Opel has plans to introduce the Adam city car rebadged as a Buick into the Chinese market for 2015, according to a new report from Car News China. The car will be shipped to China from Opel’s plant in Eisenach, Germany, although the car could be built locally sometime in the future.
The Buick-badged Adam will have two engines on offer, a 1.2 liter, 69 horsepower four-cylinder and a 1.4 liter, 100 horsepower four-cylinder. General Motors reportedly hopes to compete directly with the Fiat 500 in China, which is priced between 169.800 yuan ($27,839 USD) and 268.800 yuan ($44,071 USD), so the Adam will most likely fall within the same range.
The Buick-badged Adam is the first high-end city car from GM in China. The automaker decided to bring the Adam to China after the recent success of high end small cars like the Fiat 500 and Smart ForTwo. Fiat and Smart proved there is a market for small, high quality city cars in China, spurred on by relatively rich city folk who don’t want or need a large sedan.