If the rumour is true, the Envision will be the first China-made product imported by America’s Big Three – GM, Ford and Chrysler.
The Envision is an all-wheel drive five-seater SUV that’s slightly smaller than a Chevrolet Captiva. It’s powered 1.5-litre turbocharged engine paired to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. A front-wheel drive model is also available.
The model is currently only sold by Shanghai-GM in China, but it will eventually be sold in Europe under the Opel badge.
The report by the Wall Street Journal suggests that the move to import a China-made Buick is in response to a new contract with its UAW workers union. The new contract is said to drive up the cost of producing vehicles in the US even higher.
Non-Chinese badged China-made cars are nothing new in the US. Volvo Cars is doing brisk sales with its China-made S60 Inscription, essentially a long wheelbase version of the Chinese-market S60L. In neighbouring Canada, the previous generation Honda Jazz (Fit) was imported from China until Honda switched its sourcing to Mexico last year.