Chinese Built GM's May Be Exported To America

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
chinese built gms may be exported to america

News of GM potentially exporting cars from China to the United States in the near future has some wondering if the General will be the first OEM to sell Chinese made cars in the United States. One can have a diverse array of opinions on the political, social and economic impact of such a move, but from a product standpoint, it may not be such a bad thing.

Talk of GM exports comes from this Autoblog article, where GM China President Bob Socia was asked about new plants providing exports to America.

“It could very well happen. It could very well happen. You know, I’m not sharing any plans with you, but we try to keep open as to what makes sense. And Tim [Lee – GM’s president of international operations] is the right guy to talk about your manufacturing footprint. If it make sense to tool up a vehicle in one location as opposed to two, from an economic perspective, Tim will say that’s what we should be doing. We’re open to be doing that. There’s no reason why we can’t be exporting to the States, and obviously the States are exporting here.”

GM’s ventures in China have yielded some good fruit. The current generation Buick Lacrosse was largely developed by SAIC for world markets and has been a success for Buick. The GM-SAIC venture itself is regarded as perhaps the best JV in China, thanks largely to GM’s expertise and willingness to share technology and resources.

TTAC has also sampled the Chinese made Honda Fit, currently sold in Canada, and there was no appreciable difference in quality between it and other Japanese-made Fits that we’ve sampled. GM’s biggest hurdle may involve the optics of imported Chinese cars, rather than any major gaps in quality.

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  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Apr 25, 2013

    Some might not like the idea of GMs built in China. But it should work out okay. GM will not break Buick from the company, it has a reputable name in China. China is the future and where the money will be.

  • Art  Vandelay Art Vandelay on Apr 25, 2013

    Nope...too much political red meat for the right if the bailout poster company starts selling cars made in China even if it somehow adds American jobs.

  • BrianL BrianL on Apr 26, 2013

    It may start with GM doing it, but it certainly won't end there. The Honda Fit is already made in China and going to Canada. I am actually surprised it hasn't been been sent to the US already, or if it has and no one has really reported it. But, with the dollar falling every day, it will make less and less sense to do this. But, when the Yuan starts appreciating, which it will one day, China is going to have some serious issues changing its economy around when it produces a huge amount of goods, but doesn't consume near as many.

  • TomHend TomHend on Apr 27, 2013

    China is the enemy.