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U.S. denies tariff exemption for China-made Buick Envision crossover SUV – EAST AUTO NEWS

U.S. denies tariff exemption for China-made Buick Envision crossover SUV


As they make the journey throughout the Pacific Ocean from China to the U.S., Buick Envision crossover SUVs decide up greater than only a passport stamp. For almost a 12 months, they’ve additionally been topic to a hefty 25-percent import tariff levied by the Trump Administration as a part of an escalating commerce struggle between the U.S. and China. 

Buick requested an exemption to the tariffs final summer time, which Reuters reported Tuesday was denied by the U.S. Commerce Consultant’s workplace on Could 29. 

MORE: Learn our 2019 Buick Envision overview

GM has reportedly been paying the tariff for almost a 12 months, although the automaker didn’t hike costs for the slow-selling Envision. Buick offered simply 7,600 Envisions in the course of the first quarter of 2019, a 21-percent drop over the 12 months earlier than regardless of lowered costs and a rejiggered lineup for the 2019 mannequin 12 months. 

“Right now now we have no plans to regulate the quantity or worth of the Envision within the U.S.,” a Buick spokesperson advised The Automobile Connection through electronic mail.

Final 12 months, then-GM President Dan Ammann mentioned that constructing the Envision in China was the automaker’s solely choice. It isn’t clear if the state of affairs has modified over the past 12 months. 

Buick final month mentioned that it’ll promote its South Korea-built Encore GX crossover SUV within the U.S. by the top of 2019. The brand new mannequin slots in between the subcompact Encore and the mid-size Envision. Whereas it’s topic to import duties, the Envision GX is not caught within the crosshairs of a commerce struggle.

U.S. denies tariff exemption for China-made Buick Envision crossover SUV – EAST AUTO NEWS
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