Report: Buick May Import Envision Crossover Direct from China
It’s been two years since Buick first introduced the Envision crossover in China, and it’s been a major contributor to the brand’s sales successes ever since. Around the time of the Envision’s launch, Buick asked some of its dealers in the United States what they’d think about having the Envision in their showrooms, leading many to believe that the Envision would join the Encore and Enclave in America.
It hasn’t happened yet, and according to Automotive News, there’s concern among analysts and dealers that the Envision is missing a significant window of opportunity. Still, Buick intends to introduce the Envision to the US market sometime within the next 12-16 months, and it’s a likely scenario that it will be imported directly from China. This would make it only the second vehicle ever to be imported from China to the United States.
It’s noted, however, that importing the Envision from China won’t come without complications, particularly as it relates to ongoing negotiations with the UAW and the ongoing struggle to match the ever-increasing demand for the Envision in China. According to sales forecasts, GM would need to increase Envision production by 20% or more.
Buick President Duncan Aldred maintains that he would like to see the Envision fit into the brand’s plans in the future. So would we.
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