Majority of Future Buick Lineup May Come From Overseas
Plants in Europe, China Rumored to Produce Tri-Shield Vehicles
According to Reuters, much of Buick’s product lineup in North America could soon be imported from overseas plants. Citing “two sources familiar with parent General Motors Co's plans,” the news outlet reports that aside from the LaCrosse sedan and Enclave large crossover, the rest of Buick’s offerings will be produced in Europe and China.
Earlier this week, we reported that the upcoming Envision midsize SUV would likely be imported from China, where it has already been on sale since last year. According to Reuters, Buick sells four times as many vehicles in China as it does in the United States, lending some credence to the rumors that production will transfer to the company’s largest market.
Buick’s other crossover offering, the Encore, is produced in Korea, where it shares an assembly line with the closely related Opel Mokka and Chevrolet Trax. However, Reuters reports Shanghai GM’s plant in Shanghai, China, may take over Buick production, meaning two of the company’s three crossovers will be manufactured in the country.
Other vehicles rumored to be making the jump across the pond include the Buick Verano, which is currently produced in Michigan but may soon be built exclusively in China, and the Buick Regal, which may move from Canada to a facility in Europe or China. The company’s upcoming Cascada convertible will be imported from Europe.
Predictably, the United Automobile Workers (UAW) is displeased with the rumors. Cindy Estrada, head of the UAW’s GM department, told Reuters that it would be unintelligent of Buick to move vehicle production away from North America, given the sacrifices U.S. taxpayers made due to the government-funded bailout of General Motors.
For its part, Buick refused to comment to Reuters on future product plans.