Tuesday, May 17, 2011

2012 Opel Zafira




The 3rd generation Zafira is finally here.

After tons of spy shots and various illustrations, and a concept version a while ago.

Here is the real thing. And it looks really good. Much better than the Ford Grand C-Max (Sold here as "just" the C-Max).

I am not sure how modern GM wants to turn Buick, but this would be a great addition to the US brand.
There are now rumors that the really cool looking Opel Astra Coupe might actually make it as a Buick here next year.
So this new Zafira would not be out of place in a Buick showroom.

There is hope.

9 comments:

SalvatoreBellomo said...

Thanks Vince. Am I the only one who thinks that gm should scrap Buick and bring Opel to the states?

Anonymous said...

This thing is butt-ugly.

Anonymous said...

You're not the only one. Buick is sourcing new products from Opel, but Opel's entire range appeals more to a younger US demographic. And let's face it, GM is never going to get pre-gray hair people to buy a Buick. Bring them over as Opels. I hear there are lot of empty used Saturn dealerships available.

Rick said...

Does Buick really need a minivan? Why not badge it as a Chevy?

FuioptimaSX said...

This would fit in nicely with Buick, but I see it more as a more luxurious option when compared to the Mazda 5 and Ford (Grand) C-Max. One problem is justifying a higher price w/o a chevy version around. We don't even have the Orlando.

SalvatoreBellomo said...

I'm not saying i would buy this exact car, but the boomerang head lights are hot. The car looses allot when you slap that cheesy Buick plastic grill and emblem on front. Bring a new exciting brand. Even the Opel version of the volt looks a million times better then the chevy! They are trying to pump excitement into a brand that will never be exciting, just as they did with Saturn

Anonymous said...

Hopefully GM won't put the cheezy Buick grille onto this. This van is really hot. But I do not like the Sienna tail lamps at all. I really am tired of the pixelated LED clusters. It would be great if automakers would move onto another fad.

Anonymous said...

Does Buick really need a minivan?

Yes, they do. The minivan is quietly replacing the Grand Marquis/98/New Yorker/Electra niche as a luxury family vehicle. If you don't believe it--go sit inside a $40,000+++ Town & Country or Sienna.

FuioptimaSX said...

That's the first time I've heard someone complain about the "pixelated" LED cluster. Now I know I'm not alone! Those lights can take up any shape now, look at what they did to the Montego/Sable!...but that's possibly a bad example due to bleached light syndrome.