A few days following Buick’s unveiling of the freshened 2014 LaCrosse and Regal, we highlighted a new design element that adorns the luxury sedans’ headlamps. Called The Wing by GM designers, it stretches horizontally (across the top) of the headlamps and then runs vertically (down the side) into the headlamp cluster, all while wrapping the main HID jewel lamp and serving as the LED-based daytime running light. For a while, we wondered whether The Wing (in the 2014 iteration) would remain exclusive to the Buick brand, or whether Buick’s cross-ocean cousins Opel and Vauxhall would adopt it as well. Well, Opel did adopt it, as we found out during yesterday’s unveiling of the updated 2014 Insignia.
We should note that the actual shape of The Wing isn’t that new, as it has been present in some way on existing Buick and Opel models such as the Insignia (the first Opel to sport it), Regal, Verano/Astra/Cascada, Encore/Mokka, Meriva, Zafira Tourer. But it’s the 2013 Enclave, along with the 2014 Insignia/Regal and 2014 LaCrosse, that bring The Wing to the “next level”, if you will, by making it more accentuated.
Perhaps the decision to give Opel The “revised” Wing (Wing 2.0?) shouldn’t come as a surprise, since GM is aligning Buick and Opel/Vauxhall on a global level… but we did wonder about it nonetheless.
Here’s to a bright Buick-Opel-Vauxhall future, courtesy of The Wing.