The Cascada is the brand’s fourth new model this year following the Ampera, Mokka small crossover and Adam premium city car, and its first convertible after the demise of the smaller Astra Twin Top.
With the Cascada, Opel and Vauxhall are moving away from the compact segment and entering the mid-size sector. At 4,697mm long and 1,840mm wide, the Cascada is not only significantly bigger than the Astra Twin Top, but it’s actually 71mm longer than the Audi A5 Cabrio and 85mm longer than the BMW 3-Series Convertible.
Under the bonnet, the big news is the introduction of Opel’s all-new 1.6-liter SIDI Turbo ECOTEC petrol engine that promises to offer notable improvements in torque, linearity and overall efficiency.
In this application, the four-cylinder unit produces a maximum output of 168Hp (170PS) from 1650-3200rpm and 280Nm (206 lb-ft) of torque. Initially, it will be offered only with an automatic six-speed gearbox.
Other powertrain options for the Cascada include an entry level, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine delivering 138hp (140PS) and 220Nm (162 lb-ft), and a 2.0-liter turbo diesel rater for 163Hp (165PS) and 380Nm (280 lb-ft), available with either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.
Opel and Vauxhall said that more powerful versions of both petrol and diesel engines will be launched “in due course”.
The interior and exterior styling of the Cascada borrow elements from both the latest iterations of the Astra and Insignia, with the automaker providing several luxury amenities and tech goodies on the standard and optional equipment lists.
Vauxhall said that pricing for the Cascada will start in the UK from around £25,000 (equal to €30,800 or $40,500 at the current exchange rates), or about the same as the entry level BMW 118i Convertible.
The latest generation of the three-door Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX Start/Stop returns a fuel economy of 3.3lt/100km or 85.6mpg UK / 71.3mpg US, with corresponding CO2 emissions of 88g/km. That’s a 0.2lt/100km or 2.4mpg UK and a 6g/km improvement over the 2011 model.
The respective figures for the five-door version are 3.4lt/100km or 83.1mpg UK and 89 g/km CO2.
The changes that allowed a 7 percent improvement in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions include a revised version of the Corsa’s 1.3-liter turbo diesel that gains a variable displacement oil pump delivering only the necessary oil pressure to reduce the energy needed for oil circulation, the use of special low-viscosity transmission oil and a reprogrammed ECU.
The list also includes a new generation of the Opel/Vauxhall-engineered manual transmission with new gears and modified parts (available on all Corsa models from November 2012), and a newly designed set of 185/65 R15 low-rolling-resistance tyres.
Along with the new Corsa EcoFlex, and aside from the new gearbox that we mentioned earlier, the automaker announced that all Corsa models except the OPC / VXR Nürburgring Editions benefit from a revised suspension with new dampers that will improve ride comfort on rough roads and urban areas at low speeds without affecting handling.
It’s not every day that you stumble upon an abandoned Google StreetView Camera Car in the middle of nowhere. And since you are bound to ask, by ‘nowhere’ we mean down a rocky hill in the Leh district of northern India.
An unidentified man who sounds like he has an American or a Canadian accent captured a film of the aftermath. The video shows the high standing camera-equipped Opel Astra hatchback (previous generation) facing down the hill with its front smashed up on the rocks.
Render! Buick’s Waterfall Grille Plastered on Opel’s Premium Mini
Knowing that GM has rebadged a number of Opel models as Buicks since its restructuring in 2009, including the Astra and the Insignia, there was no doubt in our minds that sooner or later, someone would turn Opel’s new Adam premium city car into a Buick.
‘Automotive manipulator’ Theophilus Chin replaced Opel’s French mustache-styled chrome piece with Buick’s trademark waterfall grille, and well, that’s all that was done to the car.
In addition to the Buick Adam, Chin also created a second rendering where he grafted another set of doors on the Opel model.