Companies in the U.S. sell almost everything in the consumer space imported from China, but when it comes to automobiles, they generally avoid that due to the negative perception in terms of quality. Volvo was the first global automaker to go against that perception by selling a China-made Volvo S60 in the country. The Swedish automaker started shipping Volvo S60 Inscription (Volvo S60L) to the U.S. in May. Now General Motors is planning to become the first mainstream auto giant to sell China-made cars in the States.
It was reported in July that the Buick Envision could be introduced in the U.S. by fall 2016. Now a report from Wall Street Journal states that GM plans to start selling the Buick Envision in the country by early 2016. The premium brand’s third crossover/SUV segment product would be imported from Shanghai GM’s plant in Shangdong province in China. The company expects to import somewhere between 30,000-40,000 units annually in the beginning. The Buick Enclave would continue being the brand’s only U.S.-built model in the segment, as the Buick Encore is also imported from South Korea.
The Buick Envision is based on GM’s new global compact platform – D2XX. The mid-size crossover is offered with a 1.5-litre SIDI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 124 kW (166 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb.-ft.) of torque, and a 2.0-litre SIDI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 191 kW (256 hp) and 353 Nm (260 lb.-ft.) of torque. The latter could be offered stateside, among others if any.
[Source: Wall Street Journal]