2017 Buick Cascada Sport Touring with Dark Effects Package
I don’t suppose the mere addition of a new color option counts as a special edition model already, right? Who am i to talk though because evidently, that’s exactly what Buick did with the new iteration of the Cascada Sport Touring. Sure, there’s a Dark Effects package to go along with the new Sport Red paint, but that’s about all you’re going to get with this new special edition.
It’s not all that bad, though, because of the aforementioned Dark Effects package, which does add some flavor to the overall makeup of the Cascada. And, to be fair to Buick, the Sport Red actually looks good on the open-top coupe, much better at least than the True Blue finish of the previous special edition Cascada that was unveiled back in August 2016. That one didn’t look all that spectacular even for a standard model, whereas the Sport Red paint fully complements the sporty and aggressive side of the convertible.
This new special edition Cascada is all set to make its debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show before it goes official on February 1, 2017. Only 150 units will be made of this Sport Red-clad, Dark Effects packaged Buick Cascada. You don’t have to convince yourselves to get one should you be interested because if you are, there’s a good chance that there won’t be any available models left for you to decide on.
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Buick Will Attend Super Bowl For The First Time
Buick’s plan to become a bigger player in the US market is about to get a big jolt in the mainstream after the company announced that, for the first time in its history, Buick will roll out a commercial during the Super Bowl. The American automaker will present a 30-second ad centered on its “Experience the New Buick” campaign and featuring the Buick Cascada. True to its recent form of having famous athletes and celebrities serve as pitchmen for the brand, the Buick commercial will feature New York Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr. and actress/model Emily Ratajkowski.
Like with most Super Bowl ads, we’re not going to get a good look at the commercial until at least a few days before the big game on February 7, 2016. But, rest assured, the mere presence of Buick during the Super Bowl is big enough to garner some attention for the Cascada. That’s normally the case when you have a commercial in the world’s biggest sporting event, which is expected to be watched by over 115 million people in the U.S. alone.
The new ad is also considered the beginning of a very aggressive year for the company, one that will be highlighted by the release of three new models, including the Cascada, Buick’s first convertible model in 25 years. Later in the year, the American automaker has also scheduled the release of the redesigned LaCrosse and the Envision compact crossover.
But, before all three models are launched, Buick will be present at the big game for the first time in its long and storied history with a 30-second spot that reportedly costs $5 million. It’s never been in this position before so the fact that the company is willing to spend all that money for a commercial is proof that it wants to start the year off on a high note and ride that wave of momentum throughout the year.
With the Cascada, LaCrosse, and Envision all due this year, there’s no better time and place for Buick to showcase to the global community that it’s back and is well on its way to become the automotive force it once was.
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The first production open-top model wearing the trishield logo since the 1990 Reatta Convertible, the all-new 2016 Buick Cascada, has just been unveiled at the North American International Auto Show. Europeans and Australians may feel like they are having a deja-vu while looking at the new model, but that is completely understandable since the Cascada has already been selling under the Opel, Vauxhall and Holden badges since 2013. Even though the new convertible was unveiled in January 2015 for U.S. consumption, the production variant will take some time to reach showrooms, with Buick announcing that it will actually go on sale in early 2016, or the same year that its European counterpart may be heading toward a mid-cycle facelift.
Nevertheless, the simple fact that Buick is finally getting a cabriolet model in its lineup again may actually lift some spirits. "The new, 2016 Buick Cascada is a beautiful, engaging convertible that represents the very best of the brand’s global development practices," said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. "It’s a car that will delight customers with its fun spirit and help drive the momentum that’s fueling Buick’s success." Despite being almost as long as the Buick Regal/Opel Insignia, the all-new Cascada is actually based on GM’s Delta II platform, which is shared with the Buick Verano/Opel Astra/Chevrolet Cruze.
Still, the car offers a 2+2 seating arrangement that should prove satisfactory for four adults, especially if they are on the smaller side. Its electro-hydraulic soft-top can be retracted in just 17 seconds and at speeds up to 31 mph, making for a rather classy way of exposing its interior to the sun, while the only engine available so far is a turbocharged, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder that develops 200 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque.
Updated 09/23/2015: Buick announced that the all-new Cascada will be put on sale at a starting price of $33,990. According to the company the 2016 Cascada is $3,535 cheaper and offers more standard features compared to German cars like the Audi A3 Convertible.
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Mostly known for turning classic SUVs and trucks such as the Toyota FJ, the Ford Bronco, and the Chevrolet 3100 into modern off-roaders or hot rods, ICON also spends time building rat rod-like vehicles as part of its Derelicts line. The Los Angeles shop buys "as found" vintage car bodies and mounts them on modern chassis and drivetrains, while adding various creature comforts. The latest tarnished jewel to join ICON’s Derelicts lineup is a 1948 Buick Super Convertible, and the final product, a rusty sleeper that can smoke most modern-day BMWs and Porsches, just arrived in Jay Leno’s famous garage for a full review.
ICON used a new Art Morrison chassis complete with an independent front suspension and a four-link rear suspension, as well as JRI shocks and a 20-to-1 rack and pinion power steering system. But the most spectacular feature of this Derelict is under its hood, where ICON dropped a Corvette ZR1-sourced, supercharged, 6.2-liter LS9 V-8 engine. The mill cranks out 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque through a Supermatic 4L85E automatic and a set of Z-rated, BF Goodrich G-Force tires. No wonder this massive convertible can do burnouts now. Check it out in detail in Leno’s 18-minute review above.
About 10 years ago, Buick showcased the 2004 Velite concept at the 2004 New York Auto Show. It was a roadster study designed by Bertone that followed the Bengal, a much more impressive concept in terms of styling, but one that was never considered to be a viable production vehicle. The Velite was introduced as a more practical version of the Bengal, but it never became a production car. Now a decade later, GM has filed a trademark application with United States Patent & Trademark Office for the term "Velite."
The manufacturer filed the application on November 19th, 2014, under the "Goods and Services" category for "motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles, sport utility vehicles, trucks, vans, engines therefor and structural parts thereof." GM previously applied for the trademark back in 2011 and although it has not been granted, it has received a fifth extension to submit a Statement of Use document. The office allows applicants a total of six extensions to submit the Statement of Use, which means GM is about to use the trademark in real-world product.
So what are we looking at then? First and foremost, the nameplate will likely be used for a Buick vehicle. Then there’s the Velite concept’s roadster configuration, which suggests Buick might introduce a convertible. That being said, there’s only one viable option at the moment, and that’s the rebadged Opel Cascada, a vehicle rumored to cross the pond with a Buick badge since 2013.
Expected to arrive Stateside for the 2016 model year, the U.S.-spec Cascada, or the Buick Velite if we can already call it that, will look nearly identical to its European sibling and feature the company’s trademark waterfall front grille.
Note: Opel Cascada pictured here.
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The world of restomodding is something like walking a tightrope. There have been a lot of advances in automotive technology over the years, but trying to incorporate them into an older car without wrecking the aesthetic can be difficult. But some people have worked out the right formula for these kinds of things, and the folks at Icon are absolutely obsessive about it. It gets especially interesting with the Derelict series of cars, in which the exterior gives the appearance of not having been restored at all, but nearly everything else about the car has been changed and modernized.
The car started life as a 1948 Buick Super Convertible. It was found in barn in Pennsylvania and hadn’t been registered since the ’70s. The Super had been a thoroughly mainstream car for Buick in its day, a full-sized but not excessively expensive car that sold in huge numbers. So even today it isn’t especially rare, and when Icon CEO Jonathan Ward found the car while actually searching for a different Buick, he bought it right away, despite not having a buyer lined up yet. The modifications have been extensive, to say the very least, but the car still looks every bit like a barn find.
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During a live webchat, Buick’s marketing chief Rover McCormack revealed some future plans for the company. It seems the automaker is looking into a coupe and a convertible model.
Buick has a big hit on their hands with the new 2011 Regal and it seems the company isn’t done with it just yet. McCormack said that a coupe version of the Regal was receiving “very strong consideration”, according to EgmCartech.
McCormack then went on to suggest that, “We [Buick] are always looking for ways to excite our customers…I think a convertible would do just that.”
If that’s not a sure thing, we don’t know what is. While nothing was officially announced, McCormack’s words were all that we needed to hear.
McCormack also mentioned a wagon variant of the Regal, to finish out the model line. We have seen a few spy photographs of the Regal wagon on the roads.
We look forward to these new models and we hope that they look as good as the four-door Regal.
"Restrained extravagance" were the words that described the landmark Buick Velite concept nearly four years ago and they still apply today. With a sweeping, stylized exterior and a globally influenced passenger compartment, the Velite – a four-seat convertible – continues to characterize Buick vehicles of today.
In 2004, Buick displayed the Velite concept car, built for them by Bertone, at the New York Auto Show. Since then, the Velite’s look and its lines have been flowing into Buick’s production cars, both those face lifted and those which are all new. The just introduced Enclave crossover – which has sold so well that Buick dealers have had to institute waiting lists – is the first Buick to have its entire appearance modeled on the Velite theme. Word is, however, that the Velite will be more (...)
A powerful GM Performance Parts ZZ572 crate engine is the 620-horsepower heart of a beautifully restored 1964 Electra 225 – one of the famed Buick “Deuce-and-a-Quarter” full-size luxury vehicles that have achieved popularity with collectors and urban customizers. The ZZ572/620-powered Electra 225 was displayed among 11 new Buick Lucerne concepts at a special event held during the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) convention.
1938 Buick Y-Job
The 1938 Buick Y-Job is generally considered the industry’s first concept car. Created by General Motors Styling and Buick Engineering, it was designed by Harley J. Earl, GM’s first design chief, and built on a production Buick chassis modified by Charlie Chayne, then Buick’s chief engineer. Power was supplied by a Buick 320 cubic inch straight 8.