By on August 20, 2015

 

Reuters is reporting that Buick will import most of its new models to North America from China and Europe by 2016. Only the mid-size that will eventually replace the LaCrosse and the large Enclave crossover will be built in America, both in Michigan.

Other Buick models, including the coming Cascada convertible and the small crossover Envision would come from Europe and China respectively. Production of the Verano would shift from Michigan to China, the next-generation Regal would come from Germany instead of Canada, and the Encore would continue to be assembled in Korea, but would eventually shift to China, Reuters reported from an unidentified source.

If true, executives would deliver a sizable blow to contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers union. Already, General Motors has announced substantial investments in North American plants during negotiations.

According to Reuters, a spokesman for Buick declined to comment on the report. A spokeswoman for the UAW said Buick would be unwise to import cars “after the sacrifices by U.S. taxpayers.”

Buick is expected to launch the China-built Envision in North America later this year.

Buick sells four times as many cars in China as they do in North America. 

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61 Comments on “Report: Buick Will Import Most of its New Cars by 2016...”


  • avatar
    runs_on_h8raide

    Chi-comm Grand National please, Buick!!! LMAO

    Oh, and something about Donald Trump being right that we don’t produce cars here anymore like we used to…

  • avatar
    bball40dtw

    O_O

  • avatar
    qfrog

    What number or letter do Chinese VINs start with?

  • avatar
    DevilsRotary86

    I will forgive GM for importing Buicks from China if they leave the Chinese Market red white and blue shields on.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    GM (Guangzhou Motors) Mark of Excellence.

    “This isn’t a Buick!”

    Thanks, U.S. Taxpayers and thanks to Hank Paulson, Timmy Geithner, George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama, Lawrence Summers, Steve Rattner, et al.

    Buick (with sodium cyanide true-coat from the Chinese factory) love you long time!

    • 0 avatar
      qfrog

      LOL

    • 0 avatar
      tonycd

      I’m disgusted by this development, and I have no investment in GM, financial or emotional. But for the millionth time:

      The auto bailout wasn’t about saving General Motors. The bailout was about preventing the abrupt loss of millions of autoworker, supplier and downstream jobs at the very moment the entire national economy was about to collapse into full-blown, 1929-level Great Depression.

      Bankruptcy was not an option for saving those jobs, because the banks themselves were in chaos and weren’t about to put forward a dime to finance anything. Government was the only place the funds were going to come from, and disaster would have followed immediately for millions of individual Americans and the economy as a whole if government didn’t act RIGHT THEN.

      The bailout was a complete success for that reason alone. Any subsequent benefits provided to the nation by the continued functioning of General Motors — and there have been some, though anyone can argue there theoretically could have been more in some other unattainable scenario — are just gravy.

      Is GM failing America and betraying our investment in it by exporting jobs to China? Definitely, just like Walmart. Do I have any feelings of patriotic loyalty to or any desire to buy goods from either one? No.

      Does that make the decisions of today’s GM “big government’s fault”? Only if you count the monumental irresponsibility of the entire string of governmental decisions from 2001 to 2008 that brought us to the brink of economic catastrophe in the first place.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        This comment gets it. There was no DIP financing in late 2008, because there was no financing at all. The entire banking system was seized like an Explorer engine after Cash for Clunkers.

  • avatar
    bball40dtw

    Oh the comments here are going to be grand.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    In other news, Johann de Nysschen is demanding Cadillac’s HQ be relocated to Shanghai from its current SoHo location, lest he leave to head Chery Automobile Co., Ltd. (Qirui) and rename all their models in a alphanumeric fashion.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    And now we’ll get the Park Avenue back then as the flagship offering!

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/43/Buick_Park_Avenue_rear_China_2012-04-15.JPG

    28 and Dal will be all excited.

    • 0 avatar
      matador

      I doubt I’d ever purchase a new car, but that one could possibly persuade me.

      I know it’s probably a Chevrolet Caprice underneath, but shut up and take my money!

  • avatar
    slap

    I wouldn’t buy a car built in China until there was sufficient evidence that the quality was acceptable – which will take years to determine.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      You would do fine buying one of the very first ones. They will be under a microscope both internally at the maker and externally by the press. The real question is whether build quality remains high over time as the scrutiny fades.

      It’s possible. Some American (non-car) companies get generally good results building in China. But from everything I hear it takes constant vigilance over the operation; there are few obstacles other than customer vigilance to cutting major corners.

    • 0 avatar
      eggsalad

      Funny, I feel the same way about cars made in Mexico.

    • 0 avatar
      mmreeses

      Generally when people talk about “quality” its about how durable X,Y,Z parts are.

      Given GM’s history (supposedly per the internet) of wringing every nickel from domestic suppliers at the expense of long-term (>50k miles) quality, I doubt GM treats its Chinese suppliers any better.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    New 2016 Buicks waiting to be delivered to U.S. Buick Dealerships:

    http://www.carnewschina.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/hongqi-army-china-1.jpg?97ba00

  • avatar
    slavuta

    We drive another day.
    – My wife – oh, look at that nice Volvo
    – I – made in China
    – My wife – threw up.

    Conclusion: even women who knows nothing about cars hate China. The only China they like is the one in the kitchen cabinet

  • avatar
    genuineleather

    The Reuters article seems to take as fact that Buick will only build models in one location. Mexican and Chinese labor costs are near parity: with the advantages of NAFTA and overland shipping, it seems unlikely they’d come out much ahead, especially when the Envision could likely be run off the existing SRX line.

    For niche models (long wheelbase Volvos and Infinitis, etc.), importing from China makes sense. But for the major volume products, as Buick is positioning the Envision, Verano, and Encore to be? I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • avatar
    Gene B

    It’s amazing, reading through these comments, how many people here really don’t have a clue about how business works in the world, and where we are as a country in the mix. The world is run by a global oligarchy, and politics is for the losers at home to waste their time with. While you all were sleeping, China turned into an economic giant. I was just there for two weeks, it might be a huge bubble but you have to see it to believe it. For a car market of about 20 million (15% higher than ours), the Chinese buy approx 3x as many Audis, 2.5x of Mercedes and 2.5 x of BMWs. And 4x of Buick! They are not buying the base models, either – the product mixes are richer than ours. How did this happen? Many of you closed minded people will find it very difficult to believe just how many wealthy businessmen and “communist” party members have been minted. Additionally, the Chinese are in no mood to buy cheap cars like the deprived Europeans. They now want SUVs and mid-sizers. The new Envision is fantastic, right out the gate they are on track to sell 250-300k of them in the first year!!! The truth is that China saved GM, and maybe saved America too since so many companies listed in your 401k account are getting the bulk of their profits from their Chinese operations.

    Our media lies to us, keeps us dumb and pumped up with propaganda. The real world is a very different place and whether you like it or not we are no longer the main driver for automobiles or for anything else for that matter. We should be thankful our companies have been allowed to share in the largest speculative investment bubble in the history of mankind.

    When it pops, though the bang will be huge worldwide!

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      I remember reading in article back in 2009, when the Chinese surpassed the US as the world’s biggest car market. The thing that really stood out was that there were still nearly a billion people in China without a car. That’s a lot of market, and they’re getting richer all the time.

      Oh, and the prices they pay for goods, especially foreign goods, are ridiculous. There’s a lot more money to be made selling a China-built BMW 520i in China then a German-built 528i in the U.S.

    • 0 avatar
      agent534

      You ignore the fact that GM already sells more cars in China than North American, but its profits from China are less than 1/2 of what comes from North America.
      GM is indeed caught in a Chinese finger trap which during the bailouts had it as a minority owner of its joint venture in China. Why would GM want to share their NA profit with their Chinese partner by importing this vehicle from China.
      The only remaining question here is will the manufacturer of these Buicks be listed as ‘Shanghai GM’ or not?

  • avatar

    I have no loyalty to GM any longer and gladly sell any brand, this week delivering an ELR, Fusion, Charger, XC70, RX350, Malibu, 2 Equinox, and a used Silverado Crew. let me assure you, the GM units were the most difficult and complex and I’m an expert.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    It is a chess game with the UAW during contract negotiations. Wait for the late breaking announcement of concessions.

    Than everyone can grouse about union built and why don’t they just build it in China because those awful unions are…wait a minute…

  • avatar
    Acd

    I wonder how many times this article was viewed on Chinese made iPhones or how many comments were posted on a Chinese made device.

  • avatar
    wmba

    If Buicks had really been any good these last 20 years and had sold well in the US on actual merit, then there would be a reason to build them here in North America because of volume. Now US sales can be accommodated by running the Chinese lines an extra hour on Tuesday and Thursdays.

    In Canada, we routinely get US overproduction to serve our tiny pimple of a market, and have managed to get over it. The US will too, SuperTrump’s arcane bellyaching and waving his hair about to no avail. That’s business.

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    Jeepers, in the US, Encore is outselling every other Buick in 2015 per GoodCarBadCar. Even the Enclave, to my surprise.

    The Envision can’t get here soon enough no matter where it’s made.

  • avatar
    Whatnext

    Who in their right mind would buy a car Made in China? Even the simple stuff they churn out like toasters are cheap crap that disintegrate within a year or two.

  • avatar
    thornmark

    >>Who in their right mind would buy a car Made in China? Even the simple stuff they churn out like toasters are cheap crap that disintegrate within a year or two.<<

    Well, the most outre Buick enthusiast around here – the one who has magic Encores and Veranos, vehicles that get better than EPA mpg w/ super acceleration while emitting fairy dust from their exhausts – should weigh in.

    Where's Norm?

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    I’m ok with it, as long as our government puts the same tariff on new GM cars from China as China put on new GM cars imported from the U.S. The proceeds can then be used to help subsidize the welfare we’re paying to people who used to work in manufacturing.

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2011/dec/15/china-taxes-us-car-imports

    “China’s commerce ministry accused America’s car industry of “dumping and subsidising”, thereby causing substantial damage to China’s domestic car industry”

    We feel your pain brother. We feel your pain.

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