General Motors is moving ahead with plans to sell the Chinese-made Buick Envision crossover in the U.S.
Two people with knowledge of the plans told Automotive News today that GM was likely to green light Envision exports to the U.S. for sale as early as late spring, but stopped short of saying the plan has been finalized.
GM is targeting annual U.S. sales of 30,000 to 40,000 a year, with deliveries beginning next spring, The Wall Street Journal reported today, citing people familiar with the matter.
The five-seat Envision would become the first light vehicle built in China and sold in the U.S. by the Detroit 3.
Buick is eager to build on the success of the subcompact Encore and large Enclave and add a third crossover to its U.S. lineup at a time when Americans are embracing light trucks again.
A GM spokesman declined to comment on the automaker’s plans for the midsize crossover and called the Journal report “speculation.”
Automotive News reported in August and in 2014 that GM was considering exporting the Envision from China to the U.S. next year.
Chinese-owned Volvo became the first company to export a China-made vehicle to American showrooms with the S60 Inscription sedan earlier this year.
The UAW, eager to add and protect U.S. factory jobs, in August called the prospect of shipping the Envision to the U.S. market from China “alarming.”
But GM and the UAW “appear to have come to an understanding” after discussing the plans during contract negotiations, the Journal reported.