It’s a hot topic among the automotive community as of recent. Buick will import the 2016 Buick Envision to North America from a Chinese manufacturing facility, and forego building the upcoming midsize luxury crossover in the United States.
This has upset certain groups, including the United Auto Workers union but, as Buick has stated, it made the decision to import the crossover from its home market simply because it’s going to sell more there.
As The Detroit Free Press also reaffirms, the 2016 Envision is different enough from the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain that it would make production alongside those two quite difficult. And, those facilities are already at capacity, pumping out crossovers for Americans to scoop up all day long.
Buick is a major global brand. The brand expects to sell 40,000 to 50,000 Envisions in North America for a year. In China? The number is more like 150,000 units. Frankly, it only makes sense to keep production where the vehicle will sell most, and import to a smaller market.
Why is this good for Buick? Because the brand desperately needs this crossover amid hot sales in the market. And each 2016 Envision sold means bigger and better things for the brand to invest into in the future.