Regardless of the unfavorable stigma lengthy related to Chinese-constructed items, we’ve grown used to — if not accepting of — the concept that some of our home automobiles may originate from a Chinese meeting plant. The Cadillac CT6 Plug-in, for instance, hails from the Orient, as does all variations of the Buick Envision crossover. Volvo S90s bought in the U.S. additionally name China their birthplace.
Now, in accordance to a 2019 mannequin yr VIN decoder doc despatched to the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration from Common Motors, there’s two further fashions which may carry Chinese heritage. Hold a lookout for a VIN beginning with “L.”
In accordance to the docs (H/T to Bozi Tatarevic), the subcompact Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore crossovers — two automobiles strongly related to Korean manufacturing — each see a new plant location added to their VIN choices, and it’s situated in the Individuals’s Republic of China.
Previously, the Encore was produced solely at GM Korea’s Bupyeon meeting plant. Such fashions see a VIN beginning with “Okay.” Most Trax fashions additionally hailed from this plant, although some of the automobiles shipped to U.S. sellers began their journey at GM’s San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico. These VINs begins with a “three.”
For the 2019 mannequin yr, the Dong Yue South plant joins the aforementioned meeting places for each Trax and Encore. The power, which builds a host of acquainted automobiles for the Chinese market, is a joint operation between GM and SAIC Motor. The U.S.-sure Envision sees its meeting at Dong Yue North.
We haven’t heard something about a slowdown in Korean manufacturing (current cuts and a close to-chapter at GM Korea led to the shuttering of an underperforming plant), simply that the division’s new deal ought to spawn a new compact crossover by the finish of subsequent yr. Don’t anticipate to see Traxes and Encores with VINs beginning with L all over the place you go.
Since GM stopped posting month-to-month U.S. gross sales figures, getting a deal with on current quantity is hard. Nonetheless, prior to the second-quarter choice, GM loved very wholesome gross sales of each the Trax and Encore. In accordance to Wards Auto, GM imported some 32,000 Trax fashions from Korea final yr, in addition to eighty two,000 Encores.
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