By on September 7, 2012

Opel may be in the crapper, but GM’s British arm, Vauxhall (which is intertwined with Opel) is happy to tout their new convertible, dubbed the Cascada.

The Cascada will debut at the Paris Motor Show in a couple weeks, and while the pictures don’t give much indication of the car’s size, the Cascada will apparently be sized in line with the Audi A5. Nothing has been announced regarding U.S. sales, but if this isn’t a great candidate for a Buick halo vehicle, then TTAC won’t post Japanese rope bondage pictures anymore. Besides, it’s been a long time coming for the next iteration of the Reatta.

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13 Comments on “Vauxhall Shows Half Of Its New Droptop...”

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    They’d never be genius/stupid enough to resurrect the Reatta name for this, but it does seem like an ideal Buick. Why should Chrysler, Volkswagen, etc. get all the near-luxury convertible love?

    Still, I’m not sure it’s really Riviera material either. I predict that if it becomes a Buick for US shores, they’ll either call it the Cascada or Cielo.

    • 0 avatar

      I’ve liked Buick Cielo as a name since they used it on that W-Body Regal concept in the ’90s. Could you imagine a W-Body Regal without the roof as a structural element? It’d probably just bend… Even the W-Body Cutlass Supreme convertible of the early ’90s needed that absurd roll hoop for structural integrity. In the early ’90s, when cowl shake was still a part of non-MX-5 convertible ownership.

      Besides, “Cascada” makes me want to Evacuate the Dancefloor.

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    el scotto

    It looks good in the teaser pic. Of course GM won’t bring it here; there’s a powerpoint presentation somewhere at GM headquarters showing how this will cut into some brands sales. Since it’s a GM product it will be savagely reviewed by the auto press and commentators.

  • avatar

    As Sajeev might say, DLO Fail.

  • avatar

    Call it a Reatta and give it a rag top, not one of those crazy 500-piece auto-open-close tops that will break every 15 miles. GM currently only has the Camaro pig and the Corvette as convertible options. Since they’d never make the Code 130R as a small turbo-4 sport coupe, this is as close as it’s going to get.

  • avatar

    Looks like a newer Sebring conv from those pics.

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    The text is somewhat misleading in what concerns Opel / Vauxhall. Vauxhall is simply the badge that Opel vehicles wear in the UK. There will no be any Vauxhall at the Paris show, but rather the premiere of the Opel Cascada…

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    Polar Bear

    I guess Brits for marketing and sentimental reasons would like to think Vauxhall still exists. But does Vauxhall have any of the things a car manufacturer needs, such as a design centre, factories, engineers, assembly workers and its own car models? Or is it merely the UK distribution channel for Opel and GM?

    • 0 avatar

      Vauxhall could become key if GM simply demerged Vauxhall and Opels R and D unit then threw Opel away. After all Vauxhall and Opels R and D are worth keeping.

    • 0 avatar

      It’s notable though that Vauxhall is a much healthier brand than Opel.

    • 0 avatar

      Vauxhall has two factories: Ellesmere Port, which builds the Vauxhall Astra and RHD Opel Astra; and Luton, which builds the Vauxhall Vivaro/Opel Vivaro/Renault Trafic/Nissan Primaster vans. The Trafic/Primastar and high-roof Vivaros will transfer to a Renault plant in France in the near future, while the rest of the Vivaro range will continue to be built at Luton. Luton is technically owned by GM Holdings UK, which, in turn, is owned by Opel, but, for all practical purposes, management of the plant is grouped with Vauxhall.

      Ellesmere Port was also supposed to build the Vauxhall/Opel Ampera in the near future, but GM seems to be dragging their feet on that one. Until recently, the plant also had a stand-by production capability for the Vectra, but that ability was rarely used and the line was never retooled for the Insignia.

      That’s a couple production facilities. Other than the actual plants, the name, and the logo, no, there’s nothing to separate Vauxhall from Opel. They don’t do any of their own R&D, and every one of their cars is just a rebadged Opel, right down to the model name. Even their UK plants still have identical Opels going down the lines right alongside Vauxhalls, and its the same case at Opel’s continental plants where the rest of Vauxhall’s range is sourced.

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