On December 2. 2015, I published an article about the Chinese-made vehicle that was going to be sold in America, and that has now become a reality.
The Envision is described as “a mid-size crossover that fits in dimensions between the Lincoln MKC and the Audi Q5.” According to Forbes magazine, “it’s virtually impossible to tell a difference in build quality or fit and finish between the China-made Envision, its KOREAN-made Encore, and its U.S. made Enclave”.
Buick offers the crossover with two engines. The base is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 197 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque — try to avoid that engine as it’s overburdened by the Envision’s nearly 4,000-pound curb weight. A better choice is the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is standard on the premium trims. It is rated at 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and it comes bundled with a very capable “active Twin Clutch” all-wheel drive system (standard models are front-wheel drive). Regardless of the engine, all Envision models feature a 6-speed automatic transmission that is very competent and smooth in operation.
According to the official Buick website, the Envision is priced from $33,995 to $$42,225. Even Buick’s cheapest SUV, the Encore, can top $30,000, and it is made in KOREA.
At one point in time, Buick was the third most popular brand in America, in large part to its famous slogan, “when better cars are built, Buick will build them." Today, it is actually pretty rare to see ANY Buick on the road, but you’ll see a LOT of them in China, since Buick now sells at least 4 times as many cars in China as the company sells in America.
The same situation exists for Chevrolet.
From 1949 to 1978, the most popular car in America was the full size Chevrolet, but it’s very rare to see a new Chevy Impala on the road today.
The top 2 selling vehicle in America today aren’t even cars. They are both trucks, and the Chevrolet Silverado is a distant second to the Ford F-Series. RAM trucks, incidentally, are in spot #3. The Impala is not even in the top 20, and the top-selling Chevrolet CAR is the Malibu, which comes in at #16 on the list. The proliferation of SUV’s on the list helps to explain why Ford, in the near future, will stop selling CARS altogether- with the lone exception of the Mustang.
If we are going to keep in step with the times, then, time to change the famous Buick slogan to the Chinese language, and this is what it would look like
Dāng gèng hǎo de qìchē jiànchéng hòu, biékè jiāng jiànzào tāmen