Following the news of General Motors toying with the idea to import the 2016 Buick Envision crossover from China to the United States, Reuters has stepped in with more details on Buick’s future assembly plans, which the publication says it has learned from suppliers.
According to the report, most Buick vehicles sold in the U.S. will be built in either China or Europe, and imported into the domestic market. The next-generation Buick LaCrosse and Buick Enclave are expected to be built in the U.S. still, however.
Buick is eying a production move of the Verano from Michigan to China in late 2016, followed by the Regal, which sources say may go to either Europe or follow the Verano to China in 2017. The Buick Encore, which is currently built in South Korea, is also expected to move to China.
The 2016 Buick Cascada convertible is already built in Europe, and will be imported to the U.S., rounding out the brand’s current production lineup.
Cindy Estrada, Vice President of the United Auto Workers GM department, voiced her concern once again with this latest news saying GM would be “tone deaf” to import vehicles from China and other markets “after sacrifices by U.S. taxpayers,” along with union concessions and a government funded bailout to create a new, profitable automaker.