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 Opel Cascada - First of its kind

Jan 29, 2013

  • First mid-size convertible engineered and built by Opel
  • Opel exclusive mid-size convertibles popular in the 60s


Opel News - A standard feature for all Cascada, it can also be opened via remote control. This is combined with a generous luggage compartment that holds up to 380 liters of cargo – the greatest value in the mid-size convertible segment.

Rüsselsheim.  Heading to the top of Opel’s line-up, the Cascada is a mid-size convertible not only by size (length: 4.70 m) but also by its allure and the premium technologies and features it offers. With its elongated, elegant silhouette and streamlined soft-top, the Opel Cascada – due to debut in early March at the Geneva Motor Show – relates to the timeless tradition of classic convertibles. But it’s the first of its kind for Opel: this is the first time in 70 years that Opel has developed a mid-size convertible and will produce it in its own facilities. The most popular convertibles from Opel in the last decades were affordable compact Kadett and Astra models – from the 1976 Kadett C Aero and 1987 E Cabrio up to three generations of Astra between 1993 and 2010.

 

Opel News - A conversion from the Cologne-based coachbuilder Karl Deutsch: the Opel Rekord C convertible boasts classical beauty with a touch of sportiness

With the ambitious Cascada, Opel actually relates in a new, refreshing way and with the best of modern technologies to an older and somewhat exclusive tradition of four-seat soft-top convertibles from the fifties and sixties like the Kapitän and the Rekord. However, most of these bigger convertibles were not built by Opel, but converted and sold in very limited quantities by specialized German coachbuilders such as Autenrieth or Karl Deutsch. Outsourcing convertible production was a common practice at the time. More currently, the Kadett E Cabrio and two Astra Cabrio generations were also produced externally by the Italian coachbuilder Carozzeria Bertone.

 

Opel News - An elegant four-seat convertible with premium appeal, the Opel Cascada is offered with exclusive Brandy seats in Nappa leather. Many powertrain combinations are possible, including the all-new 1.6 SIDI Turbo ECOTEC gasoline engine with 125 kW/170 hp. And even more power will be available soon.

A mid-size convertible, the new Opel Cascada is in territory otherwise exclusive to premium manufacturers. True to Opel values, it offers open-air elegance, standard premium chassis, safety and soft-top technologies as well as a new generation powertrain at a much more attractive price than any other mid-size convertible.