• May 20, 2010
As CAR magazine tells it, Opel (and Vauxhall) Calibra might be in line for a successor based on the Opel Insignia, better known as the Buick Regal in North America. Said to be operating under the project name New Calibra for the moment, there is much to be acquired and decided before such a couple has any chance of becoming a reality, but Calibra fans should at least be heartened by the discussion.
One of the first decisions would be to figure out if the car is really a new Calibra or better thought of as an Insignia Coupe. The Insignia is more than 13 inches longer than the last Calibra (which ended production in 1997), and as a proper four-seater, a two-door Insignia would probably appeal to a very different crowd than the Calibra. The Insignia is already offered in sedan, liftback and wagon formats.

Then there's the matter of money: it's said that Opel/Vauxhall would need to sell 30,000 every year before making money on the cars. With fewer in-house avenues for platform sharing, General Motors' financial situation still requiring babysitting, and Opel probably about to be refused a loan from the German government, throwing another coupe into the mix might not be the go-to strategy. That said, leveraging the cost of such an endeavor while helping to augment Buick's increasingly youthful image with a Regal coupe might not be such a bad move, right?

[Source: CAR]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      A modern coupe shape with a Regal badge would be as strange as the last version of the Mercury Cougar.

      Maybe they could bring back the Wildcat name.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not if they call it Riviera.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 2007 Opel GTC Concept which this is based on, was a twin to the Pontiac G6 Coupe. I currently own the G6 GT, which I have to say is very similar to the new Cadillac CTS coupe coming up, except for the engine, etc. The design is very similar...
      I wouldn't mind updating to this car, if a Buick, in a couple of years, they seem to have a better design anyway...
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should stick to the Calibra name. It has a ton of brand recognition in Europe even though the previous vehicle became known for handling and performance deficiencies (its styling sold it).

      I would think that If the price is right, Buick should be able to sell 10,000 of these a year. They'd need to market it unlike what Nissan and Honda have done for their coupes. Hyundai is about the only one you still hear about.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I believe its time for another Buick coupe. I think the Regal would look great as one. America needs more coupes as it is anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't call it Riviera. The last Riv', although a great looking car, was still a Buick boat in terms of handling. On the other hand, Wildcar hasn't been used in some time.

      Of course, there is always the Grand Natioal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the Insignia...............only Opel apart for the Astra I ever liked.
      I am really curious to see what kind of design they can come up with.
      If it is as gorgeous as the Insignia, it will be a success................although the Buick grill suck and might ruin the look of the car, time for a change IMO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As two door coupes seem to be gaining more appeal again, a Regal coupe would be a very good addition to the Buick lineup. Maybe eventually even adding a super-performance "Grand National" and/or "GNX" version.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I fear it will get lost among Accord and Altima coupes. 2 doors in a traditional 3 box design never appealed to me anyways.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Except that the Calibra is a *lot* more attractive than those bread & butter Jap coupes. If it's Insignia OPC-based, it's competing with the A5 and G35. Should be interesting!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wouldn't "mulled" be a better choice than "mooted"?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Opel have already designed this car. They should bring the Opel GTC concept shown at Geneva in 2007 to market. It's a 2 door coupe that the Insignia is based on. It may be 3 years old but it is still a beautiful car.
      http://auto.moldova.org/news/spectacular-reveal-of-striking-opel-gtc-concept-34490-eng.html
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