Perhaps the best news regarding the Regal is that with GM firmly in the driver's seat at Opel, it won't be left to rot on our shores. Although GM would technically have maintained its connection to Opel's significant engineering resources under a deal with Magna, it's hard to imagine that the new owners would have given as much thought to the North American market -- or to Regal updates.
Now the Regal's future will be determined solely by its success. That success will depend largely on Buick's ability to attract younger, more affluent mid-size-car buyers and, of course, on how well the car drives. We'll have some more insight on the last matter when we preview the car on the road next week. Stay tuned.