Much-anticipated Buick Cascada convertible: we are so glad you could finally join us.
As we reported earlier, the new 2016 Buick Cascada was unveiled today at the 2015 Detroit North American International Auto Show. The Cascada will derive its pluck from a turbocharged 1.6 liter four-banger, making around 200 HP. The engine is lifted pretty much directly from an Opel convertible.
In fact, the Buick Cascada shares a lot with this Opel convertible; they’re both front-wheel-drive, with solely a 6-speed automatic offered. They both ride on the same platform (Delta), and the same body. They even share the same “Cascada” moniker.
And that’s sort of the problem; no market, we’re sure, likes to imagine their own offering as the foreign-produced, badge-engineered counterpart to the original. But regardless of how you view the car as a piece of machinery, a sculpture, or even a fashion accessory, the badge is a constant reminder of the car’s origins, and its status as a recycled import.
But does this necessarily matter to you? Would it make the slightest difference to the average potential buyer? Is naming a car after the Spanish word for “waterfall” even agreeable in itself? Please vote below.