Opel Cascada may soon arrive in the United States

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 20, 2013

The Opel Cascada convertible may soon be imported into the U.S., sources told Edmunds at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. General Motors is working to link Opel and Buick so that similar vehicles may be sold in many countries while wearing different badges. The Cascada is a four-passenger, front-wheel-drive drop top that will mesh well with Buick’s cars.

GM has been preparing the entry of the Cascada to the US market since June. Back then, GM CEO Dan Akerson said that he believes the Cascada and the Opel Adam would be a good fit for the U.S. Opel seeks to export the Cascada in order to boost its business, which is presently recovering but received quite a beating during the recession.

Based on the Opel Insignia/Buick Regal, the Cascada will most likely be available with some of the engines offered in the Regal. In addition, GM Opel sources suggest that Opel may once again be the supplier of Regal vehicles to the U.S. Opel had done so early in the model's life. Another model that would make an appealing import is Opel's Adam minicar.

However, the current version of the car "cannot be federalized" to meet U.S. safety and other regulatory requirements, GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky said during an interview with Automotive News. This means that either the existing car would have to undergo a major re-engineering or the replacement for the Adam will have to be developed to comply with the requirements.

The reason for the non-conformity of these models to US regulations is GM’s decision to back out of its plan to sell off its European operations during its Chapter 11 period. GM had started to develop these two models and didn’t design them to meet US regulations due to the expectation that Opel-Vauxhall will have new owners.

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