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    Buick Envision Is Coming To The U.S. Next Summer


    • The Buick Envision Is Finally Coming to the U.S.

    The go-ahead has been given and next summer, Buick will launch the Envision crossover. According to Automotive News, Buick's chief Duncan Aldred told members of the Buick National Dealer Council yesterday and was planning to announce it to the rest of Buick's dealers today. Aldred confirmed the decision in an interview today.

     

    “Talk about a catalyst for the Buick brand and for volume growth. We’re putting in what I believe is a class-leading vehicle in the heart of the U.S. auto industry. This is massive for Buick,” said Aldred.

     

    Dealers have been wanting the Envision for quite a while now as it would fill a gap between the subcompact Encore and full-size Enclave. The vehicle will be exported from China, which will draw the ire of some.

     

    The U.S.-Spec Envision will come with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. A two-wheel drive version with a different engine is being considered for the future.

     

    The Envision will be the first GM model to use a new global compact platform. This platform will also underpin the next-generation Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, which are expected to go on sale in 2017.

     

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    That works out good for us.  We'll probably trade the Encore into one of these as soon as a loaded one is available.  I had originally hoped the Envision was going to be here at the end of this summer to time with the end of our lease, but buying out the lease and keeping it an extra year isn't the worse thing in the world. 

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    So driving one of these will tell us how the next Nox and Terrain will be...hmmm....

     

    That said, I am excited to see it....think it will do well...even better is gas prices stay low for a while....

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    i've made peace with the de-Buickification and am glad they finally get this in their lineup, i've warmed up to this.    this would be perfect for my mom

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    My question is how GM will market this and the Terrain Denali in the same dealer.

     

    The Denali package and much of the GM packages are now marketed as higher end trucks and much like Buicks.

    ​This may account for the smaller numbers being imported?

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    My question is how GM will market this and the Terrain Denali in the same dealer.

    The Denali package and much of the GM packages are now marketed as higher end trucks and much like Buicks.

    ​This may account for the smaller numbers being imported?

    Visual differences I assume. It works for the Acadia Denali and Buick Enclave today. There is still enough "I'm too young to buy a Buick" mentality out there no matter how good Buick gets, so having GMC there to catch those people is a good thing.

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    What size vehicle is this? This is like the Nox/Terrain size, right?

     

    I believe the next Nox and Terrain will be downsized a bit to more closely match the direct competition in size. At the moment, they are tweeners that sit between CRV and (old) Pilot in size, yet still smaller than the other tweener from Ford, the Edge.  This would give GM some room between the Nox and Traverse for a Blazer type vehicle. 

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    Probably a preview of the Cadillac XT3 once they can get a North American factory to start making these.  They can swap out some sheet metal and the grille, throw in CUE.  Then GM can get 4 crossovers on this platform.

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    I have a feeling, and this is just a hunch, that like the Volvo S60 Inscription that is built in China and the Regal from Germany before it, this will be a stop-gap measure for Buick. They are building it in China for now because they don't have a line ready in the US to build it on, yet they needed the model here 3 years ago and cannot afford to delay it any further.  Once the 'Nox and Terrain replacements are up and running, I'm betting that Envision production for North American consumption will be shifted to this continent.

     

    I've been told this directly by a Volvo rep. The Volvo S60 Inscription is a one and done for Chinese production selling in the US.  Once the new model comes, it will be built in South Carolina at Volvo's new U.S. plant.  So think about that for a moment... the next generation of Volvos being sold here are going to be U.S. built, and Swedish designed, by a Chinese owned company. 

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    I agree with worldwide emissions and crash standards.  I do not agree with CAFE standards because I think the customer should be given the choice of what to buy to match his needs.  I also do not agree with the globalization of the auto industry.  I believe it waters down the product if it is made to the tastes of consumers on multiple continents.  Chevrolet Colorado is a case in point... not a fan of the "global" version of my truck.  Love the U.S. version, hence I bought one.

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    My question is how GM will market this and the Terrain Denali in the same dealer.

    The Denali package and much of the GM packages are now marketed as higher end trucks and much like Buicks.

    ​This may account for the smaller numbers being imported?

    Visual differences I assume. It works for the Acadia Denali and Buick Enclave today. There is still enough "I'm too young to buy a Buick" mentality out there no matter how good Buick gets, so having GMC there to catch those people is a good thing.

     

     

     

    I had considered this.

     

    Note the next Nox  will be just a little smaller but it should have the same or nearly the same interior room with better interior packaging. I like ours but the interior has a lot of wasted space due to strut tower intrustion and a dash that is overly large and takes up a lot of space.

     

    Like I said too this is short term import as they have not gotten the Ingersoll plant changed over and if they want to get a head start with this model a small group imported will give them that start.

     

    I suspect once the Nox enters production the Buick will joint it.

     

    Note I have heard the Terrain would be built on the same line as the XT5. Now if that is true could the Terrain also be a cheaper longer wheel base? Just a though here as I have nothing concrete. This two could keep the Buick and Terrain from competing. As of yet we really have nothing on the Terrain to this point. No mules and no real clues.

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    Would make more sense if Equinox and Envision were small segment and Terrain was mid-size along with mid-size XT5.  The Equinox is like a foot longer than an Ford Escape, and the small SUV segment is really hot and were a lot of female buyers are going.  The Equinox and Envision should be the footprint of a Cruze, but at Malibu and Regal money.  Then Terrain and a possible Blazer would be mid-size vs the Highlander, Edge, Sante Fe type crossovers, and Lambdas as full size.  And if there was no Blazer at least the Terrain would be sized differently than the Equinox and Envision so there would be less overlap.

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    Buick needed this 5 years ago.  The crossover market is huge, while i dislike that this is from China, this will be Buick's biggest seller once its up and running possibly.  The aging population and people's changing preference to crossovers, Buick and GMC showrooms still won't have enough choices. Terrain and Envision can peacefully exist together for a long time.

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    Buick needed this 5 years ago.  The crossover market is huge, while i dislike that this is from China, this will be Buick's biggest seller once its up and running possibly.  The aging population and people's changing preference to crossovers, Buick and GMC showrooms still won't have enough choices. Terrain and Envision can peacefully exist together for a long time.

     

     

    GM would have liked to had this 5 years ago but just had too many other models they needed and too many other things needed down with the money they had.

     

    Also they needed to start eh move of Cadillac up to give them room to place this. Also also the new platform will prove to be a better investment. Weight and compromised interior space was a problem on the last platform.

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    My question is how GM will market this and the Terrain Denali in the same dealer.

    The Denali package and much of the GM packages are now marketed as higher end trucks and much like Buicks.

    ​This may account for the smaller numbers being imported?

    Visual differences I assume. It works for the Acadia Denali and Buick Enclave today. There is still enough "I'm too young to buy a Buick" mentality out there no matter how good Buick gets, so having GMC there to catch those people is a good thing.

     

     

     

    I had considered this.

     

    Note the next Nox  will be just a little smaller but it should have the same or nearly the same interior room with better interior packaging. I like ours but the interior has a lot of wasted space due to strut tower intrustion and a dash that is overly large and takes up a lot of space.

     

    Like I said too this is short term import as they have not gotten the Ingersoll plant changed over and if they want to get a head start with this model a small group imported will give them that start.

     

    I suspect once the Nox enters production the Buick will joint it.

     

    Note I have heard the Terrain would be built on the same line as the XT5. Now if that is true could the Terrain also be a cheaper longer wheel base? Just a though here as I have nothing concrete. This two could keep the Buick and Terrain from competing. As of yet we really have nothing on the Terrain to this point. No mules and no real clues.

     

     

    I also have heard that a yet-unnamed GMC would be built at Springhill with the XT5.  That could mean Terrain or it could mean another model is joining the GMC brand (which also wouldn't surprise me).  With Springhill being the most flex production line GM has, I don't think the other vehicles being built there have any bearing on the wheelbase of the GMC though.    It is entirely conceivable that there are short wheelbase and long wheelbase versions of the Terrain coming.

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    What size vehicle is this? This is like the Nox/Terrain size, right?

     

    I believe the next Nox and Terrain will be downsized a bit to more closely match the direct competition in size. At the moment, they are tweeners that sit between CRV and (old) Pilot in size, yet still smaller than the other tweener from Ford, the Edge.  This would give GM some room between the Nox and Traverse for a Blazer type vehicle. 

     

     Well color me a little more intrigued now.. Depending how it all pans out(and life) I could see looking into one of these in a few years once they're used and the Escape is on its way out.

     

    I actually love the Edge's size. It's larger than the Escape but it's still a 5 seater so it isn't gargantuan. Especially because I do not need more than 5 seats. Actually, I utilized all 5 in my Escape for the first time this weekend. Just a short trip bringing people home from the bar but that's one thing my Mustang never could have done.

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    It is ridiculous packing three rows of seats in anything smaller than a Burb anyway.  Unless legless passengers.

     

    I fit in the 3rd row of a Traverse and Durango just fine thanks.

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    It is ridiculous packing three rows of seats in anything smaller than a Burb anyway.  Unless legless passengers.

     

    I fit in the 3rd row of a Traverse and Durango just fine thanks.

     

    Yeah I've been in the 3rd row of an Acadia once and a new Explorer once for a 4-5 hr trip and it honestly was not bad at all.   There was quite a bit of space back there. Granted, I'm not the largest person(5'8" - 180lbs) but still a full size adult that means you could have something that size for a growing family.

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      “Innovative services can be as important to customers as the electrified vehicles themselves,” said Hau Thai-Tang, group vice president of Purchasing and Ford’s EV champion. “We are investing in solutions to help private customers as well as commercial fleet owners seamlessly incorporate these new vehicles and technologies into their lives.”
      Ford already has a memorandum of understanding with several other automakers in Europe to create an ultra-fast charging network projected to be significantly faster than the most powerful charging system deployed today. An initial target of about 400 sites in Europe is planned. By 2020, consumers should have access to thousands of high-powered charging points. 
      Ford also is piloting wireless technology on company EVs in the U.S. and Europe that make recharging as easy as pulling into a parking spot so drivers never forget to recharge. Wireless recharging extends electric-only range for short distance commuters, even during quick stops. FordPass® also can help consumers reserve charging times.
      Understanding customers
      Ford has been extensively studying how past and current EV owners use their vehicles. The company has sold more than 520,000 electrified vehicles in North America since 2005 and 560,000 globally.
      In studying 33,000 Ford EV owners that have made 58 million unique trips, Ford has learned:
      88 percent of customers’ habitual daily driving distance is 60 miles or less. For plug-in hybrids, the average refueling distance is 680 miles, making gas station trips rare Customers want as much electric range as possible, but range anxiety drops over time as they become more comfortable and familiar with the technology 80 percent of Ford EV customers charge once a day; 60 percent during evenings Ford EV customers collectively have plugged in their vehicles a total of 9.4 million nights An overwhelming majority of Ford EV owners expect to replace their current EV with a new one, additional Ford research shows. Specifically:
      92 percent of battery electric car customers say they will purchase another battery electric vehicle as their next purchase 87 percent of plug-in hybrid customers want another plug-in for their next vehicle
    • By William Maley
      China has fined General Motors $29 million for monopolistic pricing according to Reuters. This ends speculation that we first brought to light last week. The fine is due to GM setting minimum prices on certain Buick, Cadillac, and Chevrolet models.
      "GM fully respects local laws and regulations wherever we operate. We will provide full support to our joint venture in China to ensure that all responsive and appropriate actions are taken with respect to this matter," GM said in a email statement.
      It was speculated that the fine is due to comments made by president-elect Donald Trump about the U.S. possibly recognizing Taiwan. But sources tell Reuters that the investigation was already underway before Trump's comments. This is possibly a move by China to protect their companies. 
      Source: Reuters

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    • By William Maley
      China has fined General Motors $29 million for monopolistic pricing according to Reuters. This ends speculation that we first brought to light last week. The fine is due to GM setting minimum prices on certain Buick, Cadillac, and Chevrolet models.
      "GM fully respects local laws and regulations wherever we operate. We will provide full support to our joint venture in China to ensure that all responsive and appropriate actions are taken with respect to this matter," GM said in a email statement.
      It was speculated that the fine is due to comments made by president-elect Donald Trump about the U.S. possibly recognizing Taiwan. But sources tell Reuters that the investigation was already underway before Trump's comments. This is possibly a move by China to protect their companies. 
      Source: Reuters
    • By William Maley
      General Motors is under investigation by China's National Development and Reform Commission over possible antitrust violations. 
      News of this first broke in an interview with Zhang Handong, director of the National Development and Reform Commission's price supervision bureau done by Chinese Newspaper China Daily. Handong said an American automaker would be penalized for monopolistic behavior. He did not mention said automaker. Bloomberg was able to learn from sources that the automaker in question is General Motors. 
      The accusation is that GM told distributors in China to fix prices in an effort to improve sales.
      It should be noted that many of the penalties handed down by the bureau have been to mostly foreign companies. This has led many to accuse the bureau of being protectionist of companies in China, something the bureau has denied time and time again. Also, this comes days after President-elect Donald Trump made comments questioning the U.S. policy of not recognizing Taiwan.
      Source: China Daily, Bloomberg, Reuters

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