Buick Velite (AKA China’s Chevrolet Volt) To Debut At Guangzhou Auto Show In Mid November


Buick Velite

Buick Velite

As we reported one month or so ago, the second-generation Chevrolet Volt is making its way to China as the Buick Velite seen in the images here.

Though we’ve basically already seen the car in the flesh, General Motors China is just now getting around to offering us up this teaser image:

Buick Velite Teaser Image

Buick Velite Teaser Image

The Buick Velite Concept will make it world debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China on November 18. General Motor states that the concept “will provide a template for upcoming models being launched under the Buick Blue new energy vehicle strategy.”

GM China is not confirming the Velite Concept for production at this point in time, but we already know it’s a done deal with the launch set for early 2017.

Press release below:

Buick Velite Concept to Make Global Debut at Guangzhou Auto Show

SHANGHAI – The Buick Velite Concept will make its global debut at the Guangzhou auto show, which opens on November 18. It will provide a template for upcoming models being launched under the Buick Blue new energy vehicle strategy.

The development of the Velite Concept was led by the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), GM’s engineering and design joint venture in Shanghai with SAIC, leveraging GM’s global resources.

The Velite Concept is powered by a high-performance plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain that is effective, responsive and smooth. Its SIDI engine is paired with GM’s latest modular intelligent electric drive system and a high-performance modular lithium-ion battery pack, which work together to optimize efficiency under varying driving conditions.

Buick Velite

Buick Velite

The Velite Concept adopts forward-looking styling with rippling curves inside and out along with cutting-edge aerodynamic technology, which represent the convergence of new energy vehicles and nature.

The introduction of the Velite Concept follows August’s global debut of the Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) in Shanghai. Additional products featuring HEV, PHEV and extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) powertrains are on the way from Buick to provide diverse intelligent solutions for green mobility.

Buick is an international brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors and thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning models in North America and China. Buick has sold over 7 illion vehicles in China since its introduction by SAIC-GM in 1998. More information on the Buick brand in China can be found at Buick Media Online.

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14 Comments on "Buick Velite (AKA China’s Chevrolet Volt) To Debut At Guangzhou Auto Show In Mid November"

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I prefer the Volt styling, but that’s me.

Buicks are really popular in China. Could this become the first western EV to sell in numbers in China?

The teaser image looks a lot different the the car pictured above it??

Awesome! I hope they sell many thousands. And very wise of them to rebadge it as a Buick!

Not sure why they needed the styling change but I guess they didn’t want to make the rebadging so obvious.

Had they brought it to Europe, I’d have bought one, but it’s too late now. M3 reservation is in and I’m driving my Ampera until it arrives.

Maybe you can get your hands on one of the few Ampera-e slated for Europe next year.

Better looking than the Volt IMO.

Better looking than this?

Hope they launch it sooner. This will give a further boost to the growing Chinese electric vehicle market.

China is already #1 in Electric vehicles.

Not if you look at market penetration %. In that case, Norway is #1.

I actually think this Buick version looks very nice. Especially in that white.

The Volt looks great too, but if given the choice in the US and all else being equal, I’d go for this Buick I think.

Time to buy some Buick decals and get that CDM look on the Volt! It’ll confuse the heck out of people.