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General Motors Co.’s Buick brand Thursday teased a rendering of its new exhibit at the North American International Auto Show, showing a convertible perched prominently upon a swooping arch.

Buick would not comment on what is shown in the rendering, but analysts expect to see Buick debut a new Cascada convertible at the show.

GM’s former CEO Dan Akerson in 2013 said he thought the Opel Cascada convertible would be a nice addition to the Buick lineup in the United States. GM has discussed synergies for the Opel brand sold in Europe and Buick in the United States.

The automaker’s Buick brand also has a new middle-of-the-show-floor location at the Detroit auto show this year, located near the Cadillac, Acura and Infiniti luxury brands.

Buick sold a record nearly 1.2 million vehicles globally last year. Buick brand sales worldwide rose 13.4 percent to 1.17 million vehicles, led by growth in China and North America. Sales jumped 13.5 percent in China, rose 11.4 percent in the U.S., soared 31 percent in Canada and 21.8 percent in Mexico.

Buick currently sells the Verano, LaCrosse and Regal sedans and small and large Encore and Enclave SUVs in the United States.

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