A rumored-imported Buick Envision has been a hot topic between General Motors and the United Auto Workers union here in the United States. It has been said GM is seriously considering importing the Buick Envision from China, where the car is currently built, to the U.S.
The UAW has taken a stance saying, after the taxpayer-funded bailout, GM should “build where it sells“, but former-GM executive, Bob Lutz, doubts we will see the Envision produced stateside.
Speaking to CNBC in a recent interview, Lutz explained GM’s export business, rationalizing that the U.S. exports certain vehicles out to China, and it’s only fair the company minimize costs and bring a model in from China to the U.S.
He also called the build quality from major OEMs in China “outstanding”.
Panelists argued a PR fiasco could occur following the introduction of a Chinese-made vehicle here in the United States, but Lutz argues if the U.S. were to really get tough on Chinese imports, every major discount store in the U.S. should have its aisles cleaned out, as Americans purchase most consumer goods from China in today’s day and age.
“It’s the intelligent thing to do and, never forget, GM North America ships around 33,000 vehicles a year to China. So, it’s a two-way street, and I think it will be fine.”