Buick may use Opel design, engineering on other models

2011 Buick Regal

The 2011 Buick Regal, which is fully based on the Opel Insignia from Germany, is performing pretty well for General Motors in terms of sales. Basically, the Regal is a rebadged Insignia that wears a bunch of Buick branding. According to insiders, GM is planning other Buicks based on Opel design and engineering.

First and foremost, if demand is high enough, GM will bring the station wagon version of the Opel Insignia to the stateside with a Buick badge. Next up for Buick is a new compact sedan known as the Verano. The model is based on the GM Delta II platform that underpins the Opel Astra as well as the Chevrolet Cruze. The Verano will be rolling down GM’s Orion assembly plant late next year.

Opel also offers a compact crossover, minivans and subcompact hatchback. We’re not sure if Buick will ever get a hatchback in the United States but a compact crossover and a minivan are pretty big possibilities.

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Source: Free Press