Buick Envision production has been severely impacted by the ongoing global semiconductor microchip shortage, GM Authority has learned.
This comes in spite of the fact that the premium compact crossover is built in China, but the semiconductor shortage that began roughly within the past month has gradually gotten worse.
The all-new, second-generation 2021 Buick Envision made its debut in May of 2020 and production began at the GM Jinqiao plant in Shanghai, China. From there, the new Envision gets distributed to each of the four markets where the Buick brand is available, including the United States, Canada, and Mexico well as in China. The 2022 Envision continues to be built at the same plant, representing the only GM product built in China and exported to the U.S.
The first-generation Buick Envision was also produced in China, but at a different facility, namely the SAIC-GM Dongyue North plant. Like the current Envision, the first-generation model was also sold in China and throughout North America. In fact, the first-generation Envision is still sold in China as the Envision, while the new model is sold as the Envision S.
And even though the vast majority of the microchips for the auto industry and beyond are manufactured in Asia, apparently even China is not immune to impacts from the ongoing global semiconductor microchip shortage that is expected to remain well into 2022.
Getting Buick Envision production back in full swing is critical if GM wants to continue profiting from a real winner it has on its hands. The 2022 Buick Envision was recently listed among the best new crossovers under $40,000 by Consumer Reports. A bit before in October 2021, the publication recognized the 2021 Buick Envision as a top luxury SUV to buy.
The 2022 Envision is powered by the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder LSY gasoline engine, which is rated at 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The four-cylinder is paired with the GM nine-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to either the front wheels as standard, or all four wheels as an available option.
The Tri-Shield brand introduced only minor changes to the Envision for the 2022 model year, including the deletion of the Dark Moon Metallic exterior color, which was indirectly replaced by Sapphire Metallic. There’s also a set of a new 18-inch wheel option, the deletion of the In-Vehicle Air Ionizer system and the introduction of expanded availability for the Continuous Damping Control suspension system.
The newfound production disruption of the Buick Envision will most likely have a major impact on sales, which have been trending upward since the launch of 2022 model. In 2021, Envision sales jumped 33 percent to 46,450 units, posting the largest increase in the luxury C-segment crossover segment, finishing the year in third place. The Lexus NX took first followed by the Acura RDX in second. The segment as a whole grew slightly more than 2 percent with 296,626 sales, meaning that sales of the Buick Envision outperformed the field by a substantial margin.
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The production disruptions, however, will likely result in a noticeable drop in sales volume during the next several quarters.