LONDON -- Opel/Vauxhall will enter its third new segment in less than a year when it launches the mid-size Cascada softtop convertible in early 2013.
The Cascada introduction will give General Motors Co.'s European unit its first presence in the mid-size convertible sector since the late 1980s when small-scale production of the Cavalier/Ascona softtop ended.
The Cascada's launch will follow the introduction of the Mokka subcompact SUV later this year and the Adam minicar early next year.
At 4700mm (15.5 feet), the new car is 225mm (0.73 feet) longer than the Opel Astra Twin-Top, which was discontinued in 2010.
The Cascada's cloth roof can be retracted at speeds of up to 50km/h (31 mph). The Astra Twin-Top had a metal-folding roof.
Rivals for the Cascada will include the BMW 3-series convertible, the Lexus IS 250 C and the Volvo C70, which all have metal folding roofs. Audi's A5 Cabriolet will be the only major competitor offering a softtop roof.
Pricing hasn't been announced yet, although the Cascada is expected to undercut the Audi A5 convertible, which starts at 39,000 euros in Germany.