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Opel Cascada may soon arrive in the United States

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.

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2013 Frankfurt Preview: Opel Cascada gets a 200 hp 1.6-liter SIDI turbo engine

Opel will unveil a powerful version of its 1.6 SIDI turbo engine generation inside an Opel Cascada at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), which is set from September 12 to 22, 2013. The engine is second of the newly designed Opel four-cylinder engines that features gasoline direct injection (SIDI = Spark Ignition Direct Injection), marking the acme Opel’s 1.6-liter class.

This new engine could provide up to 147 kW (200 hp) of output, and up to 300 Newton meters of torque, allowing the Cascada to reach a maximum speed of 235 km/h. The first 1.6 SIDI turbo has the capability to provide up to 125 kW (170 hp), and has been offered since Cascada was launch in the spring. Both the 1.6 SIDI turbo engines are released for unlimited usage of regular and super gasoline fuel.

The newer 1.6 SIDI turbo does not only provides 11 percent more power, but also returns up to 300 Nm of torque with overboost, which is 70 Nm more than the comparable 1.6-liter turbo predecessor. The newer 1.6 SIDI turbo’s 125 hp is also considered top of its class.

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GM CEO wants Opel Adam and Cascada with a Buick badge for the US

General Motors chief executive Dan Akerson bemoaned a decision made before its collapse in 2009 to develop the Opel Adam minicar and the Opel Cascada convertible only for the Chinese market but not for the United States. He is practically wishing for these models to come to the US. During an investor conference at GM's suburban Detroit proving grounds, Akerson said that the addition of the Opel Adam and Cascada would help Buick in the US and in China "in terms of demographics."

Opel rolled out the Adam hatchback to showrooms in Europe in January 2013, targeting it on fans and enthusiast of the Fiat 500 and Mini Cooper. The Opel Adam carries a tag of EUR11,500 ($15,350). The Opel Cascada, meanwhile, sits on the same platform that underpins the Buick Verano compact sedan. The two-door, four-seat convertible carries a price of EUR24,945 ($33,300).

GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky told Automotive News at the Geneva auto show in March 2013 that the Cascada convertible is an "expensive" halo car that "would have to be amalgamated for the US, which adds cost and complexity." GM executives continue to indicate a new nameplate for Buick's lineup in the US.

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Vauxhall Cascada will be out in April with starting price of £23,995 OTR

The Vauxhall Cascada, the carmaker’s new full-size convertible, will be rolled out to showrooms in April 2013 for a starting price of just £23,995 on-the-road -- around £8,000 less than its main competitor in the premium convertible sector, the Audi A5 Cabriolet. Vauxhall offers to match the A5 Cabriolet by making the Cascada more affordable while brandishing it with excellent levels of equipment, luxury and technology.

The Cascada is available in two trims. The entry level SE features 18" alloy wheels, a sports chassis, LED tail lamps and aux-in/USB, as standard.

The higher level Elite features leather trim, heated front seats and steering wheel and front fog lamps. The convertible is also available in several engine choices. A buyer could opt for the 1.4-litre (140PS) Turbo petrol engine paired with a manual gearbox that’s capable of returning 44.8mpg and emitting just 148grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer traveled.

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Opel/Vauxhall has released photos of its new midsize Cascada convertible. The two-door Cascada is set to be included in Opel’s European lineup as a replacement for the Astra TwinTop and is scheduled to be rolled out in early 2013. The soft-top may also be available in North America via the Buick brand.

According to Opel Chairman Thomas Sedran, the Cascada will complete the brand\'s product offensive that already includes the Mokka subcompact sports utility vehicle, Adam minicar and Ampera plug-in hybrid.

In a statement, Sedran remarked that the midsize cabriolet segment is currently filled with very high-priced vehicles from premium carmakers. He added that that through the Cascada, Opel is offering all the typical features and premium qualities of a midsize convertible at an affordable price.

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Opel/Vauxhall unveiled today the all new Cascada, the new all-season convertible that will be launched in early 2013. For those who don’t know, the Cascada is a midsize convertible measuring 4,697 mm in length and with a width of 1,840 mm excluding mirrors. Although it replaces the Astra TwinTop, the new Cascada comes with a retractable soft top and not with the modern hard top seen on the old Astra.

As a result, the Cascada gas a perfectly clean profile and comes with a subtle Opel blade on the lower body side mirrored in its upper part by a sharp crease that swings upward to the rear end, into the wraparound rear lights. The new soft top can be hidden in just 17 seconds and at driving speeds of up to 50 km/h.

The minimum load volume with the roof open is 280 liters, and up to 350 liters are available when the soft top is closed. The front end is not new as this is seen also on the Astra Hatchback, Sedan, GTC and Sports Tourer.

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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.

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The new convertible from Opel/Vauxhall won’t be the Astra cabriolet. What Vauxhall will be producing is a new Astra-based convertible that will be built as a separate, standalone model similar to the Eos from Volkswagen. The launch for the new mid-sized Vauxhall/Opel convertible will take place in 2012. It will be seen next summer and it will go on sale in the UK later in the year.

There are not many details known about Vauxhall's new 2012 convertible but a design sketch was issued several months ago to give us an idea. For instance, a traditional canvas roof will be used by the new standalone cabrio instead of the Astra CC's folding hard top.

It also seems like the mass market has let go of its fascination for technically interesting models that have a bland appearance, says Car. In fact, numerous European car makers are doing away with the heavy folding hard tops and are converting their coupe-convertible successors into trad convertibles.

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