DETROIT -- Opel's Adam minicar and Cascada convertible would look awfully nice in Buick's U.S. showrooms. At least that's what the head of General Motors thinks.
During an investor conference at GM's suburban Detroit proving grounds this month, CEO Dan Akerson lamented the decision by GM ahead of its 2009 bankruptcy -- and before he took over -- to develop the two cars for the Chinese market but not for the United States.
The addition of those vehicles "would help Buick in this market and in China in terms of demographics," Akerson said.
The Adam, which arrived in European showrooms in January, is aimed at fans of the Fiat 500 and Mini Cooper.
The 11,500 euro (about $15,350) hatchback has been praised by Europe's enthusiast magazines.
The two-door, four-seat Cascada is built on the same platform as the Buick Verano compact sedan. It's priced at 24,945 euros (about $33,300).
After unveiling the Cascada at the Geneva auto show in March, GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky told Automotive News that the convertible is an "expensive" halo car that "would have to be amalgamated for the U.S., which adds cost and complexity."
GM executives continue to hint at fresh product for Buick's U.S. lineup, which already has received two new nameplates in the past 18 months: the Verano sedan and Encore small crossover.
Last month, GM North America President Mark Reuss told Automotive News that Buick is ready for "something special," citing a convertible, a coupe or a flagship sedan as possibilities.