• May 7, 2010
Opel Insignia hatch (left) Buick Regal sedan (right)

When the new Buick Regal goes on sale in the U.S. later this month, it will only be available as a four-door sedan. However, the Regal's German twin, the Opel Insignia, is available as either a five-door hatchback or a station wagon, dubbed the "sports tourer." During our recent jaunt to Germany, we spoke with Buick officials about offering alternate body styles, and were particularly enamored by the Insignia OPC Sports Tourer with its 325 turbocharged V6 and all-wheel drive.

Alas, Buick sales and marketing manager Craig Bierley told us that chances of the wagon making it to America are slim (but not impossible). What's more likely to make it to the U.S. is the five-door. Buick thinks the hatch has a better chance of success in the States because it doesn't look like a hatchback. In fact, aside from slighter shorter rear decklid and more raked rear glass, it's difficult to distinguish from the sedan while still offering the extra utility of the large cargo opening. If the Regal proves successful in the States, the hatch variant could arrive in a year or two. The question is, what do you want?







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      • 4 Years Ago
      A Buick Regal wagon would be amazin'. The germans have a way with wagons.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I voted for hatch and like the idea of it, but in the pic, it feels like it borrows heavily from BMW (more so than the four door design).
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Volvos and Subarus have sold very well as hatches/wagons. People forget that when quoting the tired aphorism that we won't accept a hatchback. If it's a good, worthy car, it WILL succeed, even as a hatch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The difference between the 5 door Insignia and the Regal is inconsequential--it looks like the same car! Surely they'll be a little more differentiated come production.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Look carefully at the point where the rear window meets the trunk. There's a bit of a notch on the sedan, but not on the hatch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sedan. I personally don't see the hatch doing well here.

      In that particular picture, its very resemblant of a BMW 5 series except for the rear lights.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the hatch should have been the standard model here to begin with. then nobody would have known the difference.

      but of course the wagon is the most practical, and not any less fun.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cars are very costly.


      car

      • 4 Years Ago
      I would trade my 2010 Equinox in a heartbeat for a Buick 5dr slantback, like the Hoonda Crosstour.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Buick....PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring the Regal 5 door to the USA! PLEEEEAAAAAAAASSSSSSEEE!!!!!!! I promise I'll buy it! I own a 5 door car now, but I reeeeaaaaaallllyyyyy want a Regal 5 door. And Buick, if you really want me to buy it, make a Reagal 5 door GS! That would be PERFECT!
      • 4 Years Ago
      My question is, if buick can incorporate a hatch so well that i can barely see it, why can't porsche do it with the panamera?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Real Americans don't buy many hatches or wagons in this segment. They're a paranoid bunch that demands a lockable trunk. Even Subaru doesn't have a wagonized sedan anymore- it's been blown up into a Venza/Crosstour competitor.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That, too. Fire sale Pinto, anyone?
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