There are many questions left to be answered from the potential sale of Opel-Vauxhall to PSA Group. One of the biggest implications that may affect North American buyers is Buick’s close ties with Opel.
Since General Motors’ bankruptcy and restructuring, Opel has become a defacto part of Buick in the United States and Canada. Buick’s biggest seller, the Encore, hails from Opel and the brand has seen other vehicles like the Regal, Verano and Cascada convertible help fill out a thin lineup that once was.
However, analysts think Buick would be just fine without Opel’s strings, according to Automotive News. While no one knows exactly what the potential sale of Opel will mean for other GM brands globally, Dave Sullivan, an analyst with AutoPacific Inc., thinks Buick’s focus on China would take the lead for North American products moving forward.
“I don’t think we’re going to feel it here in the U.S. in terms of product life cycles because I think China has taken the lead on Buick development,” Sullivan said.
The one vehicle most in limbo is likely the 2018 Buick Regal, according to the report. The all-new Regal is expected to mirror the 2018 Opel Insignia Grand Sport, which has yet to be revealed in the U.S. Buick has also had plans to introduce a Regal wagon variant as well, based on the Insignia Sports Tourer.
As for now, Buick itself isn’t worried about what Opel’s future means for it here in North America.
Buick spokesperson, Stuart Fowle, stated it was much too early to begin conjuring thoughts of what it could mean.
“Right now, we’re moving forward as Buick, and we’ll cross that bridge if or when we come to it.”