Following on from Holden’s announcement in May 2014 that the Opel Cascada, the Opel Astra GTC three-door, Opel Astra OPC hot-hatch and Opel Insignia OPC would find their way into Australia in 2015, CarAdvice has spotted a Holden badge wearing Opel Cascada in Melbourne.
Holden’s Cascada will be the first convertible to grace the Holden lineup in almost 8 years, since the demise of the Holden Astra Twin Top in 2009.
The dark purple coloured Holden Cascada photographed in Melbourne follows on from exclusive photographs of a right-hand-drive Opel Corsa VXR we snapped in Melbourne a little over a week ago.
The smart looking convertible seats four people and judging by the space behind the driver and passenger seats in our photographs, the rear occupants will have enough room, as opposed to some other vehicles in this segment.
Train spotters will recognise some interior components as those fitted to the VF Commodore, such as the steering wheel, park brake switch and the steering wheel mounted stalks.
In Europe, the Cascada is available with six engines; ranging from an 88kW 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol, right through to a 147kW 2.0-litre bi-turbocharged diesel engine that sips just 5.2L/100km. Australia is likely to only get the automatic models, which are available in a 125kW direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and a 121kW turbocharged diesel four-cylinder and come with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
There are exciting times ahead for Holden’s local operation and following our chat with General Motors executive vice president and president of GM International Operations (GMIO), Stefan Jacoby last year, he said the news is proof that GM wants Holden to remain a top-tier player in the Australian market.
“Holden is one of the strongest brands in Australia and the introduction of the Astra, Cascada and Insignia to the portfolio in 2015 will be a great addition,” Jacoby said.
“We are determined to offer Australian and New Zealand customers the best possible products that we can source from our global operations, as we build a strong future for Holden.
“It’s critical we focus on consumer and market-driven product strategies that enable global scale while engaging customers at a local-market level. The Astra, Cascada and Insignia are proof positive of our strategy,” Jacoby said.