General Motors has been under fire recently by the United Auto Workers union after rumored plans to import the 2016 Buick Envision from China to the U.S. market surfaced. Following that, suppliers then reportedly leaked plans for nearly all Buick vehicles to be built in China or Europe.
According to sources, the two Buick vehicles to remain stateside will be the 2017 LaCrosse and Enclave crossover. The rest of Buick’s lineup, Encore, Verano, Regal and the incoming Cascada, would be moved out of the United States. Though, we already knew the 2016 Buick Cascada would be imported from Europe regardless.
With this news, we want to ask you: do you care where GM builds its vehicles?
Judging by conversation, it’s a hot issue. As a corporation, GM has a duty to maximize shareholder value but, it can come at a cost. Cheap labor and minimal tariffs may create greener pastures for Buick vehicles, especially considering three times as many Buick are purchased in China than the United States. The cost may be losing jobs at the facilities where those vehicles are currently made.
Though, it may not be complete doom and gloom. GM has just finished up investing $5.4 billion in U.S. manufacturing for its facilities, gearing up for future product to be made domestically, including one all-new vehicle program.
So, we ask you, does a Chinese-stamped GM product not sit well with you? Or, is it modern globalization having its way? Vote in our poll and, please, talk to us in the comments below.