It’s a good bet that Buick is looking at cars like the Opel Corsa to bring to the Unites States. Sales-wise, Buick is on fire and sales of their small crossover, the Buick Encore, are impressive. Small, (semi)luxurious vehicles with frugal powertrains may be exactly what Buick needs to maintain their rapid sales.
The Opel Corsa (or Vauxhall Corsa in the UK) is a small, frugal hatchback that’s available in three and five-door variants. It competes with the Ford Fiesta and has been rated as one of the best cars in its class overseas.
In Europe, you can get an Opel Corsa with an 89 horsepower, 1-liter, turbocharged three-cylinder engine that makes 125 lbs-feet of torque. There’s a 69 hp 1.2-liter, a 99 hp 1.4-liter and a few diesels, too. That 1-liter ECOTEC might be a proper challenger for Ford’s three-cylinder EcoBoost in the Ford Fiesta.
I’m not simply suggesting that Buick build a Ford Challenger. I think they could punch above their weight and take on vehicles like the MINI and FIAT 500 as well. Small, premium vehicles are beginning to proliferate local markets and that trend should continue.
Thus far, every Opel/Vauxhall that Buick has recently adapted for local roads has been well received. Prices in places like South Africa and the UK start between $17,000 and $21,000. That’s not much of an indication of what prices could be in the United States. I suspect Buick will only sell well-equipped models in North America. The Buick Verano bases at $23,700. Having an entry-level vehicle that comes in a few thousand less seems logical.
The Opel Corsa is a handsome vehicle with an interior design that looks premium, at least in these photos. Who knows? Maybe we’re looking at the next Buick Skylark?! Or, maybe not.
What do you think?
Speaking of fun Buicks, check out this video of the Buick Regal GS.
Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism – Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. His words, good humor and videos are enjoyed worldwide.