Buick Cascada Officially Discontinued18
Production of the Buick Cascada has officially ceased at Opel’s plant in Gliwice, Poland. That shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since the vehicle was expected to cease with the 2019 model year, and now we’ve received confirmation that the last example of the compact convertible two-door rolled off the line in the second quarter of 2019.
Back in 2017, Groupe PSA, the French multinational carmaker responsible for brands like Peugeot and Citroën, purchased the Opel division from General Motors. Then, late last year, Groupe PSA announced that it would discontinue the Cascada in 2019.
For reference, Opel manufactured the Cascada in all its global variants at the Gliwice. Previously, the Cascada was sold as the Opel Cascada in select European markets, as well as the Holden Cascada in New Zealand and Australia, and the Vauxhall Cascada in the U.K., not to mention the Buick Cascada in the U.S.
“The Cascada has played its role in the portfolio perfectly, outselling many other premium convertibles while bringing in buyers from outside GM,” the automaker said in an email earlier this year.
The Buick Cascada originally hit stateside dealers in 2016, selling 7,153 examples in its first year. Sales numbers steadily declined every subsequent year, with 5,595 units sold in 2017 and 4,136 units sold in 2018. However, the brand has previously stated that a vast amount of all Cascada buyers were new to GM and new to Buick. Cascada owners often raved about the vehicle, citing its uniquely-handsome design and composed driving experience.
The demise of the Buick Cascada marks another passenger car discontinued under the new General Motors as the automaker shifts focus toward crossovers, SUVs, and trucks. Now, with the Buick Cascada and LaCrosse discontinued, the Buick Regal stands as the only passenger car in Buick’s lineup.
We’ve reached out to both Buick/GM and PSA Groupe officials for further information on the final unit of the Buick Cascada produced, but have not received a definitive answer.
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Bout time, but Buick still need cars. This should replace it with a 2-door drop-top Regal or better yet a Camaro convertible based Cascada.
Too late for a Regal-based Cascada, since that’s PSA’s property now. As for Camaro-based, not a terrible idea, although they’d need to tune the suspension and handling a bit to make it more Buick-like.
How about bringing back the Saturn Sky as a Buick?
Logically I guess you’d have to call that vehicle “Skylark”.
The Cascada was built from 2011 to 2019. A technical revision (facelift) did not exist. So it is remarkable that the Casada as long as timely and timeless is beautiful. What was missing for the USA? The 2.0 Turbo with 280HP from the OPEL Astra OPC including chassis, wheels, brakes and interior with the super great OPC Super Sport seats. This would then have become a competitor for the BMW 235i, BMW 335i, Audi S5, Mercedes C-Class, E-Class. GM did not have enough courage to bring the Cascada to the USA in 2012 as Power Cascada OPC! You would have got a lot of new GM customers! I hope that GM will make an agreement with PSA to develop and build sedans and convertibles. A GM and PSA model world without sedans and convertibles is terrible for us customers. How about vans at GM built in 2020 as PSA derivatives in the US? Customers are very many! So Mrs. Bara please give the order.
Question about Buick Regal Power luxury model:
Could you imagine a Buick Regal GS with the Cadillac CT-6 3.0 V6 Bi-Turbo not as a Buick Regal Avinir but as a Buick Regal GS / X Bitter Edition as a top model? Of course also as HSV (Holden) Comodore GTS Bitter Edition. Please check this through!
I drive an OPEL Cascada Sportline 200HP and 6-speed gearshift. In white with black leather trim and sporty short suspension springs with 20 inch wheels. The Cascada is the nicest convertible and still an eyecatcher.
Buick should lay the Cascada and LaCrosse to rest and remove them from their website, since they are no longer in production. And why on their websites do Chevrolet and Cadillac get to not only show their current vehicles but Chevy has a section for “Upcoming” ones and Caddy “Future & Concept,” but Buick does not have anything similar?
Perhaps Buick has no future?
Given that FCA aka Chrysler, was whittled down to 2 brands (Jeep notwithstanding and prior to the Ram spin off) and Fomoco dropped Mercury resulting in the same thing, that GM still markets Buick has seemed a bit odd to me. I’m not against the idea, just curious as to why it continues.
Downvoting me for stating the obvious?
Look, I’ve owned a couple of Buicks in the past. I wouldn’t be against owning one now, but only one is even made in the US, and none of them are small sedans like I’d be interested in.
Don’t take the downvote personally. I think they want to support Buick. I’ve had several and liked them all.
Convertibles have never been a huge segment of the market. Sadly, GM is clearly focusing on volume products going forward. Still very much enjoying my Cascada after two years of ownership. It remains a tight package and a very comfortable ride. My sense is that most critics have never desired or owned a convertible, and of course it’s all about the open driving experience. Love the slick operation of the top and that the rear seat is actually functional. I face the reality that GM will never again support this market, but have some hope that VW, Benz, Audi or BMW will still offer a similar alternative for those of us who love to drive topless.
My wife and I just bought a 2019 Sport Touring in Sport Red and love it. There is no question it represents the best value by far of any of its true drop top competitors: Audi A5, BMW 4 series, and M-B C series. And only the Mercedes equals it for crash safety by also having a pop up roll over bar system. I think it’s also the prettiest of the lot
Because it makes money for them.
With the loss of this and the Lacrosse the Regal line needs to be beefed up a bit. Ventilated seats in the Avenir and optional in the Essence trim. A V6 option for the wagon body at least. And a bit more std items so this car feels a little more premium like a leather wheel and power seat for starters on the lowest trim. A nice cocoa or other type of red or brown seat should also be offered on the higher trims in leather. Note that most of this is already in place for Opel so would be nothing to get here.
Buick needs more vehicles, badly.
Consistency would be nice. I think Barra only sees dollar signs so interesting and individuality is not a priority.
Are there bound to be service and parts issues going forward given the discontinuance? Friends of ours just bought a 2016 here in Canada.