General Motors (GM) has perfected plans to start importing Chinese-made vehicles, particularly the Buick Envision, which is a middle-sized SUV for sales in the US, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.
The vehicles are manufactured in the Shandong province of China, and importing the Buick Envision SUV for marketing in the US will make the vehicle the third SUV to be added to Buick’s lineup in the United States. Moreover, this might underscore the point that crossover vehicles are getting popular among auto customers in the US market.
If the plan goes through, GM might become the first big US car manufacturer to market Chinese-made vehicles in the United States. To this extent, it is expected that GM might start with importing between 30,000 to 40,000 vehicles annually as starters.
To this extent, this development might affect the production line of GM vis-à-vis its importation plans, and it might also trigger other automakers in the US to toe the same line. Several other car manufacturers in the world are slowly shifting attention to Chinese automakers and bringing Chinese-made vehicles back for sales in the US and Europe.
There had been concerns that Chinese-made vehicles would not sell in the US out of fear for quality issues, but Volvo Car Corp put these fears aside and imported sedans produced in car plants across China – selling them in the US and making very good sales and winning rising customers.
It must, however, be pointed out that Volvo is owned by the Zhejiang Geely Holdings Group Co., based in China.
Buick’s Enclave crossover and the Encore subcompact crossover are already selling very well in the US, and it is estimated that adding the Buick Envision to the US lineup would enable GM among other automakers to accept other premium auto brands from China. To this end, Acura vehicles made by Honda and Lincoln cars made by Ford may be considered for sales in the US.
Made by GM, Chevrolet is fast rising in the US market and GM’s Buick is declining in sales because Chevrolet is sort of taking over. Then, newer models of Buick are getting a comeback in the US. However, people love Buick in the US and it is one of the most rising brands in China.
Crossovers and mid-SUVs are boosting the growth of Buick again in US markets.