Skip to comments.Buick Sells Four Times As Many Cars In China As In U.S
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.
(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...
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.
Buick Sells Four Times As Many Cars In China As In U.S
That’s great. Yessiree.
The next time GM needs a government buyout - let the Chinese handle it.
Don’t American women wear Buicks?
We send them our crappy cars as revenge for them sending us their crappy.... everything.
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.
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?
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.
For some reason, "Buick" is regarded as a premium brand in China, like "Cadillac" is here. Apparently, this goes back decades.
“...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.
The Chinese bought more Buicks because the Chinese have more jobs and more money than the USA.
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.
China passed the US in new car sales in 2009 and is pulling away fast.
Warren Buffet’s BYD plans to start imports to the US in 2015.
Isn’t Alero an Olds?
That is one gorgeous automobile.
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.
That’s borderline cruelty! LOL
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 >:(
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.
” and I still kick myself when I see a nice one at a car show >:( __”
Hindsight really has 20/20 vision,doesn’t it?.
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)
That’s a beautiful, very high quality image,considering
it was taken nearly sixty years ago. Thanks for posting.
I was 10 years old when my dad bought a 1965 Buick Wildcat.
Oh my. It also has the 401 motor.
By chinese standards the buick is built pretty well.
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.
Buick is the standard for cars made in China...... it is chinese
I remember when people laughed at the Japanese cars in the 60s and Korean cars in the 80s.
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.
If population were the only factor the Chinese would have been rich a long time ago.
Its about more than population.
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.
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.
That’s because in China they don’t know “Buick” means to puke or vomit.
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.
My Buicks have worked fine, as have my other GM products.
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.
GM let America down by siding with Obama and the Unions. Sales in America may never recover.
LOL, Buick and its fake plastic vents on the hood. It’s a shame.
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.
This reminds me of all those Japanese cars sold in the US during the 1980s, except now, we’re doing the exporting.
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.
What does torque have to do with water pump failure?
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.
And if I had to have a Buick, I’d want a ‘63 Riviera myself.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.