DETROIT -- General Motors will export a rebadged version of the Opel Cascada to the United States from Poland for GM's Buick brand.
Opel said the move is another example of the two brands’ successful collaboration, which already includes the jointly-developed Buick Encore and Opel Mokka, the Buick Verano and Opel Astra notchback, as well as the Buick Regal and Opel Insignia.
"We will continue to work closely with Buick in the coming years wherever it makes sense," Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said in a statement.
The Cascada, which is Spanish for “waterfall," is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. early 2016. It’s slightly longer than the Verano compact sedan and uses a 2+2 layout.
With the Cascada, Buick is getting its first convertible since the Reatta 25 years ago in an effort to inject some fun into a lineup that’s been rebuilt with a stable of core models.
The car’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engine will produce 200 hp. Its soft top will retract in just 17 seconds, at speeds up to 31 mph, Buick said in a statement.
Although convertibles are a shrinking, low-volume segment in the U.S., the Cascada should help Buick add a dose of color to a lineup that has been rapidly expanded since the brand was nearly axed during GM’s spiral toward bankruptcy in 2009.
Buick added the Verano compact in late 2011, followed by the Encore small crossover in early 2012. It’s widely expected to reveal at the show a midsize crossover, which would be slotted between the Encore and Enclave, giving Buick a three-sedan, three-crossover and convertible lineup.