There aren't a lot of products that General Motors offers overseas that we don't get back in America in one form or another, but the Opel Adam stands as a notable exception. GM's assault on the fashionable city car market, the Adam isn't likely to find its way to US showrooms... even if it does pick up a Buick badge on its way to China. But as if its elusive status didn't make us long for it already, Opel and its British counterpart Vauxhall just revealed two new versions in Geneva that make us want it even more.

First up we have the Adam Rocks, a variant of the stylish little hatchback that not only blows the roof off, but also gives it a beefier, off-road attitude. Up top it's got a similar opening roof panel to what you'd find on rivals like the Fiat 500C or Citroën DS3 Cabrio, but down below it's got more muscular body cladding, skid plates and 17- or 18-inch wheels fitted to a suspension that rides half an inch higher.

Taking a different approach to the same vehicle is the Adam S, which bolts a turbocharger onto the car's otherwise naturally aspirated 1.4-liter four to crank out 148 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque that puts it right in between the Fiat 500 Turbo and Abarth (which are sold as two stages of Abarth overseas) in terms of output. It's also got massive 16-inch brakes stuffed into 18-inch wheels, an upgraded aero kit and other sportier touches.

Both make the Opel Adam that much of a more tempting proposition, even if GM couldn't make the business case to bring it Stateside. But if it did, which would you choose?

Which version of the Opel Adam would you buy if you could?
I'm digging the Adam Rocks, with its off-road looks and open roof. 667 (16.1%)
Give me the pocket rocket that is the Adam S. 2363 (57.1%)
Let the Europeans keep their fancy little hatchbacks. 1105 (26.7%)
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ADAM ROCKS & Co: Opel with Three World Premieres in Geneva
Opel at the 84th International Motor Show in Geneva

2014-03-04

- Stylish, robust, cool: Mini crossover ADAM ROCKS with Swing Top canvas roof
- Three-cylinder power: New Opel 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo gasoline engine
- Pocket Rocket: 110 kW/150 hp ADAM S
- Uncompromisingly sporty: Astra OPC EXTREME from Nürburgring to the road
- Pioneer in automotive connectivity: Opel announces introduction of OnStar in 2015

Geneva/Rüsselsheim. Stylish, sporty, spectacular: Opel presents three hot new models at this year's Geneva Motor Show. Making their public debut are the cool and charismatic ADAM ROCKS, the racy ADAM S and the super sporty Astra OPC EXTREME. Opel also announces the next level of vehicle connectivity in Geneva: the introduction of OnStar in 2015 will make driving in Europe safer and more comfortable.

ADAM ROCKS and the ADAM S as predecessor of the series production version enrich the ADAM family and make it even more attractive. ROCKS also showcases another debut in Geneva: the 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo engine. ADAM is the first car to feature the small powerhouse, which will gradually become available in other models. Opel's major powertrain offensive is also making strides on the diesel front: visitors to the Opel booth in Geneva can for the first time take a close look at the Astra with the 81 kW/110 hp version of the new generation 1.6 CDTI Turbo diesel. The exceptionally economical and clean whisper diesel is now available in the Opel high-volume model range. But the Astra is not only very quiet, it can also be extremely loud, as evidenced by the OPC EXTREME Concept. The super sporty car is the fastest Astra ever and will soon make its way from the race track to the road – visitors to the Geneva show can enjoy the preview of this performance car.

Mini crossover with maximum charisma: Opel ADAM ROCKS

Cool and tough, chunky and funky: ADAM ROCKS combines the joy of driving under an open sky with all the fun of an adventure-loving mini-crossover. Making its world debut in Geneva, ADAM ROCKS is the next addition to the ADAM family. The newest model in Opel's urban lifestyle family is a 3.74-meter short car with huge zest for life – inside and outside the city. Featuring an electrically operated, retracting, Swing Top canvas roof as standard, signature body cladding all-round and a 15 mm raised ride height, ADAM ROCKS opens a new market niche; it is the first three-door urban pocket-crossover under 4.00 meters in length. ADAM ROCKS will hit the market as soon as this summer.

ROCKS not only introduces new looks and muscles, but also new generation powertrain technologies into the ADAM. It will accommodate Opel's all-new 1.0-liter ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo three-cylinder engine. This high-tech pocket powerhouse that already complies with tough Euro 6 emission standards raises the bar for three-cylinder engine refinement with outstandingly low noise and vibrations and superb comfort. Two versions are available, with 66 kW/90 hp and 85kW/115 hp, both delivering impressive low-end torque of 166 Nm. Fuel consumption is as low as 4.3 l/100 km (according to NEDC test procedure; preliminary data). The new generation transmission is a highly efficient, compact six-speed manual gearbox, which features superbly smooth, precise and fast shift operation.

Trendy and seductively sporty: Opel ADAM S

But the ROCKS is not the end of ADAM diversity by a long shot. The close-to-production ADAM S version showcases the hot new performance model that will top Opel's super-cool small car family. Featuring a 110 kW/150 hp, 1.4-liter Turbo ECOTEC engine, sports-tuned suspension, OPC braking system and distinctive 'Red 'n Roll' styling, ADAM S impeccably blends punch and power with zestful, sharp-edged responses. The turbo engine propels the racy lifestyle ADAM S to a top speed of 220 km/h. With its sharp Red 'n Roll styling inside and out, the ADAM S makes no secret of its unique character. The cabin features Recaro Performance seats in front, and occupants in the ADAM family's top sporty model can enjoy optimum connectivity: Opel's award-winning, sophisticated IntelliLink system is of course available as an option to have on board.

Performance without compromises: Opel Astra OPC EXTREME

Opel's next Geneva premiere is also an attention-getter: the Astra OPC EXTREME. Developed on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the most challenging race track in the world, it is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine with over 300 hp and equipped with all the key high-tech components from its racing peer. The Astra OPC EXTREME was developed directly from the OPC Cup version and brings pure racing technology to the road. The super sporty car is 100 kilograms lighter than a conventional Astra OPC thanks to its high-quality, carbon fiber components. With its technology and design, the OPC EXTREME stands for uncompromising performance and the pure joy of driving. If public reaction is as positive as expected, Opel plans a low-volume production run for the super sporty, street-legal EXTREME.

Very economical: Opel Astra 1.6 CDTI with 81 kW/110 hp and 100 kW/136 hp

But Opel is much more than extremely sporty, it is also very economical: this is shown by the new 1.6 CDTI whisper diesel. After debuting in the Zafira Tourer, the all-new turbo diesel now also ensures powerful and clean drive in the heart of the Opel model portfolio. The 1.6 CDTI with 100 kW/136 hp and 320 Nm maximum torque is now also available in the high-volume Astra hatchback, Astra notchback and Astra Sports Tourer models. It boasts superb performance and minimum noise generation while consuming just 3.9 liters diesel per 100 km in the combined cycle (according to NEDC test procedure). The 81 kW/110 hp version of the whisper turbo diesel debuting in Geneva is even cleaner and more economical. The top fuel-saving engine needs just 3.7 liters diesel for 100 km and with CO2 emissions of 97 g/km, undercuts the 100 gram mark.

Best connectivity today and tomorrow: Opel to introduce OnStar in 2015

Opel takes another major step forward on the road to connecting cars with their digital environment. At the Geneva Motor Show, Opel announces the introduction of OnStar, its satellite-based system that connects drivers and their vehicles to rescue coordination centers and many other contacts. OnStar also offers 4G-LTE high-speed internet access and connectivity possibilities for up to seven devices such as smartphones and tablets. With the launch of OnStar in Europe next year, the automaker underlines its pioneering role as the brand for mobile connectivity. The core feature is the multi-award-winning, state-of-the-art IntelliLink infotainment system which enables drivers of Opel models such as ADAM, Insignia, Cascada, Meriva and Zafira Tourer to bring a wide range of smartphone content into their car.


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      PTC DAWG
      • 9 Months Ago
      Kind of sad to me that 25% or so think we don't need nice little hatchbacks.
      N.O.
      • 9 Months Ago
      The problem is that American cosumers think that small size=small price. That's why we can't have the Euro cars over here. We simply are not prepared to pay for them what Europeans pay. And this is the reason why VW sells here dumped down versions of its Euro models with poorer fit and finish, cheaper suspensions, narrow choice of drivetrains and fewer features as standard.
      Steve
      • 9 Months Ago
      Import the car as a Buick and not a Chevy. Move it upmarket and it will definitely sell. Look at the Encore. It is selling very well.
      JJO311
      • 9 Months Ago
      16 inch brakes, I don't think so. Doesn't the Audi RS-6 have like 14.4 inch front rotors with massive 8 piston calipers?
      mycommentemail
      • 9 Months Ago
      Is this 1.4 turbo the same as in the north American sonic and cruze (just tuned) or is it a completely different engine?
      emjayay
      • 9 Months Ago
      Jan Calloway: There is nothing "sad" about it. It's business. GM doesn't think they would make money with the Adam here at this point or they would sell it here. They already sell most other Opel models as Buicks in the US, and the Opel Ampera is a Chevy Volt with a different front end. There might be some potential selling the Opel Mervia as a Buick here, but the compact minivan market isn't that hot in the US. You can be sure that GM has considered selling all Opels here that make sense economically.
        Michael D. Mitchell
        • 9 Months Ago
        @emjayay
        The only reason that comes to mind as to why GM isn't bringing this car to the U.S. isn't about whether or not it will sell; the Encore is proof that there are customers looking for premium A-segment vehicles. The Adam was produced largely for the European market and THEIR safety regulations and GM just recently announced the car would be sold in China; it might prove too costly to get the Adam to meet or exceed U.S. safety regulations in its current generation. The Encore was designed and engineered from the outset to be sold globally; that's why we have it here in the U.S., but if the Adam was designed the same way, it very well could have been sold here alongside it.
          Michael D. Mitchell
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Michael D. Mitchell
          You are correct... my apologies :) That being said... AB seriously needs to include an "Edit" button...
          aatbloke1967
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Michael D. Mitchell
          The Mokka/Encore is a B-segment product, not A-segment.
      Hazdaz
      • 9 Months Ago
      It really would be a shame if we don't get this car here as a Buick in the US. Sell it as a more upscale small car.... not unlike how the Buick Encore is a more upscale small crossover.
      Shiftright
      • 9 Months Ago
      I can't look at this and not see a Fiat 500. The profile and greenhouse seem like direct copies.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 9 Months Ago
      I really hope we don't get this over here. The last thing I want is more Euro-phile hipster douchebags driving these around and pretending they're better than us. The European can keep their overpriced dinky little hatchbacks, we Americans are doing just fine with the cars which are popular here, and these cars, like larger sedans, SUVs, minivans, and conversion vans, are popular here for a reason.
        aatbloke1967
        • 9 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Please everyone, do not respond to "FueltotheFire". This poster is only here to make inflammatory and blatantly stupid comments to bait people. Ignore the poster and it will upset him more.
        mycommentemail
        • 9 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Wow. Your sense of self worth is really fragile there. It shouldn't be. No matter what someone else chooses to do (or buy) you are still the same person. Hope you can get over this fear and get on with enjoying your life.
      Dub
      • 9 Months Ago
      GM KILL THE SPARK AND SONIC AND GET THE ADAM FOR NORTH AMERICA
        mycommentemail
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Dub
        Why kill those two? The sonic is a completely different class of car. The spark is selling quite well and is a four door. Bring this over as an upscale hot hatch (call it, I dunno, the opel Adam making it it's own brand just like mini) and sell it at Buick dealers. But don't kill two completely different and successful models for no reason.
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 9 Months Ago
      good car, but only in terms of european / japanese point of view. can t imagine americans driving chevrolet adams in roads where ford f150 is considered "standard sized" vehicles.
      emjayay
      • 9 Months Ago
      N.O. is wrong. The small and expensive Mini Cooper line is sold in the US, as is the Fiat 500. And VW Golfs, Jettas, Tiguans, Touregs and Eos are almost identical in the US and Europe. The Passat in the intermediate size class is now different in the US, larger and somewhat cheapened compared to the European version, although the intermediate CC which is almost identical to the European model is also available. Although a lot of GM cars share platforms, Buick in the US sells a lot of models that are re-badged and with a Buick style grille and slightly modified Opels. The Adam would fit in, but Buick Adam (Buickadam?) is maybe not that great a name. Any suggestions?
        timber
        • 9 Months Ago
        @emjayay
        Considering that the Adam is named after Adam Opel they could call it the Buick David... Probably bad idea...
        N.O.
        • 9 Months Ago
        @emjayay
        Νο emjayay you are wrong! The Mini Cooper has tiny sales in the US compared with Europe and so does the fIAT 500. The VW jetta does not even exist in Europe. US Golfs are dumped down compared with the European and so are the SUV's Tiguans and Toureg. The OPEL Insignia derived Buick Regal has minuscule sales in the US compared with its brother in Europe and its Chinese version in China! The Adam would fight for a tiny niece with the FIAT 500 and the Mini Cooper. So hardly worth the effort of federalizing it.
          timber
          • 9 Months Ago
          @N.O.
          The Jetta does exists in Europe (just like the saloon Astra) but it doesn't sell very well.
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