We’ll begin with a precursor: we don’t know how to run a major automaker like General Motors, and we’re not stating if the decision to import the 2016 Buick Envision from China is either a good or bad one.
Now, we are here to ask if you care where the 2016 Buick Envision is made today in our latest GMA Community Question.
The news arrived with the confirmation of the 2016 Envision coming to North America next year and, buried within the specifications, was a country of origin reading “China.”
The UAW has already stated its displeasure with a Chinese-built Buick Envision, calling on GM to “build where it sells.” Though, it seems its calls fell on deaf ears. However, GM said it plans to build the Envision where it plans to sell “75 to 80 percent” of them. That shows a low forecasted demand, at least initially, for the upcoming premium crossover.
On the other end, Bob Lutz has weighed in on the situation, and said a Chinese built Buick Envision creates a two-way street for the automaker. In fact, China imports more GM vehicles than it would export with the 2016 Envision. He also stated the build quality is top notch from major automakers such as GM, even though it is assembled in China.
So, we turn it to you now. Does it matter that the 2016 Envision will be built in China? Or should GM continue to build wherever makes the most sense? Let us know in our poll, and talk to us in the comment section below.