We’ve known about the Buick Velite 5 for awhile now. Nonetheless, Buick has finally officially revealed the car at the Shanghai Motor Show. As expected, the Velite 5 is basically the Chevrolet Volt with Buick badges.
Literally, this car is just the Volt for the Chinese market. It has the same sheet metal and the same 1.5-liter gas engine paired with GM’s extended-range electric propulsion system. The powertrain combination is creating at least one headline for Buick in China: it’s the first car produced in China to have a fuel consumption rating of less than 1-liter per 100 kilometers. In fact, it’s rated at .9-liter per 100 km.
The Velite 5 will be produced in China, which is a departure from the last time GM tried to sell the Volt in China. The first-generation Volt was imported to China from North America (with Chevrolet badges), but it did not sell well due to the excessive tariffs imposed on vehicles imported from North America.