For a company with a long tradition of grand touring convertibles, it's almost unseemly that General Motors doesn't offer a properly relaxed four-seat convertible in North America. There's the Chevrolet Camaro, of course, but it's not big on rear-seat space and it doesn't offer that sort of serene demeanor that many open-air buyers crave. We're thinking of something more refined and, dare we say, elegant. Something a bit closer to the Opel Cascada.

The General's front-wheel drive convertible went on sale in Europe this year, and while it seemed like a natural fit for its Buick brand in America, it's never been sold here. That may be about to change, however. Back in June, CEO Dan Akerson hinted he'd like to see the Cascada available in the US, and now there's word from Edmunds that importation "could happen soon." That's according to an unnamed insider at the company.

It's almost unseemly that GM doesn't offer a relaxed four-seat convertible.



So why wasn't the car developed with our market in mind initially? Edmunds says we can blame GM's plans to sell off Opel-Vauxhall while in the teeth of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring. Since the company planned to rid itself of the European division to begin with, it didn't see the benefit in spending the extra money to align the Cascada with our regulations. Of course, it later reversed that decision, so if it's to come to the US, some reengineering will be necessary.

The same goes for the Opel Adam shown below, a supermini that some – including Akerson – would like to see sold here. While we do expect the Cascada to grace US showrooms, it's unlikely the same fate awaits the Adam, as it would require even more extensive investment to federalize. Autoblog's own sources tell us that the chances of seeing the Adam come to America are all but nil.

One last curiosity: Edmunds reports that GM may once again import the Buick Regal from Europe. Back when it first launched the fifth-generation model in the States, it imported examples from its plant in Rüsselsheim, Germany. It did so until 2011, but then stopped as North American assembly came online in Oshawa, ON, which was less expensive. It isn't immediately clear why GM would consider restarting importation, especially as the Regal hasn't exactly been a hot seller.


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      Turbo_S60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes! This would do well as a Buick. Also how about a Regal Sportswagon?
      vegasstyleguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      My SAAB is getting long in the tooth and this would be a prefect replacement! As long as I can leave a Buick showroom for around 40k I would buy this without even driving it. I watched a video on it when you first wrote about it, it's perfect.
      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      bring the Astra VXR while u r at it
      Phontsolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Vauxhall Astra VXR or Vauxhall Astra OPC. We can dream can't we?
      normc32
      • 1 Year Ago
      A Verano Turbo and Encore AWD all love Trifecta's ecu tune. If this comes with a 2.0T I might be game...again.
      Stevelovescars
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think there would be a good market for this if it came in at a reasonable price. Rental fleets alone would likely snap up a good number... Camaro convertibles are ok but not conducive to families on vacation or people who don't want to put their luggage in the back seat... Or, frankly, people who like to be able to see anything around them while driving with the top up. I see a lot of Mercedes CLK and new E class convertibles on the road. I have an old 1994 E320 Cabrio myself. I love sports cars but I really like a comfortable roomy convertible with which I can drive with my family. GM hasn't really tried to compete in this class or with Minivans.. At least no good convertibles i can think of since the 1975 Eldorado. The Cavalier/sunfire was a horrible effort. The Camaro always just lacking on the practical side. The Chrysler Sebring may not have set enthusiasts hearts alight but they were practical daily drivers with tops that went down.
      Stinkyboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sweet!
      Ez-Car
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now this is good news! Very attractive vehicle. Swap the grills and I'm in line.
      Sergio Alvarado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry, but when I hear the name "Cascada" I think of that European techno-group who made "Everytime We Touch"
      mikemisa
      • 1 Year Ago
      You know I remember the good old days when buick was just buick. There were no convertibles, except the failed reatta, no suv's, no mini vans, just big cars even though they were re-badged chevys or cadillacs. But now buick has ugly cuv's that you can' even go 4wheeling, now this so called relaxedconvertible if it gets the ok and now there's a compact called verono I don't care for either. I really do hope that buick does go thru with bringing back the grand national they need it
        inthelv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikemisa
        What are you on about? Buick has a very long list of convertibles all the way up to the really cool Rivieras going back to Wildcats. WTH dude?
      Phontsolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Buick front end.... ruined.
      trzjax
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uhmmm... yes they do: it's called Chrysler 200.
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