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A few months before the Buick Cascada hits dealers, the brand has announced pricing for their upcoming convertible.

 

The base Cascada will come with a pricetag of $33,990 (includes destination) and feature a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque (221 pound-feet with overboost), and comes with a six-speed automatic only. Standard equipment includes twenty-inch wheels, rear park assist, backup camera, seven-inch touchscreen with Buick IntelliLink, a seven-speaker sound system, remote start, and heated leather seats and steering wheel.

 

A Cascada Premium comes in at $36,990 and adds forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rain sensing wipers, and air deflectors.

 

“Cascada expands Buick’s lineup with a uniquely fun and personal driving experience. With a lower price than key competitors, it also promises to shake up the segment – and look good doing it,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick.

 

Source: Buick

 

Press Release is on Page 2


 

Buick Cascada Priced at $33,990

  • Well-equipped convertible offers high levels of standard content, technology


DETROIT – The top-down driving experience of the 2016 Cascada – Buick’s first convertible offered in the United States in 25 years – is priced at $33,990.

 


When it goes on sale early next year, the Cascada will offer more standard content, a more powerful standard engine and a lower starting price than the Audi A3 Cabriolet.

 

“Cascada expands Buick’s lineup with a uniquely fun and personal driving experience,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “With a lower price than key competitors, it also promises to shake up the segment – and look good doing it.”

 

The 2016 Cascada – designed from the ground up as a convertible – comes well-equipped in a 2+2 configuration, with room for four adults. Performance is rooted in a 200-horsepower (149 kW) turbo engine, backed by a six-speed automatic transmission, with Buick’s sophisticated HiPer Strut front suspension and a Watts Z-link rear suspension standard.

 

Additional standard features:

  • Acoustically and thermally insulated electro-hydraulic power roof that lowers in only 17 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph
  • High-intensity discharge, articulating headlamps and front LED daytime running lamps; and LED taillamps
  • Automated, spring-loaded and pyrotechnically activated rollover bars behind the rear seat that are linked to the air bag system
  • IntelliLink system with 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen
  • Navigation radio and seven-speaker premium audio system
  • Rear Vision camera
  • Remote start
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Front and rear 12-volt power outlets
  • Heat-reflective leather-appointed seating
  • Heated front seats with eight-way power adjustments
  • Heated, leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel
  • Twenty-inch aluminum wheels with bi-color finish
  • Electric power steering
  • Rear Park Assist


A Cascada Premium model, priced at $36,990, adds:

  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Automatic headlamp control with tunnel detection
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Rainsense automatic windshield wipers
  • Twenty-inch wheels with “diamond graphic” bi-color finish
  • Front and rear air deflectors.


The Cascada also offers plenty of storage space, including 13.4 cubic feet of cargo room with the top up and 9.8 cubic feet with the top down, as well as a 22.4-inch x 12.6-inch (320 mm x 570 mm) pass-through from the trunk to the passenger compartment. When the 50/50-split rear seat is folded, longer items such as skis and wakeboards can be stowed inside.


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A nice little runabout. Would be nice to have more than six speeds for mid-30 grand. But hunting bimmers ain't what this thing's all about.

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Not sure standard 20 inch wheels is a good idea, 20's usually aren't the best for ride quality, especially on a smaller car, plus I bet the tires are expensive to replace.

 

They priced it higher than the Eos and that doesn't sell.  I think the Cascada looks better, but I probably would have priced it $2,000 lower than they did to line up with VW.  And some how I am guessing a Camaro convertible on a Cadillac Chassis with 335 hp will cost less than this Buick on a Chevy Cruze or Spark platform costs.  So could be a tough sell for Buick.

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This is for women in their 40's and 50's that just want that drop top feel.

This is going to be a low volume car and just help fill the dealer showrooms till the rest of the new products are out. The first all new Buick is going to be the Lacrosse. I agree this is not a new car nor is it on a new platform.

 

Also it is not there to challenge a BMW. and all tires are expensive the 20" are no different but you can shop around and still find them reasonable compared to the other sizes. These will not be major performance tires so that will control the cost. Ride will be fine as it was designed for them and also is not a sports cars. Just have to use a little common sense when looking at this car.

I expect it will see 3 years and be replaced with a new car on a new platform.

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Not sure standard 20 inch wheels is a good idea, 20's usually aren't the best for ride quality, especially on a smaller car, plus I bet the tires are expensive to replace.

 

They priced it higher than the Eos and that doesn't sell.  I think the Cascada looks better, but I probably would have priced it $2,000 lower than they did to line up with VW.  And some how I am guessing a Camaro convertible on a Cadillac Chassis with 335 hp will cost less than this Buick on a Chevy Cruze or Spark platform costs.  So could be a tough sell for Buick.

 

 

 

Actually its not priced higher than the defunct Eos. In fact, and I don't think anyone bothered to check, the PONTIAC G6 Convertible waaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 2007-2009 was coming in at GT 2dr Convertible  $29,150/$32,300

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That's a sharp little car. Not for me, but still sharp looking. 200hp/206tq sounds like it could be a little bit of fun for a smaller vehicle.

 

What size vehicle is this..? I assumed it was smaller but there really isn't anything on size. Is it more like a conv. Verano, sized?

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Not sure standard 20 inch wheels is a good idea, 20's usually aren't the best for ride quality, especially on a smaller car, plus I bet the tires are expensive to replace.

 

They priced it higher than the Eos and that doesn't sell.  I think the Cascada looks better, but I probably would have priced it $2,000 lower than they did to line up with VW.  And some how I am guessing a Camaro convertible on a Cadillac Chassis with 335 hp will cost less than this Buick on a Chevy Cruze or Spark platform costs.  So could be a tough sell for Buick.

 

 

 

Actually its not priced higher than the defunct Eos. In fact, and I don't think anyone bothered to check, the PONTIAC G6 Convertible waaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 2007-2009 was coming in at GT 2dr Convertible  $29,150/$32,300.

 

I just went to VW's website and the EOS starts at $31,995. I won't get into standard equipment but it does indeed start at $31,995.

Not sure standard 20 inch wheels is a good idea, 20's usually aren't the best for ride quality, especially on a smaller car, plus I bet the tires are expensive to replace.

 

They priced it higher than the Eos and that doesn't sell.  I think the Cascada looks better, but I probably would have priced it $2,000 lower than they did to line up with VW.  And some how I am guessing a Camaro convertible on a Cadillac Chassis with 335 hp will cost less than this Buick on a Chevy Cruze or Spark platform costs.  So could be a tough sell for Buick.

I agree with the 20's thing.. People don't know what they are getting themselves into with rims that large. A cheap, junk tire will still run north of $200 on 20's. Or I should say, something I wouldn't put on my own vehicle or significant other's vehicle.

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I just went to VW's website and the EOS starts at $31,995. I won't get into standard equipment but it does indeed start at $31,995.

 

 

 

First Go back and read the part where the $31,995 is before destination of $865 pushing the price to $32,860. No Back-Up Camera, 17 inch wheels, a 5 Inch Nav unit that looks like some one plastered a 3 year old's Leap Frog on the dash.. Come on. 

 

I then love the part if U click on the Asterisk

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I just went to VW's website and the EOS starts at $31,995. I won't get into standard equipment but it does indeed start at $31,995.

 

 

 

First Go back and read the part where the $31,995 is before destination of $865 pushing the price to $32,860. No Back-Up Camera, 17 inch wheels, a 5 Inch Nav unit that looks like some one plastered a 3 year old's Leap Frog on the dash.. Come on. 

 

I then love the part if U click on the Asterisk

 

That isn't exactly how pricing works.. You can't just say it starts at a different price..when you add matching options to it.

 

I understand there are varying options on their starting prices but that just gives the customer more options. Yes, most will probably put the options on like the new Buick(which is probabl why it is priced the way it is) but that doesn't mean that the EOS doesn't start at $32,860(with destination) compared to $33,990.

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I just went to VW's website and the EOS starts at $31,995. I won't get into standard equipment but it does indeed start at $31,995.

 

 

 

First Go back and read the part where the $31,995 is before destination of $865 pushing the price to $32,860. No Back-Up Camera, 17 inch wheels, a 5 Inch Nav unit that looks like some one plastered a 3 year old's Leap Frog on the dash.. Come on. 

 

I then love the part if U click on the Asterisk

 

That isn't exactly how pricing works.. You can't just say it starts at a different price..when you add matching options to it.

 

I understand there are varying options on their starting prices but that just gives the customer more options. Yes, most will probably put the options on like the new Buick(which is probabl why it is priced the way it is) but that doesn't mean that the EOS doesn't start at $32,860(with destination) compared to $33,990.

 

 

 

 

Dude the only thing U are correct on is that the POS VW comes in under the Buick in BASE form only.. on their website.. which every other place I check, including True Car comes up with these numbers:

 

MSRP: From $36,145

MPG: 22 city / 30 highway

Horsepower: 200 HP

Engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder

Configurations

Komfort Edition

$36,145

Final Edition

$39,545

Executive Edition

$42,745

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I won't dispute any of that, at all. I was literally just talking base price.. Either way, I'd still buy the Buick over the V-Dub hands down. Both are chick cars..and both are about 5k more than I think they should be. I could not imagine spending 43k on a small convertible. But this is coming from somebody who doesn't like convertibles much...at all...

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Sharp little car...very European in flavour.

 

Why is it that Im thinking that this car is 20 years too late?

 

Why is it that Im thinking that this car would have made an excellent Saturn...or even a nice early 2000s Oldsmobile but why is it that dont I like it has a 2016  Buick?

 

When I heard news of this last year, I was happy for Buick, but fast forward a year later with viewing it with Buick clothes on instead of Opel clothes, and Im in the least bit interested and kinda disappointed in it...

 

Maybe the Avenir is giving me thoughts of grandeur for Buick and maybe I need to settle down my expectations of Buick...

 

Or maybe...Buick should start getting with the program a little bit faster with products that make us salivate...this wont make anybody salivate...even the aforementioned ladies between the ages of 40-50. Because even those ladies...they probably salivate thinking about driving around in Bimmers...

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The Eos is a weak seller, and it seems like for a couple years they have been saying they were dropping it altogether.  That is why I think mid $30s for a compact Buick convertible is a hard sell and it won't find a lot of buyers.  Luckily for Buick there are very few convertibles on the market.

 

The 20" wheels look low profile too.  I have 18" low profile tires on my car, and Hankooks on tire rack were still around $200 per tire. I have seen some 20" tires at $300 each.  This isn't an enthusiast car, I don't know if the Buick buyer wants to spend $1,200 for new tires.

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This is for women in their 40's and 50's that just want that drop top feel.

This is going to be a low volume car and just help fill the dealer showrooms till the rest of the new products are out. The first all new Buick is going to be the Lacrosse. I agree this is not a new car nor is it on a new platform.

 

Also it is not there to challenge a BMW. and all tires are expensive the 20" are no different but you can shop around and still find them reasonable compared to the other sizes. These will not be major performance tires so that will control the cost. Ride will be fine as it was designed for them and also is not a sports cars. Just have to use a little common sense when looking at this car.

I expect it will see 3 years and be replaced with a new car on a new platform.

seems a bit expensive to me.

 

I think at that price 250/250 power would be nice.

 

If Buick just wants to 'round out the showroom' then why haven't we gotten the Astra coupe plus OPX, the Adam, and the Astra hatch and wagon?

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This is for women in their 40's and 50's that just want that drop top feel.

This is going to be a low volume car and just help fill the dealer showrooms till the rest of the new products are out. The first all new Buick is going to be the Lacrosse. I agree this is not a new car nor is it on a new platform.

 

Also it is not there to challenge a BMW. and all tires are expensive the 20" are no different but you can shop around and still find them reasonable compared to the other sizes. These will not be major performance tires so that will control the cost. Ride will be fine as it was designed for them and also is not a sports cars. Just have to use a little common sense when looking at this car.

I expect it will see 3 years and be replaced with a new car on a new platform.

seems a bit expensive to me.

 

I think at that price 250/250 power would be nice.

 

If Buick just wants to 'round out the showroom' then why haven't we gotten the Astra coupe plus OPX, the Adam, and the Astra hatch and wagon?

Simple for several reasons.

One GM's Major investments were going into Chevy first and then Cadillac. Not to mention other global projects. No not even GM can do it all at once.

Second most of the Opel's were on older platforms and bringing in all these other cars just were not needed at this time. Buick is making money with the SUV/CUV and the two cars for now also supported with China. Add to this most of the dealers themselves are also a GMC dealer or a combination of Chevy, Cadillac.

Third the wagon at this point is a nice add on but no where close to a foundation model neither were a Coupe Or the OPC. You do understand how much the Euro version of the OPC cars cost there. They are much more than what we have seen in the GS here. You think you can afford the Convertible.

Fourth GM was in the process of deciding what to do with Opel's post Chevys pull out and with the additional load of working with Holden/Opel/Buick. Lets face it that not too long ago Opel's future had been in question with some at GM and nothing was for sure. Had Chevy taken off they may have really been at risk.

Finally this is not all that expensive in the market anymore, In fact it is below the average market selling price. Even the average used car is now pushing $18K per an article I read the other day. They are too expensive for all of us but that is the price you will pay. If you want cheaper buy a Chevy or wait till it is used those will always be options. You could get a Turbo Camaro Convertible for a similar price I will wager.

To me this car is a better G6 Convertible with no hard top. It will drive better and has better features but it is an old car. With each new platform we will get all new Opel's, Holden's and Buicks over the next 5 years and it will change the face of the company as GM has with Chevy and Cadillac.

Like I say this is big picture and today with the global market and the cost of development you have to space things out till the timing is right for several divisions and for the money to be available to work on each program. While it may have been nice to do a limited run of the OPC. Wagon, and Coupe their lives would have been short and volumes low. That money would be better spent to finish the next Lacrosse, Regal and Avinir.

To be honest this car is not really needed but it will help the image some and offer something GM really lacks in the states right not a convertible.

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The Eos is a weak seller, and it seems like for a couple years they have been saying they were dropping it altogether.  That is why I think mid $30s for a compact Buick convertible is a hard sell and it won't find a lot of buyers.  Luckily for Buick there are very few convertibles on the market.

 

The 20" wheels look low profile too.  I have 18" low profile tires on my car, and Hankooks on tire rack were still around $200 per tire. I have seen some 20" tires at $300 each.  This isn't an enthusiast car, I don't know if the Buick buyer wants to spend $1,200 for new tires.

Not all 20" tires are this much. Also these will not be high speed rated tires as this is where the cost comes in.

You do understand that speed rated tires use more expensive materials and also have to be perfect in Q-A. The margin of defect is very low on them as they have to be for liability. This leads to more tires being rejected and added cost.

Yes companies like Michelin and Goodyear X Ray each speed rated tire to check the construction for defects. Tires are still a hand made product and while consistency has improved it can still vary some.

But with that said I just paid $90 for 18" inch Eagles not long ago and $175 for 19" triple tread Goodyear Assurance tires not long ago. Making good use of sales and rebates can make these a lot cheaper. The days of the $50 tires are long over.

Add things like Carbon fiber an Kevlar to a Z rated compound tire and then your prices go up fast. This is why there are 72 different kinds of Pilots and Eagles offered. You match them to the need of the car. A Buick like this will not need the same kind of 20" a Z06 will require.

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Best thing for the health of the buick brand would have been to have a mid sized crossover in the showroom by now since Buick's demographic would rather have CUV's now. Where is the money for that then?

This is for women in their 40's and 50's that just want that drop top feel.This is going to be a low volume car and just help fill the dealer showrooms till the rest of the new products are out. The first all new Buick is going to be the Lacrosse. I agree this is not a new car nor is it on a new platform. Also it is not there to challenge a BMW. and all tires are expensive the 20" are no different but you can shop around and still find them reasonable compared to the other sizes. These will not be major performance tires so that will control the cost. Ride will be fine as it was designed for them and also is not a sports cars. Just have to use a little common sense when looking at this car.I expect it will see 3 years and be replaced with a new car on a new platform.

seems a bit expensive to me. I think at that price 250/250 power would be nice. If Buick just wants to 'round out the showroom' then why haven't we gotten the Astra coupe plus OPX, the Adam, and the Astra hatch and wagon?
Simple for several reasons.One GM's Major investments were going into Chevy first and then Cadillac. Not to mention other global projects. No not even GM can do it all at once.Second most of the Opel's were on older platforms and bringing in all these other cars just were not needed at this time. Buick is making money with the SUV/CUV and the two cars for now also supported with China. Add to this most of the dealers themselves are also a GMC dealer or a combination of Chevy, Cadillac.Third the wagon at this point is a nice add on but no where close to a foundation model neither were a Coupe Or the OPC. You do understand how much the Euro version of the OPC cars cost there. They are much more than what we have seen in the GS here. You think you can afford the Convertible.Fourth GM was in the process of deciding what to do with Opel's post Chevys pull out and with the additional load of working with Holden/Opel/Buick. Lets face it that not too long ago Opel's future had been in question with some at GM and nothing was for sure. Had Chevy taken off they may have really been at risk.Finally this is not all that expensive in the market anymore, In fact it is below the average market selling price. Even the average used car is now pushing $18K per an article I read the other day. They are too expensive for all of us but that is the price you will pay. If you want cheaper buy a Chevy or wait till it is used those will always be options. You could get a Turbo Camaro Convertible for a similar price I will wager.To me this car is a better G6 Convertible with no hard top. It will drive better and has better features but it is an old car. With each new platform we will get all new Opel's, Holden's and Buicks over the next 5 years and it will change the face of the company as GM has with Chevy and Cadillac.Like I say this is big picture and today with the global market and the cost of development you have to space things out till the timing is right for several divisions and for the money to be available to work on each program. While it may have been nice to do a limited run of the OPC. Wagon, and Coupe their lives would have been short and volumes low. That money would be better spent to finish the next Lacrosse, Regal and Avinir.To be honest this car is not really needed but it will help the image some and offer something GM really lacks in the states right not a convertible.

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Best thing for the health of the buick brand would have been to have a mid sized crossover in the showroom by now since Buick's demographic would rather have CUV's now. Where is the money for that then?

This is for women in their 40's and 50's that just want that drop top feel.This is going to be a low volume car and just help fill the dealer showrooms till the rest of the new products are out. The first all new Buick is going to be the Lacrosse. I agree this is not a new car nor is it on a new platform. Also it is not there to challenge a BMW. and all tires are expensive the 20" are no different but you can shop around and still find them reasonable compared to the other sizes. These will not be major performance tires so that will control the cost. Ride will be fine as it was designed for them and also is not a sports cars. Just have to use a little common sense when looking at this car.I expect it will see 3 years and be replaced with a new car on a new platform.

seems a bit expensive to me. I think at that price 250/250 power would be nice. If Buick just wants to 'round out the showroom' then why haven't we gotten the Astra coupe plus OPX, the Adam, and the Astra hatch and wagon?
Simple for several reasons.One GM's Major investments were going into Chevy first and then Cadillac. Not to mention other global projects. No not even GM can do it all at once.Second most of the Opel's were on older platforms and bringing in all these other cars just were not needed at this time. Buick is making money with the SUV/CUV and the two cars for now also supported with China. Add to this most of the dealers themselves are also a GMC dealer or a combination of Chevy, Cadillac.Third the wagon at this point is a nice add on but no where close to a foundation model neither were a Coupe Or the OPC. You do understand how much the Euro version of the OPC cars cost there. They are much more than what we have seen in the GS here. You think you can afford the Convertible.Fourth GM was in the process of deciding what to do with Opel's post Chevys pull out and with the additional load of working with Holden/Opel/Buick. Lets face it that not too long ago Opel's future had been in question with some at GM and nothing was for sure. Had Chevy taken off they may have really been at risk.Finally this is not all that expensive in the market anymore, In fact it is below the average market selling price. Even the average used car is now pushing $18K per an article I read the other day. They are too expensive for all of us but that is the price you will pay. If you want cheaper buy a Chevy or wait till it is used those will always be options. You could get a Turbo Camaro Convertible for a similar price I will wager.To me this car is a better G6 Convertible with no hard top. It will drive better and has better features but it is an old car. With each new platform we will get all new Opel's, Holden's and Buicks over the next 5 years and it will change the face of the company as GM has with Chevy and Cadillac.Like I say this is big picture and today with the global market and the cost of development you have to space things out till the timing is right for several divisions and for the money to be available to work on each program. While it may have been nice to do a limited run of the OPC. Wagon, and Coupe their lives would have been short and volumes low. That money would be better spent to finish the next Lacrosse, Regal and Avinir.To be honest this car is not really needed but it will help the image some and offer something GM really lacks in the states right not a convertible.

If we are to believe what the word is there are two SUV's coming and one is mid sized. But with GMC you have to so this right as why would you need a Terrain and the Buick version in the same dealer? You have to make the different in some way as they generally occupy the same space.

I have wondered if the Buick we have seen will be a short wheel base like the coming Nox and the GMC may share a long wheel base with the Cadillac we just saw released.

Also this is not about money it is about having the platform. GM has just finished the new platform these models ride on and it is just going into production with staggered starts fro each model at several plants.

As for a little larger SUV there is another one of these but we have yet to see it as it is still being worked on and also we have a new Enclave coming.

This all falls into place it you take the timing of the models and the associated platforms. There are billions of dollars being spent and a large amount of GM staff assigned to this so it takes time and money. They also are coming off several Chevy programs that are just being launched as well the funding from these programs being moved to the next project.

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I like the product on its own, but it's positioning seems a little iffy. Sure, it takes up a market all to itself, and it beats rivals current and defunct handily, mostly because of its pretty good value proposition.

 

But I don't know if the appeal of a Mustang and Camaro convertible is lost onto this model. 

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But a Buick Verano isn't an upscale car. I would rather pay $35k for a Regal convertible, which would be a $5k premium over the sedan. If the Cascara was Regal based it would be a good deal as it is priced. But the Camry and 200 based convertibles that were larger and cheaper than the Cascara failed. And I think that is the type of buyer Buick is after.

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But a Buick Verano isn't an upscale car. I would rather pay $35k for a Regal convertible, which would be a $5k premium over the sedan. If the Cascara was Regal based it would be a good deal as it is priced. But the Camry and 200 based convertibles that were larger and cheaper than the Cascara failed. And I think that is the type of buyer Buick is after.

 

Again, you attribute failures of those two to the brand rather than to the content of the car.  The old Sebring/200 was an atrociously bad car, convertible or not.  The Camry convertible was an aftermarket conversion on a flabby chassis. 

 

The Verano has sold quite well as a premium car above similar cars of it's size.   When you think about it, Verano buyers are paying $26k - $28k for something in the Cruze size range.   This is going by Buick's claim that their cars tend to sell more in the higher trims.   

 

And, aside from it's age, the Verano is quite a capable vehicle. 

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Yes the Verano was pegged as a more upscale car below Cadillac and above Chevy. The convertible is about what you would expect for a car this size.

The car is almost the size f what a Regal coupe would have been.

The main deal is that this was an Opel that could easily and at a lower cost could be plugged in at a price where they could make a profit at lower volume. The added volume may also help Opel too.

This car is in it's last years and will be replace I expect in 2-3 years. Same for the Regal so we are not going to see total brand new products till they replace the Verano and Regal first.

Note when you look at most Verano's they have mostly loaded interiors and leather. Many have the larger engines and upgraded trims. Sales were ok till the Encore came out and I think it had more impact on their sales than anything.

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      We've been wondering how much the upcoming Porsche Taycan EV will set you back. Considering the slick looks and amount of technology Porsche is planning for this, we're expecting a high price tag. But Automotive News reports that the Taycan will not be too expensive.
      “We’re expecting a price somewhere between a Cayenne and a Panamera,” said Robert Meier, the Taycan's model line director.
      For the European market, that means a possible starting price of above 80,000 euros (about $92,500). In the U.S., we could be seeing a base price of $75,500 - that's taking into consideration the base prices of the Cayenne ($65,700) and Panamera ($85,500). Please note this is not set in stone and we expect Porsche to provide pricing sometime later this or early next year.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
    • By William Maley
      Last month, Chevrolet announced the 2019 Blazer would begin at $29,995, undercutting the likes of Ford Edge and Nissan Murano. But Cars Direct has gone through the order guide and did some analysis. What they found out is that Blazer isn't as a good deal as Chevrolet is promoting to be.
      Let's start with the base the Blazer L which begins at $29,995. CarsDirect believes this model "is likely intended mainly for advertising purposes." This is something we saw before when Buick launched the Regal TourX. The L model is also excluded from factory discounts. Most buyers will likely be pushed towards the 1LT which begins at $33,495 - $1,700 more expensive than the Murano S and $2,505 more expensive than the Edge SE. Both the Murano and Edge pack more powerful engines (Blazer uses a 2.5L four-cylinder with 193 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque) and have the option of AWD. The Blazer can only get AWD on 2LT models and above.
      The 2LT begins at $34,495 and adds the 3.6L V6 engine - 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. If you want AWD, be prepared to shell out an additional $2,700. Again, AWD is cheaper on the Murano ($1,600) and Edge ($1,950). 
      Another disappointment for the Blazer is how much you need to shell out for advanced driver assistance features. If you want adaptive cruise control and front collision warning, then first you need pay $41,795 for the RS and then add $3,575 for Enhanced Convenience and Driver Confidence II Package. If you want automatic emergency braking, then you'll need to step up to the top-line Premier at $43,895 and add the Driver Confidence Package II for an additional $2,165. AEB is standard on the Murano and Edge.
      Based on this analysis, it does make the Blazer a bit of a tough sell. We'll have to see how things play out in the coming months.
      Source: CarsDirect

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    • By William Maley
      Last month, Chevrolet announced the 2019 Blazer would begin at $29,995, undercutting the likes of Ford Edge and Nissan Murano. But Cars Direct has gone through the order guide and did some analysis. What they found out is that Blazer isn't as a good deal as Chevrolet is promoting to be.
      Let's start with the base the Blazer L which begins at $29,995. CarsDirect believes this model "is likely intended mainly for advertising purposes." This is something we saw before when Buick launched the Regal TourX. The L model is also excluded from factory discounts. Most buyers will likely be pushed towards the 1LT which begins at $33,495 - $1,700 more expensive than the Murano S and $2,505 more expensive than the Edge SE. Both the Murano and Edge pack more powerful engines (Blazer uses a 2.5L four-cylinder with 193 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque) and have the option of AWD. The Blazer can only get AWD on 2LT models and above.
      The 2LT begins at $34,495 and adds the 3.6L V6 engine - 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. If you want AWD, be prepared to shell out an additional $2,700. Again, AWD is cheaper on the Murano ($1,600) and Edge ($1,950). 
      Another disappointment for the Blazer is how much you need to shell out for advanced driver assistance features. If you want adaptive cruise control and front collision warning, then first you need pay $41,795 for the RS and then add $3,575 for Enhanced Convenience and Driver Confidence II Package. If you want automatic emergency braking, then you'll need to step up to the top-line Premier at $43,895 and add the Driver Confidence Package II for an additional $2,165. AEB is standard on the Murano and Edge.
      Based on this analysis, it does make the Blazer a bit of a tough sell. We'll have to see how things play out in the coming months.
      Source: CarsDirect
    • By William Maley
      Opel is undergoing a major product overhaul as it begins to transition over from General Motors architectures to PSA Group. Some products will not make the change, however.
      Yesterday, Opel announced that the Adam city car, Cascada convertible, and the KARL city car will end production at the end of 2019. The company blames new emission rules for the canceling of these models, but some suspect the low-margin on these vehicles is what ultimately led to their demise.
      "In order to contribute to the CO2 compliance and to focus on high volume segments, the Opel ADAM, KARL and Cascada will not be replaced after the end of their life cycles, but will remain on sale until the end of 2019," the company said in a statement.
      This announcement has some wondering about the future of Buick's Cascada. A spokesman for the brand told Automotive News that Buick "not confirming anything at this point" regarding the brand's plans for the Cascada. Although, AN's Future Product Pipeline reports that the Buick version could be discontinued sooner than later.
      On the flipside, Opel will be launching eight all-new or refreshed vehicles beginning early next year. This will include a new Corsa subcompact and replacement for the Mokka X (what we know as the Buick Encore).
      Source: Reuters, Automotive News (Subscription Required), Opel


      Opel to Launch Eight All-New or Refreshed Models by 2020
      Stronger customer orientation and dealer performance Focus on high volume and high growth segments with three key launches by 2020: all-new Corsa, Vivaro and Mokka X successor Ensure CO2 compliance with state-of-the-art technology: four electrified vehicles by end of 2020; 100 percent electrification by 2024; further improved combustion engines Rüsselsheim.  Opel is continuing to execute the PACE! plan product offensive to meet customer needs and ensure compliance with the drastic Europe-wide CO2 guidelines which become effective in 2020. The future portfolio will ensure a sustainable, successful future for both the company and its dealer network. From early 2019 to the end of 2020, the company will launch eight all-new or refreshed models, investing primarily in high-volume and profitable segments. By then, Opel will be offering one of the newest portfolios of all volume manufacturers.
      With its PACE! plan, Opel has clearly committed to bringing at least one all-new model onto the market every year. In 2019 alone, Opel will launch the new generation of the bestselling Corsa and the successor to the successful Vivaro as LCV and passenger car variants. Additional variants and equipment versions of the Combo will also be on sale, thus significantly renewing the LCV portfolio. The successor to the hugely popular Opel Mokka X will follow in 2020 and will play a pivotal role for the strategy to expand the proportion of the company’s SUV sales from 25 to 40 percent by 2021.
      “Opel goes electric” was one of the commitments made by the company in November 2017 as part of its PACE! plan. Order books for both the all-electric new five-seater Corsa and the Grandland X PHEV which will be produced in Eisenach will be open by the summer of 2019. By the end of 2020, Opel will have a total of four electrified models on offer, providing a lot of driving pleasure and transforming e-car demand from niche to volume. By 2024, there will be an electrified version of every Opel model. Opel will make highly interesting offers, both technically and economically, and will democratise electro-mobility while further improving its combustion engines.
      In order to contribute to the CO2 compliance and to focus on high volume segments, the Opel ADAM, KARL and Cascada will not be replaced after the end of their life cycles, but will remain on sale until the end of 2019. With the new portfolio, Opel will continue to cover around 80 percent of the mainstream market volume in 2020 – with significantly higher efficiency and customer-orientation while simultaneously reducing complexity.
      “In a context of drastic CO2 norms, it’s our responsibility to shape a sustainable future for our company and our dealers with a highly competitive portfolio for passenger and light commercial vehicles. Opel will offer fun to drive and emotionally designed models including highly competitive light commercial vehicles such as the new Combo and Vivaro. The customers will benefit from the broad introduction of innovative technologies and affordable electrification,” said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller. “The most recent awards – like the IVOTY 2019 for our Combo – demonstrate that we are on the right path.”
      The German manufacturer with almost 120 years of automotive tradition is leveraging Groupe PSA platforms and innovative propulsion technologies for all new models. Opel has impressively demonstrated its efficiency this year: the entire portfolio was and is fully available from dealers in time for the transition to the new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure standard (WLTP). Moreover, Opel is already fully ready for the new Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard and offers 127 passenger car models that meet the requirements which will come into effect for all new registrations in September 2019. “Our commitment to Euro 6d-TEMP is part of our strategy to become a leader in the reduction of vehicle emissions and a key pillar of our customer-centric approach. Whoever buys a new Opel now must not fear a city driving ban from today’s perspective,” said Lohscheller.

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