Convertible

Buick to Launch Rebadged Opel Cascada by 2016

Will be named the Cascada rather than reviving the late Riviera nameplate.

As Opel prepares to launch its 2016 Cascada convertible, it now seems more likely than ever that the car will become a global product by early 2016, rebadged as a Buick in certain markets outside Europe. According to reports on GM Authority, Buick has decided to forgo its previous plans to designate the car as a revival of the Riviera nameplate, and it will be marketed as the Buick Cascada where relevant. It remains to be seen whether this will include the US market.

In any case, the soft-top front-wheel drive Cascada would be a lone player in the US market, with scarce competition in its class. Powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic, it could offer an efficient, unassuming convertible option for buyers interested in top-down, no-frill driving.

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