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Buick-badged droptop looks just like sporty Opel Cascada, sources say

DETROIT -- Buick dealers recently were given a sneak peek of a Buick-badged Opel Cascada convertible, which is slated for a U.S. launch in late 2015 as a '16 model.

Dealers were shown the droptop at a business meeting in suburban Detroit in mid-August, according to two people who attended. A General Motors spokesman declined to comment.

The sources said the two-door, four-seat car appeared to be nearly identical to the Opel version, which rides on the same platform as the Buick Verano compact sedan but is an inch longer and wider. "Cascada" is Spanish for "waterfall." The car has a folding soft-top roof.

Automotive News reported in July that GM was likely to bring a version of the sporty Cascada to the U.S.

GM officials did not discuss the car's powertrain lineup. In Europe, it is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, a 1.6-liter turbo or a 2.0-liter diesel.

GM executives have dropped hints about adding the Cascada to Buick's U.S. lineup, without committing to the idea.

You can reach Mike Colias at autonews@crain.com

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