It seems like every couple of years or so, some rumor emerges speculating that Buick will be getting a convertible, and the Tri-Shield brand has even helped out the rumormill with various topless concepts. We wonder if Buick might finally be able to get its first convertible in more than 20 years following the introduction of the Vauxhall Cascada later this month.
Debuting at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Vauxhall gave us a sneak peek at its all-new Cascada convertible by showing a couple partial images of the car with its top up and down. The press release says that the Cascada (which GM Europe says is Spanish for waterfall) is a midsize convertible that can seat four passengers and is sized slightly above the Audi A5. With those kind of descriptors, we can't help but imagine how well Buick could possibly do against the Chrysler 200 Convertible. Regardless of whether this car would carry the Verano, Regal or some other name, we say bring it over.
Most of the styling cues of the Cascada are cropped out of these pictures, but what we do see is a stylish, Mercedes-like profile with the roof up, sharp body lines and a sporty rear end with the short decklid and integrated spoiler.
The Cascada will be on display in Paris, and it will go on sale early next year. If – and that is a hopeful yet purely speculative "if" – Buick does manage to add this car into its lineup, it would be the first for the brand since 1991.
Scroll down for Vauxhall's press release on the new Cascada.
LID LIFTED ON 'CASCADA': FIRST MID-SIZE VAUXHALL CONVERTIBLE SINCE 1930s
-First official teaser pics reveal classic lines and mid-size, four-seat body
-First Vauxhall-designed and built mid-sized convertible to be launched post-war
-Move from compact-sized cabrio class; body longer than Audi A5 Convertible
Luton – Vauxhall today revealed the name and first teaser shots of its first new mid-size convertible built and designed by the company for more than 70 years.
Called Cascada, the model is 4.7 metres in length – more than 70mm longer than Audi's A5 Convertible – with a full-size fabric roof, giving the car a classy and elegant profile, seen in the two official images. The roof can be opened or closed at the touch of a button, even when the car is moving at up to 30mph.
While Vauxhall has enjoyed considerable success in the past with open-topped models in the compact class, and has also commissioned open-topped versions of the Cavalier to be built by outside manufacturers, the Cascada is the first mid-size convertible that it's built and designed in-house since before the last war.
One of the last large, convertible-bodied cars Vauxhall built was the iconic OE-type 30-98, which could be specified with the company's own Velox body (see pic). The 30-98 was the UK's first catalogued 100mph car, and a serious competitor for Bentley's 3-litre models in its day.
Cascada, a Spanish word meaning waterfall, is the third new name to be introduced by Vauxhall this year, following Mokka and ADAM, and each model is set to be incremental to the company's current line-up.
Vauxhall's Chairman and Managing Director, Duncan Aldred, was enthusiastic about the lift each model offered the company: "Cascada, along with ADAM and Mokka, will bring a fresh and exciting dimension to our product line-up for customers. This year is genuinely a new chapter in Vauxhall's long history, and I'm pleased that we're able to enter the mid-size convertible sector with Cascada, and continue to refresh people's perception of our great brand."
While the Cascada won't be shown at this month's Paris Motor Show (where ADAM will take centre-stage) more information will follow soon, ahead of the car going on sale in early 2013.