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Here's The Rest Of The Buick Volt...Velite 5

Here's The Rest Of The Buick Volt...Velite 5

Buick officially teased its China-only Velite 5 car last week, but not the rest of the car has leaked by way of Car News China. As expected, the Velite 5 is simply a Chevrolet Volt with Buick badging.

Basically Buick has changed the front and rear fascias on the Volt for Buick duty here. Aside from that and unique wheels, there isn’t much to report here. It also appears the headlights and taillights have been swapped out with more detailed units for the Buick version.

The bigger story with this car is that the Velite 5 will be produced in China by Shanghai-GM. Local production will enable the car to actually be competitive from a price perspective, unlike GM’s last attempt to sell the Volt in China.

GM originally imported the Chevrolet Volt to China from North America. During that period the company only sold a handful of Volts, largely because the price was way too high due to Chinese tariffs imposed on imported vehicles.

There is speculation that the “5” in the Velite 5’s name suggests there will be additional variants of the Velite in the future. In a recent release, Buick China did confirm plans for additional plug-in and battery electric vehicles, so perhaps the Velite name will become more common in the future.





 

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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. carnut
    0fxxk0
    That's not a Buick!
    Cheap shot at a cheesy ad tag line. lol
    member12
    2b2
    ^ like 4 to 5 times what Buick sells in the U.S (? iirc)

    tho I really wonder if there'd be a China backlash if GM stopped selling ANY Buicks here...

    ...ie no longer "American"


    The brand fits in their dealer network remarkably well. Buick buyers are very loyal, tend to have a higher net worth, and are more likely to pay cash than almost any other automotive brand. That's a very good buyer to have. Buick also outsells Acura, Volvo, and Lincoln right now in the US and consistently ranks in the top 3 brands in this market for reliability in both Consumer Reports and JD Power.

    Chinese consumers will probably be the reason that Buick and Lincoln live to see the next 30 years. They'll probably reshape the American car market in a pretty big way in the next couple of decades. Not all of those ways will be pleasant especially when it comes to manufacturing and production.
    2b2
    ^ like 4 to 5 times what Buick sells in the U.S (? iirc)

    tho I really wonder if there'd be a China backlash if GM stopped selling ANY Buicks here...

    ...ie no longer "American"
    member12
    megeebee
    It is in China !


    Buick is actually a pretty popular brand in China. It not only outsells Lincoln, but it outsells Ford and Chevrolet too.
    megeebee
    0fxxk0
    That's not a Buick!


    It is in China !
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