Made-in-China Buick Envision CUV Makes Its American Debut

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Everything seems to be made in China these days, and the 2017 Buick Envision is one of the latest products from our friends to the east to make it onto U.S. soil.

Buick’s new compact crossover made its American debut at the Detroit Auto Show, and it’s such an interesting product because it’s the first made-in-China car to be imported by a Big Three automaker. Buick hopes to sell 30,000 to 40,000 units a year, which is really optimistic. The Envision has had strong sales in China, but Buick has had trouble replicating that type of success at home.

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The Envision fills the gap in Buick’s product lineup in between the munchkin Encore and the larger Enclave. The Envision will try to compete with luxury crossovers like the Acura RDX (sold 51,026 units last year) and the Lincoln MKC (sold 24,590 units in 2015).

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The crossover has a six-speed automatic transmission and uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with stop/start that makes 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It is also the first Buick to use a twin-clutch all-wheel drive system and has active grille shutters that can open and close depending on the car’s speed to enhance aerodynamics. Interestingly, premium fuel is suggested but not required.

Lane keep assist, tri-zone climate control, heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel will come standard, while an automatic parking function, a panoramic moonroof, ventilated front seats and a 360-degree camera system will be optional.

The Envision is expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the later half of 2016. Expect pricing and more details to be announced closer to its official launch.

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  • Naang Phet

    Buick should try to compete with crv rav4 rogue and escape. Anything higher is simply stupid for this crap brand from us of a.

  • Hannibal Dobbs

    It will be a cold day in hell before I buy a Buick made in China !

  • Hannibal Dobbs

    $1.65 per hour. The wage in China for this car. So realistically the price of this car should be around $8,500.00,

  • Hannibal Dobbs

    18 suicide at the Apple China Foxconn factory past two years. NETS had to be installed around the entire building in China for future attempts of jumping suicide.
    Sorry GM. This Buick is not going to make it. Made in China? Give me a break.

  • John Zofko III

    Why is it that car photographers for these articles refuse to take pictures of the Side of the vehicle… They all want the front, rear, the quarter… None of the pictures look interesting to me… My 12 year old son takes pictures like this.

  • John Zofko III

    Labor is not the only a small portion of the price of a vehicle, there is R&D, testing, shipping, materials, insurance (for recalls) and a myriad of other things that are rolled up into it. If it takes 12 hours for a car to roll down the assembly line and on average you have 4 workers on each car at all times if they make $30 per hour that is only $1,440 per vehicle…

  • John Zofko III

    I do not care if the car is made in China… What I see as the major problem is the quality control. China is notorious for taking shortcuts… If they want a better product there better be one heck of a QC department here checking over each car.. Nothing worse than getting a new car only to have it be missing a few screws.

  • Hannibal Dobbs

    Having traveled extensively throughout SE Asia. The quality control on anything made in China is hit or miss. And that could be one vehicle or a batch of vehicles. Never mind the quality control of all of the components that go into a car. Henry Ford mastered vertical integration. Now all is horizontal integration. Who knows what components will be crap. What? Wait and see. For a big bucks Buick? I don’t even buy tires made in China for any of my 3 USA manufactured vehicles. Never mind a whole car. Sweatshop labor. No workers rights. Long days. Long shifts. Good God. Some marketing genius at GM came up with this plan. If I am going to pay big bucks for any US car I want it made in USA or Canada. End of story. Junk.

  • Aaron

    Looks like the death of GM. GM buyers are typically loyalists only that want US made products. Not only will those people not buy that car, they will likely make the switch to Ford. Executives sure are ignorant.