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GM: China to play even larger role in Buick's US lineup

by Justin King

The company insists the shift does not necessarily mean importing more vehicles from China.

General Motors has admitted that China will play an increasingly bigger role in Buick's future, including for US models.

Speaking to Automotive News, Buick and GMC marketing VP Phil Brook noted that Buick is a "big, big player in China" and presents opportunities to develop models that can be sold in both markets.

"It would be difficult to get a Buick electric vehicle program like that up and running just for the US market as we sit here today," he said. "But certainly down the track we've got great options because of the need in China."

Buyers in the world's largest automotive market are particularly fond of Buick, which outsells Chevrolet by a two-to-one margin. The company delivers around five Buick vehicles in China for every one Buick sold in the US.

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