Dealers should have production through the end of the summer.
The Buick Cascada — based on the European Opel model of the same name — was never a particularly huge seller in the U.S. In 2018, it was the brand’s slowest-selling model, moving just 4,136 units. Now, those declining sales have caught up with Buick’s convertible, which will cease production in Poland this summer. It doesn’t come as a huge surprise, since Groupe PSA announced it would phase out the model when it bought Opel from General Motors in 2017. The car’s production run will end this summer.
Buick told Automotive News, “The Cascada has played its role in the portfolio perfectly, outselling many other premium convertibles while bringing in buyers from outside GM.” While it was the brand’s first convertible since the Reatta in the late 1980s, convertibles on the whole aren’t finding too many buyers these days. GM had no comment on the matter.
We won’t see a replacement under Buick, since the model was built on the Opel platform. As General Motors jettisoned its European brands, including German Opel and British Vauxhall, Buick’s future entails American-developed models, instead of designs borrowed from its European arm. Dealers should have enough stock left over to satisfy deliveries through the end of 2019.
Since Buick is also discontinuing the LaCrosse soon, Buick’s passenger car profile is thinning. By the end of this year, the only remaining sedan in the lineup will be the Regal. What’s more, GM only has the Camaro and Corvette left in its convertible lineup.