Buick Ready to Drop Its Top for 2016?
The successful product evolution at Buick continues with the news that a convertible is coming to the lineup. Reports suggest the Opel Cascada will be the basis for a Buick ragtop in time for the 2016 model year. According to GM Inside News Forum, "Buick-GMC showed dealerships the Cascada as a future product (recently). The news provides yet another confirmation that the Cascada will be coming stateside to Buick dealerships sometime in the near future." RELATED: See More photos of the 2013 Opel Cascada This could be the first new Buick to get excited about since the Grand National days. Sure, the brand has been showing strong sales (probably because it's largely avoiding the Chevrolet recall fiasco) and it has solid products. It's just that none will turn your head. Even its own TV ads suggest nobody knows what a Buick looks like. RELATED: See photos of the 1987 Buick Grand National Opel is claiming the Cascada is fighting above Buick's weight class. It has suggested the four-seater can compete with the likes of the Audi A5, BMW 4 series, and the Mercedes-Benz E class convertibles. Road and Track, though, deflates that claim in a review that points out, "The Opel Cascada starts out with an inherent disadvantage—its platform. [It] is built on GM's Global Delta platform and thus shares its underpinnings with more pedestrian vehicles that include the Chevrolet Cruze and the Buick Verano." The Cascada is sold in Europe with a strong focus on its technology. Its top can be opened and closed at speeds up to 30 mph, which Opel says makes it unique in the industry. RELATED: See Photos of the Opel Monza Concept It's a soft-top convertible that looks a lot better with the top down. Haven't witnessed one in the flesh but it seems suggestive of a sharply creased version of the Sebring convertible from certain angles. Embracing Buick's designs could hopefully negate that perception.