GM aplies for Patent on Opel Insignia OPC in China

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GM applied for patent on the Opel Insignia OPC in China. Note the missing logo, they won’t sell it branded as ‘Opel’. The Insignia is made in China by Shanghai-GM and sold as Buick Regal, so any fast version would likely be branded Buick as well. But there is something strange with the front of the car…

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Patent drawing number two.

Opel Insignia OPC, exactly the same fromt as the patent drawing, except for logo.

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The Buick Regal GS concept that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

China-made Buick Regal.

So what to make of that? The answer is likely in the numbers. The OPC/GS is a nichemodel that won’t find many buyers in China, but does get buyers in the showroom who then drive away with a 1.6.

So GM won’t build any OPC/GS in China, simply because it’s not worth the trouble. GM will instead get the Opel Insignia OPC straight from Germany and rebadge it as a Buick GS.

The Buick Regal is now in production in the US as well, but the GS ain’t yet.

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