Hot cars and beautiful women are often associated with Alpha males on the rise with an abundance of cash who love to lavish it on and show off their feminine prize.
As women continue to comprise the larger portion of the college educated market with higher paying jobs and increased purchasing power, the hot car is still there, but the while the Alpha male may still be desirable, he’s completely optional.
One such car that has recently been designed to capture the amorous attention of today’s upwardly mobile cosmopolitan woman is the Buick Cascada.
Buick is an international modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors and thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models in North America and China.
Let’s go for a sexy drive.
At the fun and propelling site autobytel.com they go vroom. “Buick is not shy about courting women with the all-new 2016 Cascada convertible, but so far, the brand’s latest offering is delivering on its promises of carefree open-air driving. The Cascada’s styling is sharper than many shoppers might expect from the Buick nameplate (the secret: it’s borrowed from General Motors’ international Opel brand) and offers an enjoyable ride for four passengers.
The convertible top goes up or down quickly, in just about 17 seconds, and can be activated while the car’s cruising at about 30 mph for fast and easy climate changes. A turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine comes with a six-speed auto transmission and makes 200 horsepower. Buick’s also loaded the Cascada with plenty of active safety features, to help alleviate any concerns over its crash-worthiness.”
Okay, they certainly have our attention.
Why the persistence in creativity?
At goldenstatenewspapers.com they share, “Maybe you’ve seen the TV ads with the confused people who can’t find the Buick because it doesn’t look like a Buick. Now that General Motors is down to three car brands (Cadillac, Chevrolet and Buick), Buick essentially has to fill the shoes of at least Oldsmobile, and maybe part of Pontiac. The Cascada tries very hard to do this.”
With all of this excitement spreading, what does the host have to say? They dynamic car company at buick.com smiles, “The 2016 Buick Cascada expands the brand’s portfolio with a dynamic, stylish convertible that uses innovative powertrain and chassis technologies to complement the driving experience.
“The new, 2016 Buick Cascada is a beautiful, engaging convertible that represents the very best of the brand’s global development practices,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “It’s a car that will delight customers with its fun spirit and help drive the momentum that’s fueling Buick’s success.”
The Cascada’s 2+2 configuration offers comfortable room for four adults, with an expressive driving experience rooted in a rigid body structure – and strong performance from a 200-horsepower (149 kW) turbocharged engine.
And when it comes to dropping the top on a whim, it lowers in only 17 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. When it’s up, superior thermal and acoustic insulation contribute to driving comfort.
Cascada’s top-down driving experience is priced at $33,990 (including destination charge, but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees) and offers more standard content and a lower MSRP than Audi A3 Cabriolet.”
Super. Powerful. Exciting. Exhilarating.
Ladies are you listening?
The popular site bigstory.ap.org is very excited. “Buick's first convertible for the U.S. market in 25 years is a stylish, comfortable, soft-top cruiser that's reasonably priced, seats up to four people and has an expandable trunk.”
That standard content includes:
- Buick’s sophisticated HiPer Strut front suspension and responsive Watts Z-link suspension in the rear
- Six-speed automatic transmission
- High-intensity discharge, articulating headlamps and front LED daytime running lamps; and LED taillamps
- Automated, spring-loaded and pyrotechnically activated rollover bars behind the rear seat that are linked to the air bag system
- Buick IntelliLink with a 7-inch-diagonal color touch screen featuring Text Message Alerts, Siri Eyes Free for Apple phones with an iOS 6 or newer operating system
- Navigation radio and seven-speaker premium audio system
- OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot
- Rear Vision camera
- Remote vehicle starter
- Dual-zone climate control
- Front and rear 12-volt power outlets
- Heat-reflective leather-appointed seating
- Heated front seats with eight-way power adjustments
- Heated, leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel
- Twenty-inch aluminum wheels with bi-color finish
- Electric power steering
- Rear Park Assist
They continue, “Designed from the outset as a convertible, the Buick Cascada has a flowing, sculpted profile, with fast-raked A-pillars that convey a wind-in-the-hair flair. When lowered, the top folds neatly and completely beneath a hard tonneau behind the rear seats, giving the car a pure open-air aesthetic.
“The Cascada’s design blends the suggestion of speed with sophisticated and uncompromising details,” said Holt Ware, Buick exterior design director. “Most convertibles are designed from existing coupes or sedans, meaning stowage of the top is an afterthought, but not this Buick. It looks handsome and has a premium appearance when the top is lowered – and a perfect, seamless profile when it’s up.”
The windswept exterior design is further accentuated with a sweeping body-side line and sleek headlamps that flow into the front fenders, with Buick’s signature wing-shape light-emitting diode (LED) daytime running lights delivering a distinctive appearance.
Chrome trim bridges between the wing-shaped taillights, which are also LED-lit.
The rear deck lid opens rearward to accommodate the folding softtop. The electro-hydraulic power roof system features multilayer construction – including acoustic and thermal barriers – designed for a comfortable ride in various conditions.
Inside, a thoughtfully trimmed and comprehensively equipped cabin reflects Buick’s renaissance. The instrument panel is wrapped with soft-touch material featuring authentic stitching, while heated front seats and steering wheel offer comfort in colder weather conditions.
An electronic rear-seat entry system automatically powers the front seats forward by simply pressing the seatback forward. It moves the seats back when the seatback is returned to the upright position. Additionally, electric safety belt presenters use telescopic arms to slide the upper front safety belt assemblies from behind the front seat into closer reach for easier buckling.
The Cascada also has plenty of storage space for the trappings of a weekend getaway, including 13.4 cubic feet of cargo room with the top up and 9.8 cubic feet with the top down. It also has as a 22.4-inch x 12.6-inch (320 mm x 570 mm) pass-through from the trunk to the passenger compartment. When the 50/50-split rear seat is folded, longer items such as skis and wakeboards can be stowed inside.
Designed to protect and perform
The 2016 Buick Cascada features a uniquely reinforced structure designed to complement its refined appearance and enhance its versatility, while bolstering the car’s strength, rigidity and chassis precession.
Special features include spring-loaded, pyrotechnically activated roll bars behind the rear seats that are linked to the air bag system. When deployed, they extend approximately 14 inches (358 mm) to match the height of the windshield.
The body structure allows the top, its folding mechanism and the roll bar apparatus to be stowed below the car’s “belt line” and under a hard tonneau cover, for a smooth, uninterrupted profile. It also enhances cargo space by enabling the pass-through from the trunk to the passenger compartment.”
That is what gets us excited. Not only is it stylish and fun to drive, it’s carefully designed to protect the owner.
As she glides down the highway and traverses city streets, oh how that can make any beautiful young woman very happy.
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