Buick Avista, Cadillac Sub-ATS and Opel GT - Let's All-pha Speculate

buick avista cadillac sub ats and opel gt let s all pha speculate

Last week, Opel teased its upcoming GT Concept by saying: “You will see Opel with a fresh pair of eyes.”

That’s just lovely.

But let’s take a step back, look at General Motors’ Alpha platform with a fresh pair of eyes and wonder aloud together: Is it all Alpha from here on out?

First, here’s what we know: According to Road and Track, General Motors is considering a sub-ATS sedan, presumably built on the Alpha platform because that’s the only one that ticks both “small sedan” and “rear-wheel drive” requirements.

Second, we know that Buick’s Avista concept, which was unveiled in Detroit, is Alpha-based, but is packing a 3-liter turbocharged six slated for LaCrosse detail in 2017.

So it’s possible that the new Opel GT could be an Opel-badged Avista ready for Europe, or a smaller, sub ATS-sized coupe like the traditional GTs.

GM spokesman Klause-Peter Martin wouldn’t comment on what Alpha-based cars could be coming, how big (or small) the platform could go, or whether Opel would be using the platform for its GT.

“(GM’s) other architectures have flexibility built into the platforms,” he said.

It’s clear that Chevrolet’s Camaro (which is Alpha-based) will be the biggest seller for the Alpha platform to date. Sales for the Alpha-based Cadillac ATS and CTS have largely stalled, which means General Motors is going to have to pump out more cars to make the platform profitable.

An obvious statement would be: “GM has more to come from Alpha.”

But it’s all the more true when you consider what the automaker is eager to show off now.

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  • Calmaro Calmaro on Jan 20, 2016

    Chevrolet Code 130R concept from 2012 NAIAS was smaller, same idea, different platform???

  • Jmiller417 Jmiller417 on Jan 20, 2016

    I'm all for this. Alpha is a great platform. I'm guessing a smaller Caddy will have to be a wagon/hatchback for the backseat to work. I do think talk about the ATS's small backseat is slightly overblown given the class it plays in.

  • Snickel Fritz I just bought a '97 JX 4WD 4AT, and though it's not quite roadworthy yet I am already in awe of it's simplicity and apparent ruggedness. What I am equally in awe of, is the scarcity of not only parts but correct information regarding anything on this platform. I'm going to do my best to get this little donkey back on it's feet, but I wouldn't suggest this as a project vehicle for anyone who doesn't already have several... and a big impressive shop with a full suite of fabrication/machining/welding equipment, and friends with complimentary skillsets, and extra money, and... you get the idea. If you don't, I urge you to read up on the options for replacing anything on these rigs. I didn't read enough before buying, and I have zero of the above suggested prerequisites... so I'm an idiot, don't listen to me. Go buy all of 'em!
  • Bryan Raab Davis I actually did use the P of D trope, but it was only gentle chiding, for I love old British cars of every sort.
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  • FreedMike Maybe this explains all the “Idiots wrecking exotic cars” YouTube videos.
  • FreedMike Good article! And I salute the author for not using the classic “Lucas - prince of darkness” trope, well earned as it may be. We all know the rap on BL cars, but on the flip side, they’re apparently pretty easy to work on (at least that’s the impression I’ve picked up). On the other hand, check the panel fits on the driver’s and passenger’s doors. Clearly, BL wasn’t much concerned with things like structural integrity when it chopped the roof off a car designed as a coupe.