The transformation of GM’s Buick continues to occur before our very eyes. And in a continued effort to fill in white space, rumor has it that the next-generation Opel Adam will make its way to the United States with Buick’s Tri-shield badge as part of the continued global alignment of Opel-Vauxhall with Buick.
A new report from Auto News says that GM is very serious about bringing the sporty subcompact/city car to the states. To note, the current, first-generation Opel Adam does not meet various U.S. standards for road worthiness, something we feel is a silly, outdated procedure for the most part.
For instance, the current Adam’s lights, roof, front bumper and airbag system would need to be tweaked and overhauled in order to bring it stateside. And that is an investment GM is not ready to make, likely due to the necessary financial investment not only to develop the necessary changes, but also apply them for production.
Instead, the next-generation Opel Adam is said to be developed to suit safety and regulatory standards on both sides of the pond, giving it a solid shot at being sold as a Buick in those markets where the brand is available — namely, North America and China.