Report: Buick to Import Chinese-Built Cars to the U.S.

New crossover, next Verano will be made in China.

Buick may soon import some U.S.-bound models from China, according to a report from Reuters which predicts that production of several Buick models will move within the next few years. China is Buick's largest global market by far, with the brand selling four times as many cars there as it did in the U.S. in 2014.

Of the current Buick models sold here, the Regal sedan is built in Canada, the Encore crossover is built in Korea, and the Verano, LaCrosse, and Enclave are built in the U.S. This is all scheduled to change in 2016 and 2017, starting with Buick's plan to import a version of the existing Chinese-built Envision crossover to the U.S. starting next year. Production of the Buick Verano sedan will also reportedly move to China next year, after the U.S. version of the car is redesigned (a redesigned Chinese-market Verano is already on sale).

The next-generation Buick Regal sedan may also be built in either China or Europe as soon as 2017, and the Buick Encore compact crossover is also eventually scheduled to move from its current production location in Korea to a Chinese plant. The only two Buick models that will still be built in the U.S. are the LaCrosse sedan and the Enclave large crossover, while the upcoming 2016 Buick Cascada convertible is made in Europe.

These upcoming Buick models will be among the first Chinese-built vehicles to be sold in the U.S., after the Volvo S60 Inscription which is produced at a Volvo plant in Chengdu, China. Stay tuned for more information on Buick's future manufacturing plans for its U.S. lineup.

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