GM Authority has confirmed that the 2018 Buick Regal — including the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback and TourX wagon — will be built at the Opel Rüsselsheim plant in Germany alongside the 2017 Opel Insignia (and Vauxhall Insignia) range, and then exported to North America.
Adding a dose of irony to the development is General Motors’ recent agreement to sell its European Opel-Vauxhall unit, including the Rüsselsheim facility, to French automaker PSA Group for €2.2 billion ($2.3 billion). The deal is expected to be completed before the end of 2017. Opel’s vehicle development center at Rüsselsheim was responsible for the development of the Opel-Vauxhall Insignia, which serves as the basis for the sixth-generation Regal.
The transition of Rüsselsheim plant ownership from GM-Opel to PSA will not hinder Buick Regal supply for the North American market, as GM has secured the product for its entire lifecycle.
However, it will be interested to see whether the vehicles will be built at the Rüsselsheim plant for their entire lifespan, or whether assembly will be moved at some point in the future. It’s worth noting that the current-generation Buick Regal was exported from the very same Rüsselsheim plant in Germany during the initial phase of its lifecycle, but its production was subsequently relocated to the GM Oshawa plant in Ontario, Canada.