Thursday, March 22, 2018

Buick China

It is no secret that Buick is a huge hit in China. Has been for years now.

While the brand sold about 220 000 cars in the US last year, (another 19 000 in Canada)
they moved over 1.2 million cars in China!  Where they have over 5% of the market.
These are crazy numbers.

But, as you can see above, most of these models are still based on Opel cars. Except the larger ones like the Lacrosse, GL8 minivan and the Envision.
(They sold over 420 000 of the Excelle alone last year. Which is based on the Opel Astra.)

I was just wondering how GM will keep this going, without Opel.
They will need a bunch of all new cars based on new platforms very soon.
Since the deal with Opel probably only includes current models.

Maybe everything will be based on the next Cruze platform?
 I don't know, I was just wondering. Letting go of the company that provides products for your main cash cow seems a bit weird.

What do you think?

(You can check Chinese Buick models HERE)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The platforms belong to GM. All future Opel/Vauxhall vehicles will be based on Groupe PSA platforms (just like the Crossland X and Grandland X, which are exclusively Opel/Vauxhall products). All future Buick models will continue to be built on GM platforms, just like they are today (they just won’t share anything with future Opel/Vauxhall vehicles developed under Groupe PSA ownership). With Buick’s extraordinary sales performance in China, I’m sure GM has plans in place to supply the brand with the vehicles it needs to continue to be successful.