Ever Seen A Buick Move Like This?

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

No? Never? Well, technically this isn’t a Buick, but an Opel Astra GTC OPC (at least according to Auto Motor und Sport). And given that Buick is holding off on bringing serious power to its Regal GS (at least until a coupe comes out of Germany), it’s fairly unlikely that they would bring a 290 HP, limited-slip, six-speed hot hatch to the Buick brand any time soon. Or is it? The line for “Mr Euro”-style self-delusion forms here…

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  • Mikey Mikey on May 06, 2011

    @Garbage.. FYI.... for now the Regal is being imported from German. Production has been started in Oshawa on the flex line. However, demand for Camaro convertibles has forced GM to keep the majority of Buick production in Germany...for now. You remember the Camaro eh? The same car that the domestic bashers/trolls figured would fizzle in six months.

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    • Doctor olds Doctor olds on May 06, 2011

      @GarbageMotorsCo. Camaro is an American brand, with a large share of American components, particularly the powertrain that accounts for around 25% of the value of a vehicle. Foreign brand vehicles, regardless of final production location, benefit their home countries where most of the white and gold collar engineering and management jobs are located and where company profits go. The opposite is true of the Detroit 3 carmakers. Buy what you want, but know the truth about which brands give more benefit to your own country.

  • Zackman Zackman on May 06, 2011

    How's globalization working for everyone? Me? I no longer care (well, 90% anyway) where a product is sourced from. Take the best platforms regardless of whose badge was originally on it, build the best bodies around it for whatever brand, tweak it for that brand, build it wherever makes sense, sell the daylights out of it and make a boatload of money. Do I accept it? Sure, might as well - the old days and ways are gone, so might as well get used to it. Besides, the Opel platforms seem to be pretty good.

  • Gessvt Gessvt on May 06, 2011

    Before this car hits the Buick lots, Buick should pull all of the dealer principals together for an in depth case study on Merkur: excellent products marred by poor marketing and an uneducated, indifferent dealer network.

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    • SVX pearlie SVX pearlie on May 06, 2011

      As I've written before, (all-German) Opel cost at (near-Chevy) Saturn price was doomed to fail. Opel cost and sophistication at Buick price has a chance to succeed (and actually seems to be doing OK). Since the Enclave, Buick doesn't seem to have missed a beat. Thank China for China!

  • Doctor olds Doctor olds on May 06, 2011

    CAFE keeps such peformance powertrains from GM's U.S. lineup, and it gets much tougher over the next few years.