Opel Insignia, the harbinger of a Buick, rolls out at Geneva
GM's sale of Opel/Vauxhall to French automaker PSA Groupe
will take effect later this year, but new models roll out regardless, asOpel
debuted its all-new 2018 Insignia flagship (andBuick Regal
clone) Tuesday at theGeneva Motor Show
The midsize Insignia, which bears agreat resemblance to a Mazda6
, will come in Grand Sport and Sports Tourer (that is, a wagon - willBuick
offer a wagon?). It is built in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
As part ofthe GM-PSA deal
, the two companies agree that PSA, maker ofPeugeot
, will continue to supply someHolden
models; Opel models form the basis for several of Buick's core products, including theEncore
But as the two brands part ways, we may well see Buicks remaining Buick-y, and Opels evolving away from GM parts and designs. Seeking a little clarity on what the sale of Opel means, we asked Buick and were directed to a statement:
/Insignia is expected to use the same platform as the newBuick LaCrosse
, which is also shared by theChevy Malibu
. They should once again be available with front- or all-wheel drive. With the Opel versions debuting at Geneva, the Buick Regal will possibly follow at the New Yorkauto show
The Insignia will start at about $25,500 and has the now-customary roster of high-tech options such as active lane keeping, a heads-up display, 360-degree-vew cameras, a hood designed to increase pedestrian safety and a new Opel OnStar Personal Assistant to help book hotel rooms on the fly or search for parking spots. The car comes with turbocharged four-cylinder engine options, an eight-speed automatic, and it's 400 pounds lighter than its predecessor.
Opel will also offer buyers a wide range of custom paint colors and finishes, interior options and other personal touches.Related video:
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March 7, 2017 at 04:46AM
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