2015 Buick Regal GS – Review and Test Drive
My parents often spoke wistfully of an Opel they had owned when I was a child. It was an Opel Commodore sedan, a larger and more luxurious version of the Rekord. It had gotten them out of trouble more than once (apparently my father made a wrong turn and drove up a goat path once) and achieved a kind of mythic status in their eyes.
Why didn’t we have Opels available in America, I wondered, since they were so plentiful in Germany. It turns out that Opels were available in the United States from 1958 through 1975, at Buick dealers of all things, but that was before my time.
Today, however, one can go to a Buick dealer and get a rebadged Opel Insignia in the guise of a Buick Regal. Indeed, the first Regals were built alongside the Insignia at the Opel plant in Rüsselheim, Germany although they are currently being assembled at the GM plant in Oshawa, Canada. (Opel fans can further rejoice as the Buick Verano is a version of the Opel Astra and the subcompact Buick Encore is based on the Opel Mokka.)
The Buick Regal GS, known as the Opel Insignia OPC in its home market, may very well be the best handling car available from GM today.
INSIDE AND OUT: THE BUICK REGAL GS
While I’m normally not a huge fan of white cars (in Germany, white is derisively referred to as Kühlschrankweiß or kitchen cabinet white), the White Diamond Tricoat was stunning. The four-door sedan is handsome and my only complaint is an overly busy rear end punctuated by a piece of chrome that sweeps across.
The front – with its Buick signature waterfall grille (which first made an appearance in the 1940s) – makes it look like every other Buick in the stable but I find the Opel Insignia’s more modern look more appealing.