Buick May Source Envision Small Crossover From China: Report

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2015 Buick Envision (Chinese spec)

At the Chengdu Auto Show last fall, Buick unveiled a small crossover called the Envision that is currently manufactured and sold in China. The vehicle was expected in the United States this year but now we’re unlikely to see it here until the second half of 2016. And there’s a good chance the vehicle will be imported from China rather than produced locally.

It turns out General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] first polled dealers back in 2013 about the prospects of a small crossover being added to Buick’s lineup, something to bridge the gap between the subcompact Encore and mid-size Enclave. Prototypes for the Envision were also spotted testing on U.S. soil during the vehicle’s gestation.

Automotive News (subscription required), citing industry analysts, reports that if the Envision does make it to the U.S., the vehicle would almost certainly be imported from China. Of course, GM is not alone in considering selling Chinese-built cars here.

Volvo, which is owned by China’s Geely, is the first mainstream automaker to offer a Chinese-built car in the U.S., in this case the 2016 S60 Inscription. And only yesterday we reported that the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] may end up importing its next-generation Taurus from China.

The Envision is GM’s first vehicle to ride on the SUV version of the D2XX platform designed for small and compact cars. It measures in at 15.3 feet in length and is targeted at vehicles like the Acura RDX and Infiniti QX50.

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