Should new Opel Cascada convertible become a Buick?
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
Buick's on a tear recently with its combination of global products (Regal, Encore) and others designed with North American sensibilities in mind (Enclave, Verano). Perhaps the latest addition to the mix might be a two-door four-seat convertible?
Well, Opel and Vauxhall, General Motors' two European brands, recently revealed details and photos of their new Cascada convertible, a stunning product that uses the same platform as the current Regal. It uses all the same smart technology - HiPerStrut suspension and a driver-focused adaptive chassis control system - that makes even the least-expensive Regal dance pretty well. Given its European focus, the Cascada debuts a new 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 170 horsepower, but will also use the same 1.4-litre turbo found in the Cruze and - of course - a few diesel options we'd never see here.
But the shape could launch thousands of sales on this side of the pond. It wouldn't be that difficult to swap over to Buick badges, put in a 2.0-litre turbo with about 220-horsepower and it'd scare the Chrysler 200 Convertible silly.
What do you think of the Cascada? Silly name, maybe... Maybe this is why Buick renewed its Riviera trademark a while back?