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.
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LID LIFTED ON 'CASCADA': FIRST MID-SIZE VAUXHALL CONVERTIBLE SINCE 1930s
2012-09-05


-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.


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      Drachen
      • 2 Years Ago
      (scoffs) That's not a Buick convertible...... . THIS is a Buick convertible: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-hNba1C0qnIQ/TjDAUriQycI/AAAAAAAABF0/dXLQmosaCdk/s800/wildcat1.jpg
      Rust_eat_my_Mazda3
      • 2 Years Ago
      First for the brand since the 1985 Buick Riviera?? Four seats convertible, yes... But the two seats Reatta convertible was available in 1990-91.
      john9175
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Reatta came in convertible form and that was more recent than the Riviera?
        Don G
        • 2 Years Ago
        @john9175
        My Dad had a 1991 Reatta convertible.
      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK, I'm impressed. REALLY pretty roof line with the top up even.
      Bill
      • 2 Years Ago
      what about the Reatta convertible?
      Ross Bynum
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cascada is the name of a techno-pop band that's been around for quite a few years. They are based out of Germany and big all over Europe and were here too. Seems like there'd be some issues with that name.
        Charles Houghton
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ross Bynum
        Probably not since this isn't a competing product.
          GTP_Ingram
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Charles Houghton
          Charles, by 'issues' I think Ross is more likely referring to the fact that anyone who knows who Cascada are will laugh at a car with the same name. It is about as cringeworthy as calling the car 'One Direction.'
        AlexC714
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ross Bynum
        Ross and GTP are right. They're fairly well known throughout Europe and in gay circles in the US. They had a fairly big hit back in '06 ("Everytime We Touch"). Buick would get a fair bit of ridicule if they released it without changing the name.
      Camaroman101
      • 2 Years Ago
      buick doesnt need a convertible, it needs a hatchback. Astra
        Don G
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Camaroman101
        They tried that over at Saturn. Ask them how that worked out.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know convertible sales volumes are low and prices are sometimes high -- but if GM developed this car and hasn't at least considered it for the US (as a Chevrolet, Buick, or maybe even Cadillac), well that would just be bonkers. Of course, GM has done some not-so-intelligent things in the past...
      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      Skyhawk or Skylark. Either name would work. Now Buick just needs a spiritual successor to the Riviera.
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EJD1984
        Skylark YES, Skyhawk NO. Larks soars, hawks are vicious predators, the name should match the car's demeanor.
      Brian E Parker
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would love to see this on the US market as a Riviera or Skylark - tho I even like the Cascada name. If it's reasonably priced, I'd definitely be in the market for this.
      Erik Hans Dahlgren
      • 2 Years Ago
      They needed to come up with something to replace the loss of the SAAB Cabrio/Convertable.
      BC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Umm, wasn't the Reatta roadster around a few years after the Riv convertible departed? Like 1990-91?
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