Save For The Opel Badge, This Is Our New Buick Convertible

2015 Detroit Auto Show

It's about time a convertible returned to the Buick lineup.

It’s been a long time since the US had a Buick convertible. The semi-luxury brand once built some absolutely gorgeous convertibles, but that was way, way back when. Think around World War II. That was the Buick convertible's heyday. But Buick was given an extra shot at life by surviving GM’s bankruptcy and since then it’s been thriving. New and younger buyers have consistently been walking into showrooms and Buick executives are fully aware something is missing: a convertible.

That’ll change next week when Buick unveils its latest model, which will essentially be a rebadged version of the Opel Cascade. We already know that Buick recently trademarked the name "Velite," so that name is a strong possibility. But just because this will be a rebadged Opel doesn’t mean it’ll be a bad thing. The Cascade is totally worthy of a Buick badge. Power will likely come from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 200 hp. Obviously we’ll have complete details for you shortly but knowing Buick’s current pricing, its new convertible will likely carry a base price of nearly $30,000.

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