Citing forecasting firms LMC Automotive and AutoForecast Solutions, Automotive News is reporting that General Motors will eliminate the Buick Regal sedan in the U.S. market and replace it with a five-door hatchback and wagon.
The two new Regal models will be sourced from Opel, with rebadged versions of the Insignia Grand Sport hatchback and Insignia Sports Tourer wagon to be produced at its Ruesselsheim plant in Germany. Both cars recently debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
While cutting the Regal sedan from the Buick lineup is viewed as an aggressive move, it’s not entirely surprising given two years of declining sales and the marque’s increasing emphasis on crossovers and SUVs. Production of the sedan at GM’s Oshawa, Ontario plant is expected to end this year.
The 2018 Buick Regal is set to be unveiled on April 4 at GM’s Warren Technical Center, one week in advance of its first public appearance at the New York Auto Show.
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