The United Automotive Workers union has been swift to criticize the rumored prospects of having General Motors’ Buick brand deliver models to the US from production bases in China and maybe Europe.
The latest reports from Automotive News and Reuters put the largest US automaker and its near-luxury brand en route to have a Buick crossover imported from China, while the Verano and Regal models could also be shifted from their current manufacturing base in the US to China in the near future. GM wants to deliver the Envision midsize crossover from China to the US – with industry experts counting on the move to happen sometime in the latter half of next year. “The Envision should be made in the U.S. by the workforce that saved GM in its darkest time,” commented Cindy Estrada, vice president of the UAW’s GM department. “GM should stand by its declaration that it will build where it sells,” adding the prospect of Chinese imports is “especially alarming” as the US is engaged in negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a pact between twelve nations.
The UAW union is against certain aspects of the proposed deal, such as having the president granted the authority of approving it without having the consent of the Congress. The UAW official added the recent reports will also be a point in the ongoing contract negotiations between the union and General Motors, which has been reaping massive profits from its North American operations. The Envision was introduced last year in China and has been popular and could also fit the US model lineup between the smaller Encore and large Enclave.
Via Automotive News Europe