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Buick crosses 6 million cumulative sales in China
by Autocar Pro News Desk
Feb 09, 2015

Buick recently reached the six million sales milestone in China since its introduction by Shanghai GM more than 16 years ago. Shanghai GM’s first Buick sedan rolled off the production line in Shanghai on December 17, 1998. In 2014, Shanghai GM sold a record 919,582 Buicks across China.

Eight Buick nameplates are currently available. They include premium and upper-medium passenger cars, MPVs and SUVs. The original Excelle family was one of the 10 best-selling passenger cars in China in 2014, with sales of more than 293,000 units. The GL8 MPV, Buick’s second model built in China, has sold more than 600,000 units in 15 years. The Encore has been the leader in the premium small SUV segment with sales of over 150,000 units in two years while the Envision has been the most popular mainstream SUV since its launch last year.

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Still think it was the right move to save Buick and kill Pontiac.
Of course it was...The same morons who wanted to kill Buick where probably the same people saying GMC needed to be axed.
 

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I want that Buick minivan here. Chrysler has already set precedent by eventually killing the Dodge version and keeping the more expensive Chrysler version.
 

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You don't want that minivan - it's still based off the old U-body platform that was phased out with the Buick Rendezvous.
I also think if GM ever decides to venture back into that segment, it should only be for Chevrolet as the last Buick Mini-van didn't exactly set the world on fire.
I think the Premium mini-van segment is very much a niche segment in the US. Chrysler is only going there because the brand is moving further upscale and the Caravan no longer fits with the Dodge performance lineup.
 

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Still think it was the right move to save Buick and kill Pontiac.
It was right to keep Buick and GMC, but I think Pontiac could had lived as a niche maker in the U.S. and a mainstream brand in Canada and Mexico. GM lost a lot giving up on Pontiac. Kia, Hyndian, and Nissan took its volume, which GM will probably never get back.
 

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Chinese car sales were 2.7 million in January.

Buick sales dropped -10% in China in January.

Ford were very impressive at +19% to 112,599 vehicles, on strong demand for the new Escort compact car which generated a huge 18,810 January sales. Ford may well end up rolling out the Escort as a global car, Ford sold 22 million Ford Escorts.

Ford's new Escort is back stealing a lot of market share in China.

 

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It was right to keep Buick and GMC, but I think Pontiac could had lived as a niche maker in the U.S. and a mainstream brand in Canada and Mexico. GM lost a lot giving up on Pontiac. Kia, Hyndian, and Nissan took its volume, which GM will probably never get back.
Agree.

Only ways GM will ever get the lost Pontiac sales back are:

1) Bring back Pontiac with a restricted lineup that will take full advantage of Pontiac's aggressive "design language".

2). Expand Buick's lineup with "performance" models like the Astra GTC, RWD Regal Grand National on Alpha and Wildcat on Zeta or Omega.

Personally would go with Number 1 since Pontiac's design language is better suited to performance cars and the fact that Buick can still expand it's lineup which would be option 3 of doing both. The B/P/G dealer model worked, and as long as Pontiac stayed with only cars in niches that best fit Pontiac's heritage it can be quite successful/profitable for GM in Canada, China and the U.S.
 
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