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China and Buick have enjoyed a fruitful relationship since the brand's introduction there in 1999, and General Motors is now celebrating the sale of the three-millionth Buick in the country. This greatly exceeds Buick sales in the U.S. over that same period, and GM managed to move all that metal with only 400 stores across China.

Shanghai GM credits the Buick brand strategy laid out in 2008 as a reason for the impressive totals, with sales rising by more than 100,000 units per year. That approach has resulted in the introduction of several new or revised Buick models over the past few years, including the GL8 luxury MPV and the Excelle GT and XT. Hit the jump to read over GM's press release.


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[Source: General Motors]
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Shanghai – Shanghai GM announced today that sales of Buick products have surpassed 3 million units since the joint venture began offering its original vehicle brand in 1999.

Buick has become one of China's fastest-growing passenger car brands. With Shanghai GM's rollout of its new Buick brand strategy in 2008, sales have increased by more than 100,000 units annually.

Shanghai GM has introduced the Buick Intelligent Performance (BIP) system, which merges European-style suspensions and powertrains with American vehicle communication systems. It is enabling Shanghai GM's Buick portfolio to fully meet the demands of domestic consumers for products that can handle varying road and weather conditions, lower fuel consumption and emissions, and provide improved performance.

This is in line with Shanghai GM's Drive to Green strategy. The adoption of technologies such as intelligent direct injection has greatly improved the efficiency of Buick products built and sold in China.

Buick has more than 400 4S stores across China and offers the award-winning Buick Care aftersales service brand. Shanghai GM's design partnership with GM's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture in Shanghai has resulted in the development of a series of new and upgraded Buick models including the Excelle GT and XT passenger cars and all-new GL8 luxury MPV.

At Auto Shanghai 2011, Shanghai OnStar announced the introduction of a mobile app that will enable Buick owners who subscribe to activate all of the functions on a traditional vehicle key fob – remote start, horn and lights, and door lock/unlock – securely from their smart phones.

Shanghai GM is a joint venture between GM and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. Group (SAIC). It builds, imports and sells a comprehensive range of Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet products. In 2010, Shanghai GM became China's first passenger car maker to sell 1 million vehicles in a single year. It ended the year with domestic sales of 1,033,307 vehicles


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      darkness
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ill be waiting on the Regal Gs if it isn't priced stupidly, like Ferd and their 45k Taurus SHO.
      Nick Stürtz
      • 4 Years Ago
      Until looking at the pictures side by side, I thought that GM had stuck a Buick nose on a Honda Odyssey. Wow, the Chinese are great at copy/pasting, aren't they!?!!
        Denny
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nick Stürtz
        Actually, the Buick appeared something like a year before the Odyssey concept saw the light of day at the Los Angeles show, and we all know how Honda does not allow anything to be seen until just before the production version is set. The Buick is much more successful (IMO) in a similar design element than the Odyssey. The Honda's "lightning" side-glass drop seems to hit at an unfortunate point. Opel (GM again) uses a similar design on one of its minivans. So, who's copying who??
        morirec
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nick Stürtz
        ridiculous,though popular in china, GL8 is designed by you American. so, if you think odyssey shares some features with GL8, you should get a conclusion like this:we American are good at copying/pasting.
        Denny
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nick Stürtz
        OK, the Buick was shown only 10 months before the Honda, and the Honda was shown in Chicago and not LA ... But still. http://www.autoblog.com/2009/04/20/shanghai-2009-buicks-handsome-new-mpv-concept-is-all-business/ http://www.autoblog.com/2010/02/10/honda-odyssey-concept-chicago-debut/
      david opanga
      • 4 Years Ago
      somethimes i wonder why american car companies built better cars for other countries then they do here. so glad they have all pretty much stepped up. buick has a real chance to be something meaningfull in the market just need to take it to the next stage
        autoplaybook
        • 4 Years Ago
        @david opanga
        The GL8 minivan in the pic is based on the GM U-body minivans, ca. 1997. Do you honestly think a new, rebodied version of that platform should be sold in America in 2011?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @david opanga
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      Kevin O'Neill
      • 4 Years Ago
      "since 1999" LOL
      PiCASSO
      • 4 Years Ago
      General Motors should import this Buick GL8 here in United States and keep it part of Buick's line-up. They need a minivan, and certainly would be on our shopping list these past few months as we ended up with a Sienna. This GL8 would be similar to what Nissan is doing with the Japanese made Quest, expect this one being the first Chinese designed/built vehicle to enter US soil.
        GO MUSTANG
        • 4 Years Ago
        @PiCASSO
        Just curious why you chose the sienna over its competitors. We are also planning to get a minivan within the next two months and my initial research all points to the odyssey being the better pick. Only downside I can find is price, and the window dip. Its about 3k difference, which i dont really mind, but it has slightly better mileage and crash test rating. So just curious how you made your decision?
        Mundotaku
        • 4 Years Ago
        @PiCASSO
        No, they don't need a minivan in North America. The reason why there is a mini van in China is because there is not connection there with mini vans a soccer mons. So, a mini van in China basically functions as a limosine. There is a reason why no luxury brand in this side of the pond has a mini van.
          morirec
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Mundotaku
          what this means:-------cannot follow your meaning----"there is not connection there with mini vans a soccer mons" &"why no luxury brand in this side of the pond has a mini van"
      joe shmoe
      • 4 Years Ago
      look what honda started. now buick is using the hideous mid-window dip.
      Laowaiblog
      • 4 Years Ago
      3,000,000 cars is indeed an achievement, specifically when they are made in the U.S. This is good news, because it means that the trade balance between the U.S and China is decreasing - a situation that will contribute to more stability in the economies worldwide http://laowaiblog.com
      sammyramzy
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM is capable of making good, no, great cars, why they waited till it was almost too late is beyond me. Case in point is the Malibu and Cruze. Those cars are beautiful but they were neglected until recently, before anyone corrects me, I know the Cruze is new but it was built on the failures of the past models. Good job GM!
      • 4 Years Ago
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