GM May Use European Vehicle for New Buick Minicar

GM May Use European Vehicle for New Buick Minicar

General Motors may use the Opel Adam minicar, which is sold overseas, to create a Buick edition of smaller vehicle.

During a press conference at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany, company executives, including GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky and Opel Chairman Karl-Thomas Neumann, said that a Buick minicar would be at least a few years away, but could be a serious possibility.

Drivers of the Fiat 500 and BMW’s Mini brand will take a particular interest in the potential minicar Buick, as the Opel Adam is a direct competitor of those vehicles in Europe.

A Buick Minicar Coming to the U.S.A?

If the Buick minicar does get made, it would not be the first time Buick and Opel have used the same platforms to create similar vehicles.

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The Opel Adam, made by GM, is a popular minicar in Europe

Designing cars to fit into multiple markets appears to be a long-term strategy for General Motors.

The Opel Mokka, a popular small SUV in Europe, shares most of its body, frame, and equipment with the Buick Encore.

According to a report from Automotive News, the Opel Adam minicar is one of the most successful vehicles in Europe. The hatchback version, which sells for about $15,000, has been praised by European automotive enthusiasts and journalists.

If General Motors decides to follow through with the Buick minicar, it would likely arrive to Cedar Rapids and Iowa City drivers in about 5 years.

The biggest tie-up for American drivers looking for a great minicar will be retooling the vehicle to meet American safety and emissions regulations. It’s possible that GM would wait until the Adam is redesigned before they sell a Buick version in the U.S.

Excellent Vehicles for Cedar Rapids and Iowa City

While we may not have the Buick minicar, (at least not yet) we do have a great inventory of smaller vehicles that would be perfect for fans of smaller vehicles like the Opel Adam, and Fiat 500.

Vehicles like the Buick Encore and GMC Terrain are great choices for people who want minicar-like styles and capability.

Call McGrath Buick GMC Cadillac today at 888-696-1133 to learn more.

 

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