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Buick and Opel: Twins Separated at Birth

The details for the 2016 New York International Auto Show is trickling in, and the next piece of news is that Buick will be revealing the 2017 Buick Encore.

A Buick brand PR Manager, Stuart Fowle, tells Autoblog that the new Buick Encore will join the new Cascada convertible, the Envision crossover, and the LaCrosse sedan. They’re not revealing any details at this point but the new Encore is expected to be based around Opel’s new small crossover, the Mokka X.


Buick has been borrowing designs from its European twin for a while now. The Buick Regal GS that General Motors supplied us for a week was basically a rebadged Opel Insignia. In our review, we recognize that it is a solid vehicle but was practically ruined by the American bits, like the 20″ wheels. The new Buick Cascada is unimaginatively the Opel Cascada and while the new Buick Envision, coming in the summer of 2016, will be rebadged in Europe as the Opel Antara.

We don’t particularly like Buick ourselves, and we can think of 5 reasons why it should die. Primarily, we see it more as a dolled up Chevrolet rather than a stripped down Caddilac. However, the latest reveals from Buick such as the Avenir and Avista has us second guessing where Buick might be headed.

Everyone, and even Buick, keeps stating that this “Isn’t your grandparent’s Buick anymore.” They still have a lingering legacy brand recognition of being the old person’s car that they have to shed. Though through each model reveal and revision the stigma seems to wither more and more. Check out the pics below of the Opel Mokka that will be officially revealed in the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. If you’re looking for pics of the new facelifted Encore, you’ll have to wait until this March when we’ll be checking out the 2016 New York International Auto Show.

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About Hansen

The engineer amongst the crew, Hansen once built a mini baja car with his bare hands. Hansen had the opportunity to join Honda’s R&D team in Ohio but chose the life of the east coast and the defense industry instead. A die hard auto enthusiast he religiously follows the auto industry and loves long walks in the auto shows.

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