The 2016 IntelliLink infotainment system has a faster processor, enhanced navigation and mapping, and support for Apple CarPlay, which should make Buick and GMC car buyers very happy.
I used to own a decrepit 1968 Buick Skylark convertible. Though it was a rolling wreck, it reminded me of my childhood — driving with my father in his new Skylark, whizzing down the Pacific Coast Highway with the top down and the heater on. So it was with great pleasure that I took the keys to a new 2016 Buick Cascada, the company's first new two-door drop top in 25 years. The Buick convertible is back!
To a great number of Americans, the quintessential spring break involves cruising a Miami Beach, taking in the sun with the top down, picking up some friends, and maybe heading out to Key West. While the Cascada has the goods to fulfill that fantasy, we’re not entirely convinced that it’s the sort of car that everyday drivers will.
I love a good convertible. Then there’s the Buick Cascada. General Motors’ rebadged Opel convertible wants you to feel the breeze, but it’s more a breath of stale air. Buick is actually doing a decent job of reinventing itself, especially with the Encore, the nation’s surprise best-seller among subcompact crossovers. But the Cascada’s “good-enough” approach recalls the bad-old, pre-bankruptcy General Motors. It’s a stopgap and a showroom filler, a car GM brought over from its European Opel division because it could, not because of any pressing need – corporate, consumer or otherwise.
Buick, Baojun and Cadillac brands post sales gains from April 2015.
The Cascada compact 2+2 convertible exemplifies a lot of what’s going right for Buick. It’s essentially a twin of a car General Motors’ European Opel brand began selling in 2013. Buick is a major beneficiary of the globalization of GM’s engineering and vehicle-development processes. Opel developed the Cascada using GM’s global architecture, which also underpins the closely related Opel Astra and Buick Verano compacts.
For the 2016 model year, Buick once again enters the convertible market with the all-new Cascada. Sleek and sophisticated, the Cascada looks ready and willing to deliver high style motoring in traditional European grand touring style.
Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers delivered 26,596 vehicles in April 2016. Calendar year-to-date total sales are up 8 percent and retail sales are up 10 percent.
General Motors is trying to get as much use as possible out of the current-generation Chevrolet Volt's plug-in hybrid powertrain. A very similar version without the plug is used in the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid now going on sale—and the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid and Chinese-market Buick Lacrosse Hybrid powertrains derive from it as well.
General Motors delivered 200,656 vehicles in April to individual or “retail” customers, up 3 percent year-over-year, driven by an 13 percent increase at Buick, 5 percent increase at GMC and a 4 percent increase at Chevrolet. GM’s Commercial deliveries were up for the 30th consecutive month while daily rental sales were down nearly 18,000 vehicles. GM total sales were down about 4 percent to 259,557 vehicles.