Buick Velite Is A Chevrolet Volt For China

Published on September 23, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Buick Velite Is A Chevrolet Volt For China

This is the brand new Buick Velite for China. The Velite is a variant of the Chevrolet Volt, with a different front and rear. The Velite is manufactured in China by the Shanghai-GM joint venture. It will debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show in December and launch on the Chinese car market in early 2017.


Velite name on the left, Shanghai-GM badge on the right.

The plug-in hybrid drive train seems to be exactly the same as in the Volt. The 1.5 liter petrol engine is rated at 99hp and fuel consumption is rated as 0.9 liter per 100 kilometer.

Size: 4579/1811/1494, wheelbase is 2694, and curb weight is 1610 kg.

Volt: 4580/1810/1430, wheelbase is 2690, and curb weight is 1607 kg.

The Chevrolet Volt was sold in China as an import between 2011 and 2014, but it was far too expensive so sales were slow; really slow, like a dozen per year slow. The Velite will be much cheaper than the Volt was but the exact price is yet unknown.

The Velite name was first used on a 2004 roadster concept, and in 2014 there were rumors that Buick was going to use the name for the U.S. version of the Opel Cascada. But that didn’t happen, and the Velite went to China instead.

Interestingly, the first time we heard the Volt was going to be a Buick in China was way back in 2010. At the time it was assumed that General Motors was going to rebadge the Opel Ampera as a Buick. The Ampera is the European variant of the Chevrolet Volt.


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  2. Jeff- September 23, 2016 Reply

    I see, GM has resorted to copying Honda styling these days. Too bad GM still can’t copy Honda quality.

    1. Anon- September 25, 2016 Reply

      Actually the new Volt debuted before the new Honda design language went public. Arguably the two companies were thinking off the same design lines for once.

  3. Raymond J Ramirez- September 25, 2016 Reply

    It may look like a Honda, but the Chevrolet Volt is a much superior vehicle, with better range, MPG , and customer satisfaction that anythng Honda can offer. Maybe Honda was to be a Japanese clone of “Chevrolet”!

  4. Steve Colmar- September 25, 2016 Reply

    GM quality is on par with Honda and GM now has leaner cars. This is especially true of Buick.
    Volt has a non Chevrolet global design so to fit well into the Buick and Opel line ups. Cruze should look this good.

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