The first China-built GM model will come to US next summer image

Buick confirmed that the first China-built GM car, the Envision crossover, will go on sale next summer in the US and it will be introduced at Detroit Auto Show.

There were some reports lately indicating that by 2017 most Buick’s US sales could be of models produced in either China or Europe. The confirmation has now come from Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick-GMC, who told Buick’s dealer council last week that by next summer the Envision small SUV will become the first General Motors model imported from China to be sold in the United States. The Envision is a necessary addition to the Buick range, as the crossover segment accounted for 40 percent of US auto sales in November and the demand for such cars are rapidly growing around the world. The four-door compact Envision will fill the Buick’s crossover gap between the Enclave and the Encore models.

However, this is a delicate subject to be touched, as it was fiercely debated during the recently concluded contract talks between General Motors and the UAW. Furthermore, it is known that GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler are increasingly moving small vehicle production outside the US. Such an example is the moving of the Buick Verano subcompact sedan production from Orion Township to Mexico. Cindy Estrada, vice president of the union’s General Motors department, called again on the automaker to live up to its pledge to build vehicles where it sells them. “The company should reconsider this decision and place this product into one of their facilities in the United States of America,” the union said in a statement attributed to President Dennis Williams and Estrada. “The men and women of GM who are so proud of their role in saving their own company deserve better and so do the American taxpayers who invested so much in GM’s future.”

Via Detroit Free Press