Buick To Receive Version Of Opel Astra GTC

The relationship between Opel and Buick continues to grow. GM's European brand recently unveiled their new Astra GTC hatchback and it's being reported that it'll arrive stateside as a Buick. Having already rebadged the Opel Insignia as a Buick Regal, Buick is looking to further capitalize on this relationship, as the new Regal is proving to be a major factor in the brand's renewed popularity. Although the Astra was briefly sold as the Saturn Astra, it was not at all successful.

This time, however, the new car is larger and based on an all-new platform. It also has a higher quality interior and improved build quality. No name has been decided yet, but the new Buick will likely receive two engine choices: a 177 hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder and an optional 220 hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Along with the hatchback, a convertible version is being planned that would be intended to compete against the Volkswagen Eos. A debut date has not been given, but a mid-2012 debut sounds about right. Photos displayed are of the 2010 Opel Astra

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