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Buick Sells Four Times As Many Cars In China As In U.S
Yahoo News ^ | January 8, 2014 | Anthony Ingram

Posted on 01/09/2014 3:09:27 PM PST by lbryce

For the second time in its 110-year history, Buick has topped one million sales in a year--and set a new overall record in the process. Last year saw the marque shift 1,032,056 vehicles, beating the company's last million-sale year in 1984, when it sold 1,003,345 cars. Whereas that 1984 volume was largely down to North America, Buick's current prosperity is largely influenced by a different country: China. Of those million-plus sales, a full 809,918 cars were sold in the Chinese market, nearly four times as many cars as the 205,509 units sold in the U.S. market.

Buick is just one of several large automakers enjoying huge sales booms in the Chinese market, as greater proportions of the population move into the middle classes and have the disposable income to buy new cars. Chinese facilities dodge previously draconian import tax laws and some automakers, like Volvo, are even owned by Chinese firms.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: buick; carbuyers; china; gm
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That's because you need to buy the car first, to find out it's a lemon. GM's products have jut only recently been introduced to China's car market. GM having produced inherently obsolescent products for decades in the US gives us the dubious luxury of knowing which cars to avoid buying.
In the heyday of American economic, manufacturing prowess, it was once a common refrain that What's good for America is good for General Motors and visa versa.
Today, it's more like, GM's Fate is Detroit's Destiny.
1 posted on 01/09/2014 3:09:27 PM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

I guess the Chinese do not realize how crappy a car the Buick is.

Frankly, I would rather have my grandfather’s Buick. That car was reliable. The current ones are not so reliable unless you are measuring how you can rely on them to break down.


2 posted on 01/09/2014 3:14:44 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: lbryce

Buick Sells Four Times As Many Cars In China As In U.S

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That’s great. Yessiree.

The next time GM needs a government buyout - let the Chinese handle it.


3 posted on 01/09/2014 3:17:03 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Don’t American women wear Buicks?


4 posted on 01/09/2014 3:19:33 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: lbryce

We send them our crappy cars as revenge for them sending us their crappy.... everything.


5 posted on 01/09/2014 3:20:01 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Actually, the 3800 series is pretty good. I drive a ‘98 Park Ave, and the drive train is great at 185,000. Now, buisances like door handles, electric windows and ashtrays are another matter.


6 posted on 01/09/2014 3:21:54 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (Five years, my brain hurts a lot.)
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To: bert

Don’t American women wear Buicks?

 

Exclusively. I think its a law someplace. Only women can drive Buicks. Ever seen a man behind the wheel of one of these?

 

7 posted on 01/09/2014 3:23:34 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: lbryce

The Chinese have had and continue to have some strange affinity for Buick and I have no idea where it comes from. The only thing that kept Buick alive when Pontiac, Saturn, and, Hummer were all axe was its success in China. They’ve been selling like this over there for years now.

Apparently China’s last emperor owned Buicks and it somehow achieved a oversized reputation for luxury as a result. The Chinese look at them like affordable MBs.


8 posted on 01/09/2014 3:24:59 PM PST by FAA
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To: lbryce
I've visited China twice in the last couple of years...both times focusing on the region that's within a 100 mile radius of Hong Kong with Shenzhen and Guangzhou being the two major cities I visited.I can attest to the fact that Buicks are surprisingly common on the streets of those cities.
9 posted on 01/09/2014 3:28:53 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
I guess the Chinese do not realize how crappy a car the Buick is.

For some reason, "Buick" is regarded as a premium brand in China, like "Cadillac" is here. Apparently, this goes back decades.

10 posted on 01/09/2014 3:36:19 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: lbryce

“...some automakers, like Volvo, are even owned by Chinese firms.”

Really? Somehow, I missed that one. I remember Jaguar and Land Rover going to India’s Tata Motors, but Volvo to the Chi-Comms? Bummer.


11 posted on 01/09/2014 3:36:50 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: lbryce

The Chinese bought more Buicks because the Chinese have more jobs and more money than the USA.


12 posted on 01/09/2014 3:47:33 PM PST by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: lbryce
Can they even pronounce Alero?
13 posted on 01/09/2014 3:50:57 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: FAA

For some reason Buicks look gangster flashy abroad. In europe they do turn heads. It just is unusual to see a US dinosaure I guess.


14 posted on 01/09/2014 4:00:09 PM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: lbryce

China passed the US in new car sales in 2009 and is pulling away fast.

For 2013:

China 22m
US 15.6m

Warren Buffet’s BYD plans to start imports to the US in 2015.
http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1399934/byd-plans-launch-us-market-next-year


15 posted on 01/09/2014 4:00:13 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Isn’t Alero an Olds?


16 posted on 01/09/2014 4:03:50 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Even with the retro-looking portholes on the front fenders, BLAHHH! To paraphrase Buick's slogan from the 50's and 60's I'd really rather have THIS Buick

1965 Gran Sport with the old 401ci "nailhead" V-8. Almost bought one many yrs go to rebuild, with a bad motor.
17 posted on 01/09/2014 4:15:08 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Impala64ssa

That is one gorgeous automobile.

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18 posted on 01/09/2014 4:17:04 PM PST by Mears
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To: Irenic

Yes, it is. Your point that the Chinese wouldn’t need bothering to pronounce ‘Alero’ is an astute observation on your part. No used Olsmobiles need apply for the car market in China.


19 posted on 01/09/2014 4:20:13 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

That’s borderline cruelty! LOL


20 posted on 01/09/2014 4:22:03 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Mears

I had a 65 Skylark, with a more “mild mannered “ 300 V-8, which ran pretty strong until the timing chain crapped out, those engines were known for this. Got so frustrated I practically gave it to my brother-in-law, told him to get it the bleep out of my sight, and I still kick myself when I see a nice one at a car show >:(


21 posted on 01/09/2014 4:23:09 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: lbryce

I was in China earlier this year. Buicks were quite common. I believe they have a factory in Shanghai. I was impressed with the quality of many of the cars there. Way different than what I expected.


22 posted on 01/09/2014 4:24:28 PM PST by upsdriver
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To: Impala64ssa

” and I still kick myself when I see a nice one at a car show >:( __”

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Hindsight really has 20/20 vision,doesn’t it?.

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23 posted on 01/09/2014 4:26:38 PM PST by Mears
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To: Responsibility2nd

That’s because it is a stylized Pontiac Aztec design

The ugliest vehicle made designed by a team of females

The only thing I could ever say about men driving them would get me banned

Something about an organ they have not had in their mouth. Yet (Think Metrosexual)


24 posted on 01/09/2014 4:27:00 PM PST by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
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To: lbryce

touché hahaha!


25 posted on 01/09/2014 4:35:33 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: lbryce
I'll take this : 1957 Buick Roadmaster
26 posted on 01/09/2014 4:37:11 PM PST by sushiman
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To: sushiman

That’s a beautiful, very high quality image,considering
it was taken nearly sixty years ago. Thanks for posting.


27 posted on 01/09/2014 4:41:16 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: Impala64ssa

I was 10 years old when my dad bought a 1965 Buick Wildcat.

Oh my. It also has the 401 motor.


28 posted on 01/09/2014 4:45:12 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: lbryce

By chinese standards the buick is built pretty well.


29 posted on 01/09/2014 4:51:49 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: FreedomGuru
The Chinese bought more Buicks because the Chinese have more jobs and more money than the USA.

Well, they have 4 times the population of the United States -- 1.2 trillion people.

Why wouldn't they be expected to have more jobs and more money? Fact is they have 1/5 our GDP/capita. Analyze the data, FreedomGuru.

30 posted on 01/09/2014 4:53:48 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: driftdiver

Buick is the standard for cars made in China...... it is chinese


31 posted on 01/09/2014 4:54:57 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: driftdiver

I remember when people laughed at the Japanese cars in the 60s and Korean cars in the 80s.


32 posted on 01/09/2014 4:55:43 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

Difference being quality is a way of life for Japanese and Koreans. Not so much with the Chinese.

We used to have that and still maintain it in some areas.


33 posted on 01/09/2014 4:59:33 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: BfloGuy; FreedomGuru

If population were the only factor the Chinese would have been rich a long time ago.

Its about more than population.


34 posted on 01/09/2014 5:01:09 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: sushiman

Wow, that photo was taken in the lobby of the General Motors Design Center outside of Detroit, designed by Eero Saarinen in 1949.

Those awesome suspended stairs over a reflecting pool are too cool.

I was just there working and they are more fanatical about absolutely No Cameras than a Court House is about guns.

Just try it find any choice interior photos of that place, and no architectural tours ever which sucks because it’s a Historical Building and it’s looks pretty close today as it does in the black and white photos that adorn the corridor walls.


35 posted on 01/09/2014 5:01:55 PM PST by DanielRedfoot (Creepy Ass Cracker)
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To: lbryce

GM has been wanting to build all of their vehicles in china since at least the late 90’s. The only thing stopping them was the tier suppliers who wouldn’t jump on board, and move to china. It took a bankruptcy, and a shakeout of the supplier chain to make the dream a reality, with the help of their US government cronies of course. Ford and Chrysler moved operations to mexico and canada a long time ago, so GM needed an edge in the market, and jumping on the china bandwagon was just the answer.


36 posted on 01/09/2014 5:26:24 PM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: lbryce

That’s because in China they don’t know “Buick” means to puke or vomit.

Yet.


37 posted on 01/09/2014 5:28:17 PM PST by anton
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

We have a 2010 Buick Enclave and it’s a fantastic car. Never had one issue with it. They have redesigned everything over the last 3-5 years.


38 posted on 01/09/2014 5:30:21 PM PST by Wyatt's Torch
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To: sushiman
Another great Buick

Had that big beautiful front end that screamed "Get the you-know-what out of my way!" Immortalized in song by The Medallions
39 posted on 01/09/2014 6:10:50 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
It also has the 401 motor
Many of George Barris' early customs were powered by these engines. Interestingly, they were prone to water pump failure because of the gobs of torque they put out.
40 posted on 01/09/2014 6:14:46 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

My Buicks have worked fine, as have my other GM products.


41 posted on 01/09/2014 6:22:01 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Impala64ssa

I own a 64 Skylark convertible... was my first car and my daily driver from 1989 to about 1994 or so... then I took it off the road... it’s been sitting get in a barn... I want to do something with it... but unlike a stupid 57 Chevy... or a Chevelle, you can’t really find decent rear quarterpanels... I was pretty lucky in that a big Buick restoration parts seller was near my in Neshaminy Station, NJ.


42 posted on 01/09/2014 6:46:58 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: lbryce

GM let America down by siding with Obama and the Unions. Sales in America may never recover.


43 posted on 01/09/2014 6:52:39 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: lbryce

LOL, Buick and its fake plastic vents on the hood. It’s a shame.


44 posted on 01/09/2014 6:54:09 PM PST by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Wow... The new software update on my Samsung phone really screws up what I type.

If anyone needs old Buick parts the place is in Neshanic, NJ not Neshaminy.


45 posted on 01/09/2014 6:54:16 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: lbryce

This reminds me of all those Japanese cars sold in the US during the 1980s, except now, we’re doing the exporting.


46 posted on 01/09/2014 7:18:06 PM PST by Baladas
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To: Rodamala

The rear quarters and back bumpers were especially rust prone on them. Kanter’s in Boonton, NJ may carry some early GM A-body parts, as well as Year One, they’re pricey, but they have good stuff.


47 posted on 01/09/2014 7:18:38 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Impala64ssa
they were prone to water pump failure because of the gobs of torque they put out.

What does torque have to do with water pump failure?

48 posted on 01/09/2014 7:28:51 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Impala64ssa

My uncle used to own a ‘65 Wildcat 2-door. It had a 401 under the hood, though he swore up and down it was a “445.”

I guess he didn’t know that the number on the air cleaner referred to the engine’s torque output rather than its displacement.


49 posted on 01/10/2014 7:20:54 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Impala64ssa

And if I had to have a Buick, I’d want a ‘63 Riviera myself.


50 posted on 01/10/2014 7:24:10 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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