Opel Astra to spawn new small Buick

General Motors is mulling plans that could see the sixth-generation Opel Astra spawn a new compact Buick for sale in key markets, including North America and China. Nothing is official at this stage, but with General Motors' boss Fritz Henderson having paved the way for the sale of the loss making Saturn division there are strong indications the Buick line-up will be extended in coming years with a range of compact, fuel efficient models including rebadged versions of the new Astra in both hatchback and sedan bodystyles along with a third generation version of the Opel Zafira MPV due to reach European showrooms in 2010. The new Astra shares is Delta II underpinnings with the recently introduced Chevrolet Cruze, something that would provide General Motors with important economies of scale for any new compact Buick model. Watch this space!

Pictures above show fifth generation Opel Astra sedan and new sixth generation Opel Astra hatchback.

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