After General Motors sold its Opel and Vauxhall divisions to PSA Groupe, questions immediately surrounded the 2018 Buick Regal family, which includes the 2018 Regal Sportback and 2018 Regal TourX. According to Opel boss Michael Loscheller, the car may only live for another three years.
Autocar spoke with the Opel chief in an interview published Monday where he said Opel and GM still have a “contractual relationship.” In other words, PSA Groupe’s Opel builds cars for GM per a contract, specifically, the Buick Regal. Opel still takes in cars from GM Korea as well.
“This will continue for maybe two or three years,” Lohscheller said.
As Opel transitions its cars away from GM technology and intellectual property, the U.S. automaker will need to build its own Buick Regal. GM hasn’t given any indication on its plans for the nameplate. The automaker could retool an assembly line to produce the sedan and wagon models or we may see a new Regal debut much earlier than normal. Opel took the lead on Insignia/Regal development and production shifted from Canada to Germany with the latest-generation car.
By 2024, Opel will likely shed itself of GM entirely.
“We’ve announced that all Opel and Vauxhall cars will have electrified versions by 2024. That should be a strong clue,” Loscheller added.