YANTAI, Shandong – The first batch of the Buick Envision SUV produced by SAIC-GM set off from Yantai Port, Shandong Province to North America on December 27, 2015.
It marked the first time ever that the joint venture exports complete vehicles back to North America, and General Motors has become the first U.S. automaker to sell Chinese-made cars back in its home country.
The Envision, a midsize crossover sport utility vehicle produced at the JV’s Yantai production facility, will mainly go to markets in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
The Envision has been welcomed by Chinese consumers since it went on sale in October 2014. Statistics show that through the first 11 months of 2015, some 127,000 Envisions were sold in China, ranking among the top five models in domestic SUV sales.
According to SAIC-GM, the Envision will fill an important role in a crossover lineup that currently represents 60 percent of Buick sales in North America after it goes on sale in summer 2016.
Wang Yongqing, president of SAIC-GM, said that the export is a demonstration of SAIC-GM’s efforts in joining global competition. “We have been undertaking to innovate and optimize both domestic and international resources. The export will further the strategic corporation between SAIC Motor and GM,” said Wang.
SAIC-GM’s Yantai plant has manufactured more than 3.6 million vehicles over the past 12 years, covering 41 Buick and Chevrolet models.