2008 Buick Enclave. Click image to enlarge
Lansing, Michigan – Chinese officials have visited General Motors’ assembly plant in Lansing, Michigan to observe operations in preparation for the manufacture of U.S.-built Buick Enclaves for export to China. Pending approval, China-bound Enclaves could begin production as early as next month.
Last year, Buick announced it would expand its international reach following a four-year, US$800 million agreement signed by General Motors and Shanghai GM (SGM) to export Enclaves to China, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2008. Enclaves will be imported by SGM and sold through a network of more than 400 Buick dealerships across China. The plant visit by Chinese Quality Certification Center and SGM officials is another step in this agreement.
Buick is one of the most well-known brands in China, with more than 1.7 million owners; last year, more than 300,000 units were sold in China. The brand has been sold in China for more than 90 years.