Currently, Buick and Opel share three vehicles: Astra/Verano (Excelle), Insignia/Regal, and Mokka/Encore. Going forward, that number will grow, according to GM CEO Dan Akerson. In doing so, Buick will be thinning out the development costs that Opel racks up with engineering the vehicles, as GM continues to mesh together its global development teams more closely.
And while Buick, Opel and Vauxhall may be regional brands, the three make up what Akerson describes as a “hybrid global brand.”
So what other types of vehicles may spawn from this brand love triangle? With spy photos of a compact (or midsize) Buick crossover, and the Opel/Vauxhall Antara in need of an all-new model, it’s very possible that the compact CUV space is next.