Facing the reality of sustained lower oil prices, Buick will not replace the Verano small car on the U.S. market once the current car has ran its course, according to a report from Automotive News. The news comes despite the fact that a new Verano is already being sold in China, which like its predecessor, is based heavily on the Opel Astra.
The report cites the primary reason for phasing out the Verano to be rising demand for the brand’s crossovers. Crossovers made up 58-percent of the brand’s sales in 2015, and Buick dealers note that with low gas prices buyers are opting for an Encore or Enclave instead of a compact car.
Allegedly the current Verano will remain on the North American market through the 2017 model year. After that the car will end production as originally planned and will not be replaced. The original plan was for the Verano to be replaced with the new car that’s already in China. Sources familiar with GM product plans have told AutoVerdict in the past that the Verano was likely going to be imported from China like the soon-to-launch Buick Envision crossover.