Opel/Vauxhall revealed today the first teaser photos with their new mid-size convertible. Dubbed Cascada, the new vehicle will NOT make its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month as the brand new Adam city car will take centre-stage. According to the official press release, the new Opel Cascada is 4.7 metres in length (more than 70mm longer than Audi’s A5 Convertible) and has a full-size fabric roof.
The roof can be opened or closed even when the car is moving at up to 30 mph or 48 km/h. Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director, Duncan Aldred, was enthusiastic about the lift each model offered the company: “Cascada, along with ADAM and Mokka, will bring a fresh and exciting dimension to our product line-up for customers. This year is genuinely a new chapter in Vauxhall’s long history, and I’m pleased that we’re able to enter the mid-size convertible sector with Cascada, and continue to refresh people’s perception of our great brand.”
The new Opel Cascada marks the brand’s re-entry into the mid-size convertible segment, where its latest engagement occurred four decades ago. The new Opel Cascada largely differs from Opel’s previous large convertible simply because it wasn’t an adaptation or a re-creation of existing models. Opel’s previous large cabrios were re-created from existing models that aren’t built directly by the carmaker. In particular, Opel’s previous large convertibles were built by specialist coachbuilders -- like Karl Deutsch or Autenrieth – and were sold only as limited edition models.
One of these is the 1953 Opel Kapitan Cabriolet, a 4.70-meter cabriolet converted by Autenrieth. Karl Deutsch also had the opportunity to build a convertible for Opel, the 1964 Opel Rekord A Cabrio. However, these converted models were way more expensive than their original versions. Usually, clients had to shell out an extra amount equivalent to two-thirds of the base price of their sedan just to have them converted.
However, the new Opel Cascada isn’t a vehicle transformed from an existing unit – it was planned and engineered as an entirely stand-alone model. Likewise, it isn’t as pricey as the converted models of old times. Its price is as attractive as its looks, but is also as practical as customers need it to be. Moreover, the new Opel Cascada offers a performance level that syncs with active lifestyle of its customers, while not sacrificing passenger comfort.