The Buick Regal as we know it may only live for two or three more years, which means the Holden ZB Commodore may not have a very long lifecycle either.
Opel’s man in charge, Michael Lohscheller, told Autocar in an interview published Monday that the brand will continue to build cars for General Motors for two or three more years, per a “contractual relationship.” The Opel Insignia became North America’s Buick Regal and Australia’s Holden Commodore while GM still owned Opel and Vauxhall.
In the near future, GM will have to either move production out of Germany or introduce a new global car to fill the Commodore and Regal’s void. GM has said in the past that the sale of Opel does not affect Buick, but we haven’t heard any information on what will become of either the Regal or Commodore. Both Buick and Holden also source the Cascada from Opel as well.
It’s hard to imagine GM abandoning the car altogether in global markets, and it also seems incredibly early to roll out a new vehicle. Time will tell what the automaker’s solution will be as Opel shifts away from GM platforms and technology.