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2013 Opel Cascada Officially Unveiled

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Opel has taken the wraps off the 2013 Opel Cascada convertible, which will be released in early 2013.

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Opel has taken the wraps off the 2013 Opel Cascada convertible, which will be released in early 2013. The Opel Cascada is a four-seater convertible with a soft top, which Opel describes as a return an older tradition of prestigious and rare midsize, four-seat soft-top convertibles from the fifties and sixties.

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Thomas Sedran, Deputy Chairman of Adam Opel Management Board: “The midsize cabriolet segment is only occupied by very high-priced cars from premium manufacturers. With the Cascada, Opel offers all the typical features and premium qualities of a midsize convertible, but at an affordable price. The Cascada rounds off Opel’s product offensive: in 2012 and 2013, we’re enhancing our portfolio and entering all-new segments, with the electric Ampera, the small SUV Mokka, the fashionable, urban ADAM, and now this midsize convertible.”

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The Opel Cascada is based on the Opel Astra. The Cascada provides a sharp driving experience thanks to its super-rigid body, HiPerStrut front suspension and FlexRide adaptive damping system. Its driver and passengers can enjoy the open-air feeling thanks to the premium soft top that can be opened at the touch of a button in 17 seconds while driving at speeds of up to 31 mph.

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Under the hood buyers can choose between a 1.4L or 1.6L gasoline engine and a 2.0L diesel. Opel is promising more powerful versions of both gasoline and diesel engines at a later stage.

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It’s been rumored that both the Opel Astra GTC Coupe and Cascada could make it to the US under the Buick brand.

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