cascada close to getting green light for US


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For a company with a long tradition of grand touring convertibles, it's almost unseemly that General Motors doesn't offer a properly relaxed four-seat convertible in North America. There's the Chevrolet Camaro, of course, but it's not big on rear-seat space and it doesn't offer that sort of serene demeanor that many open-air buyers crave. We're thinking of something more refined and, dare we say, elegant. Something a bit closer to the Opel Cascada.

The General's front-wheel drive convertible went on sale in Europe this year, and while it seemed like a natural fit for its Buick brand in America, it's never been sold here. That may be about to change, however. Back in June, CEO Dan Akerson hinted he'd like to see the Cascada available in the US, and now there's word from Edmunds that importation "could happen soon." That's according to an unnamed insider at the company.

So why wasn't the car developed with our market in mind initially? Edmunds says we can blame GM's plans to sell off Opel-Vauxhall while in the teeth of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring. Since the company planned to rid itself of the European division to begin with, it didn't see the benefit in spending the extra money to align the Cascada with our regulations. Of course, it later reversed that decision, so if it's to come to the US, some reengineering will be necessary.

The same goes for the Opel Adam (http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2012-opel-adam/), a supermini that some – including Akerson – would like to see sold here. While we do expect the Cascada to grace US showrooms, it's unlikely the same fate awaits the Adam, as it would require even more extensive investment to federalize. Autoblog's own sources tell us that the chances of seeing the Adam come to America are all but nil.

One last curiosity: Edmunds reports that GM may once again import the Buick Regal from Europe. Back when it first launched the fifth-generation model in the States, it imported examples from its plant in Rüsselsheim, Germany. It did so until 2011, but then stopped as North American assembly came online in Oshawa, ON, which was less expensive. It isn't immediately clear why GM would consider restarting importation, especially as the Regal hasn't exactly been a hot seller.

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Astra GTC, VXR and Insignia VXR also arriving

Holden has announced plans to introduce the Cascada next year in Australia and New Zealand.

The Cascada mid-size hard-top convertible was launched back in October 2012 in Europe as an Opel/Vauxhall and pretty soon it will wear the Holden badge for Australia and New Zealand, together with the Astra GTC & VXR as well as the Insignia VXR. All of them are programmed to reach Holden's dealerships in the first half of 2015.

The Cascada is going to be offered exclusively with a 4-cylinder, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine linked to a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. The engine's output numbers have not been disclosed but most likely it churns 170 PS (125 kW) and 206 lb-ft (279 Nm) as it does on the old continent.

Europeans also get an uprated version of this engine generating 200 PS (147 kW) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) in the Cascada Turbo.
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One last curiosity: Edmunds reports that GM may once again import the Buick Regal from Europe. Back when it first launched the fifth-generation model in the States, it imported examples from its plant in Rüsselsheim, Germany. It did so until 2011, but then stopped as North American assembly came online in Oshawa, ON, which was less expensive. It isn't immediately clear why GM would consider restarting importation, especially as the Regal hasn't exactly been a hot seller.
The main reason the Regal hasn't been a hot seller is its own Buick competition. The slightly smaller Verano, with essentially the same N/A and turbo engines, is more solidly-built, offers a manual transmission with the turbo, has a quieter ride, and undercuts it for less money. The slightly larger LaCrosse, on the other hand, offers more comfort for traditional Buick buyers for not much more money. The Regal has, essentially, been squeezed in the middle from both sides.

The only significant appeal the Regal has is the GS model, which appeals to some enthusiasts who want an American-badged semi-sport sedan with German engineering (it is Opel-based).
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