Can The Buick Envision Confound China Quality Skeptics? – Forbes – Forbes

Posted: Sunday, January 01, 2017

For years Americans have been happy to buy inexpensive goods from China. But cut price DVD players are one thing; cars are another story.

Recently the prospect of Chinese made cars making it to our shores has caused much debate, with questions over safety standards and quality.

But I have driven one of the very first Chinese made vehicles to enter the US market and the verdict may come as a surprise.

I’m talking about the 2017 Buick Envision, a new mid-sized crossover that plugs a big gap in the brand’s US line-up between the larger Enclave and pint sized Encore.

2016 Buick Envision

Buick Envision does not exactly stand out from the crossover crowd, but it’s handsome in a traditional sense. (Buick photo)

The Envision’s sticker makes interesting reading, with a rather heavy handed first line that says: “Design and Engineering led by Buick in the United States of America.”

More revealing is the parts content section, where it states that the “major source of foreign parts content is China, 88 percent” and final assembly is in Yantai ETDZ, China.

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Detail from the Envision sticker reveals its Chinese manufacturing origins. (JM photo)

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