Apr 20

Voltec Buick Velite 5 unveiled in China

 

The Volt is again sold in China – as a Buick – and no, it’s not called the Electra.

Named after a former concept car, the Velite 5 demonstrates that miles are shorter in China, as the powertrain rated 53 miles in the U.S. goes a whopping 72 in the Peoples’ Republic.

“Equipped with GM’s latest intelligent electric drive system, the Velite 5 offers up to 768 kilometers of range in extended-range mode,” said the automaker. “Its prioritized pure electric driving mode provides 116 kilometers of range, fulfilling consumers’ demand to commute with zero petroleum consumption and zero emissions.”

A near replica of the Buick Velite 5 is available in the U.S. and Canada.

Everyone here already knows the basics of its specifications, but the Buick nameplate is considered upscale especially in China.

A spec it gets above the U.S. is “A highly efficient automatic air-conditioning system filters out PM2.5 fine particulate matter and odors,” to tackle Chinese urban air quality.

Buick of China said in a press release this is its second model to wear the Buick Blue badge.

The Velite 5 joins the LaCrosse hybrid electric vehicle launched last April.

“Two trim levels are being offered,” says Buick. “The 1.5GL is priced at RMB 265,800 ($33,368)and the 1.5GS is priced at RMB 295,800 ($37,724). Each is eligible for a subsidy of RMB 36,000 from SAIC-GM.”

Buick Velite 5 highlights:

• Power Split technology used in both pure electric and extended-range mode ensures that each power source contributes its fair share in different driving modes to maintain high energy efficiency and provide consistent driving performance.
• Multiple intelligent safety systems include adaptive cruise control (ACC), lane keep assist (LKA), automatic parking assist (APA) and high-beam assist (HBA). All trims come with 10 air bags as standard.


• Modern aestheticism and compact coupe styling blend with interior spaciousness to meet a range of user needs.
• Keyless entry and push-button start enhance convenience.
• A highly efficient automatic air-conditioning system filters out PM2.5 fine particulate matter and odors.
• A Bose premium sound system has eight speakers for acoustic pleasure.
• Next-generation OnStar telematics service is free of charge for five years. With 4G LTE, users can enjoy a range of safety and security, connectivity and mobility services.
• OnStar’s mobile app enables users to remotely monitor vehicle conditions, such as power level and charging status, and search for public charging facilities.
• An 8-inch high-definition touchscreen supports Bluetooth, voice recognition and Apple CarPlay, offering a safe high-speed connectivity experience for the driver and passengers.

We know you like the Volt, but wouldn’t you really rather have a Buick?

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    Apr 20th, 2017 (6:35 am)

    Wow! A twenty-one year old Linda November (the singer) certainly outclasses that crusty redneck guy that Chevy has on his knees kissing the grille of a Silverado.


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (7:05 am)

    The air filtration is becoming a necessity in China. It also helps compete against Tesla, who has added advance air filtration in both Model S and X.

    https://innovately.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/this-is-the-real-reason-the-tesla-model-x-has-a-bioweapon-defense-mode/

    Check out the chart on how well it works:

    http://inhabitat.com/teslas-biohazard-defense-button-works-extraordinarily-well-if-you-need-it/

    As the news spreads, the buyers in China may be singing that song and buying Buick Velite.


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (8:22 am)

    So are they going to build in China or import from Detroit?


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (8:26 am)

    Very nice. Better looking than the Volt-especially from the front. Priced better too. It still amazes me that the Voltec technology doesn’t dominate the small sedan segment of the market.


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (8:34 am)

    Power seats?


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (10:33 am)

    I hope the Chinese market embraces it bigtime, however its lack of spaciousness in the back seat may be a fatal turnoff there. If only GM could have stretched the wheelbase by three inches…


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (10:42 am)

    I’m glad it wasn’t named “Electra.” We’re saving that name for the larger, purpose-built EREV100. Right, GM? Oh well, I can dream …


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (10:43 am)

    Kdawg:
    So are they going to build in China or import from Detroit?

    Here is your answer:
    The Velite 5 is the first hybrid vehicle manufactured in China with fuel consumption below 1.0 liter/100 kilometers.

    The article above gave the source: http://media.gm.com/media/cn/en/buick/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/cn/en/2017/April/0418_Buick-Velite-5.html

    That is great for the Chinese because they will buy a locally assembled Volt-equivalent, and pay very little tariffs (for some of the imported parts from South Korea and the U.S.).


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (10:51 am)

    As for the Buick ads, here is one that is 50 years old for the 1967 Buick Electra:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8LXBFS-5O8


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (10:52 am)

    American First,

    Weird. I read that article before posting and I must have skipped past the ‘manufactured’ part. Thanks.

    My concern was about getting the Chinese incentives. Now I want to know where all the pieces are coming from, including the battery. Maybe the LG plant in China.


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (10:56 am)

    American First,

    “When better cars are built, Buick will build them.” Still true?

    Knowing what we here consider “better.”


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (12:17 pm)

    Kdawg:
    American First,

    Weird.I read that article before posting and I must have skipped past the ‘manufactured’ part.Thanks.

    The article has the manufacturing information in the link of this statement:
    “Buick of China said in a press release this is its second model to wear the Buick Blue badge”
    Click on “press release”.


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (12:25 pm)

    Jackson: American First,

    “When better cars are built, Buick will build them.”Still true?

    Knowing what we here consider “better.”

    That may be true for most of the Buick cars, especially the Wildcat and the Regal, but I saw the Roadmaster, and that was a huge monster of a car, even bigger than some Cadillacs.

    My neighbor had a 1995 model in black, and he had to drive it slowly to climb up the ramp to his garage because the car was always scraping its floor on the ramp edge. It was 216 inches (18 feet) long!
    “Nonetheless, it stood not only as the largest Buick, a full 10″ longer with a 5″ greater wheelbase than the ostensible top-of-the-line C-bodied Buick Park Avenue, but larger both in wheelbase (2″) and overall length (6″) than the K-bodied Cadillac Sedan de Ville.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buick_Roadmaster
    http://consumerguide.com/used/1991-96-buick-roadmaster/


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (12:31 pm)

    “A near replica of the Buick Velite 5 is available in the U.S. and Canada.” lol


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (12:44 pm)

    American First,

    Correct. I had read the press release, but missed the part where they said manufactured in China.

    I wonder if we’ll see a Buick BEV like the Bolt in China?


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (1:09 pm)

    American First: Nonetheless, it stood not only as the largest Buick, a full 10″ longer with a 5″ greater wheelbase than the ostensible top-of-the-line C-bodied Buick Park Avenue, but larger both in wheelbase (2″) and overall length (6″) than the K-bodied Cadillac Sedan de Ville.”

    I checked with Google, my then new 1967 Oldsmobile 98LS was on GM’s C platform. A land yacht. Very nice linen bench seats, a lot of wood trim, rear seat limo grade treatment with a 455 CI (7.5 L!). Radials then novel, made the change over–big difference, handled better. In ~7 years put just over 100k- Never did drive a Buick–hard to tell if there’d be any diff.

    But sure do remember November–“..wouldn’t you really have a Buick” Thanks Jeff for her video.


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (1:13 pm)

    GM news:

    The Venezuelan government took over GM’s plant:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-gm-venezuela-idUSKBN17M08I
    http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2017/apr/0420-venezuela.html

    That plant made Chevrolet cars and trucks, but was only making and selling parts since 2015.
    http://www.chevrolet.com.ve/


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (1:17 pm)

    Streetlight: my then new 1967 Oldsmobile 98LS

    Used to drive an old Delta 88, and an Olds Cutlass. Floating down the road…

    American First: but I saw the Roadmaster, and that was a huge monster of a car

    1956 ad for the Buick Roadmaster.
    https://youtu.be/FanjDt0S7zo


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (2:22 pm)

    Kdawg: Streetlight: my then new 1967 Oldsmobile 98LS Used to drive an old Delta 88, and an Olds Cutlass. Floating down the road…

    Had a ’64 Olds hardtop before the ’67. In Nov ’75 bought a new ’76 Mazda Cosmo. (5-sp manual rotary) MT called it a real sports car. The transition model between the old RX series and the RX7. All cherry-wood everything with deep red velour bucket seats. Drove it from Sunnyvale Cal to the 1976 bi-centennial in Philadelphia (and back of course—put on near 7000 miles. Good grief — are we dating ourselves…


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (3:16 pm)

    VELITE 5 – FUN FACTS

    1) Velite 5 will be built by the SAIC-GM joint venture in Shanghai, China. It’s difficult to pin
    down the exact factory ( SAIC-GM has four and some have recently been added on to ). Likely location is the Pudong plant in southern Shanghai. which also produces the Chinese version of the Cruze. Sources of the range extender and batteries is even harder. Currently, the U.S. Volt gets it’s 1.5L from the U.S., but the engine is also manufactured presently in Mexico.

    2) The Buick Velite 5 was officially introduced to the Chinese people at the Shanghai
    Auto Show by none other than JACKIE CHAN! ( photo )

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    Is Jackie Chan the Asian Elvis? Here he introduces the Velite 5

    3) Velite will be a Buick sub brand in China with GM planning a production version
    of the Velite concept car ( very interesting, hope it makes it with Volt drivetrain to U.S.! ).
    GM China website says the Velite brand will contain an HEV, PHEVs and an EV within
    2 years.

    buick-velite-1-1.jpg
    GM says a production version of the Velite concept PHEV shown here has the green light for the Chinese market. Nice design, big back seat – big battery? Hope to see it here – Buick Electra?).

    4) Younger tech-savvy professional Chinese are the target for Velite 5. Most Chinese
    buy hybrids and PHEVs for government incentives such as HOV access ( not unlike
    Californians ) and a waiver from the Chinese car lottery. Also included for owners
    are parking access not allowed for non low-emissions cars. Chinese tell me that
    most people never plug in their PHEVs because slim to no charging stations can
    be found outside the large population centers. They say they drive the cars in
    hybrid mode 99% of the time due to no charging availability.


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (4:04 pm)

    Breaking News – Dept.

    GM introduced another PHEV at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show.

    The Cadillac XT5 30E PHEV

    4600-cadillac-xt5-30e-crossoverplus.jpg
    The China market only XT5 30E

    What I know so far:

    The XT5 30E PHEV will combine a 269hp 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. with an electric motor, basically the same setup as in the Cadillac CT6 PHEV. Cadillac hasn’t announced the output of the electric motor yet but combined output in the CT6 is 335hp.

    Cadillac claims a 130mph top speed, and a curb weight of 4,144lbs.

    We can speculate that the 30E nomenclature may mean 30 miles AER?

    Price is expected to start around $80.000US.


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (4:18 pm)

    China is going SUV crazy. Sound familiar?

    This flies in the face of the Chinese government who has been facing increasing
    pressure to deal with a very bad air pollution problem in its major population
    centers. Government incentives have been many, but a major setback was
    experienced as recently as this year as a major scandal by Chinese automakers
    (akin to Volkswagen playing the system) surfaced.

    As you know, affluent/older Chinese like to be driven rather than drive themselves.
    This doesn’t go for the general population however, who are now living
    in the Chinese equivalent of a middle class. All Chinese, however, are looking to
    SUVs for back seat roominess and utility. SUVs are flying off Chinese shelves
    much to the chagrin of the government.

    This explains the appearance of the Cadillac XT5 30E PHEV and several other hybrid
    and PHEV SUV variants by Chinese manufacturers.


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (4:58 pm)

    My ’16 came with a factory-installed cabin filter. The identical replacement filter from NAPA is an activated charcoal-infused, micronic paper element. I think this is what the Chinese hype is describing.


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (5:16 pm)

    James: Shanghai Auto Show

    Looks like the new Buick Regal is a bit bigger and also comes in a hybrid option.

    I didn’t see any official mention of the Cadillac XT5 30e in recent news; just stuff from previously.


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (5:34 pm)

    Kdawg: Looks like the new Buick Regal is a bit bigger and also comes in a hybrid option.

    I didn’t see any official mention of the Cadillac XT5 30e in recent news; just stuff from previously.

    I’m calling Jackie Chan right now to get the inside skinny. 🙂


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (5:47 pm)

    Mark Z:
    The air filtration is becoming a necessity in China. It also helps compete against Tesla, who has added advance air filtration in both Model S and X.

    https://innovately.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/this-is-the-real-reason-the-tesla-model-x-has-a-bioweapon-defense-mode/

    Check out the chart on how well it works:

    http://inhabitat.com/teslas-biohazard-defense-button-works-extraordinarily-well-if-you-need-it/

    As the news spreads, the buyers in China may be singing that song and buying Buick Velite.

    Interesting on the effectiveness. My allergies are pretty bad right now. It would be nice to have a place to escape the pollen!


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (5:49 pm)

    James:
    Breaking News – Dept.

    GM introduced another PHEV at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show.

    The Cadillac XT5 30E PHEV

    The China market only XT5 30E

    What I know so far:

    The XT5 30E PHEV will combine a 269hp 2.0 turbo4 cyl. with an electric motor, basically the same setup as in the Cadillac CT6 PHEV. Cadillac hasn’t announced the output of the electric motor yet but combined output in the CT6 is 335hp.

    Cadillac claims a 130mph top speed, and a curb weight of 4,144lbs.

    We can speculate that the 30E nomenclature may mean 30 miles AER?

    Price is expected to start around$80.000US.

    Interesting James.


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (6:30 pm)

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    Apr 20th, 2017 (6:35 pm)

    GM will offer a New Energy Vehicle subsidy totaling RMB 36,000 ($5,233 USD) for the Velite 5. Starting prices for the Velite 5 begin at RMB 265,800 ($38,595 USD) and max out at RMB 295,800 ($42,951 USD).

    Seems strange GM is getting out front of the Chinese government and offering it’s own
    factory-backed subsidy just to move the Velite 5 ( Buick Volt )….

    Velite 5 is due in stores in the 3rd quarter.


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (8:24 pm)

    Eco_Turbo:
    Better than a Buick ad:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpUNT-FqsoM

    love that wonder bar radio:)


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (8:27 pm)

    Eco_Turbo:
    Better than a Buick ad:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpUNT-FqsoM

    “Cars from the 50’s and 60’s get a bad rap!”
    Sorry Jay you are all wrong with that:)

    Great video.
    Noel would like it also!


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (8:31 pm)

    George S. Bower: Interesting on the effectiveness. My allergies are pretty bad right now. It would be nice to have a place to escape the pollen!

    George, here is the PM2.5 retrofit to help. No EV needed!

    TOPWEL PM2.5 Adult Vertical Stripes Pollen Dust Mask Anti Haze Filtered Face Mask (Blue) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AFWHIRA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_vdv-ybZKQ0TRR


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    Apr 20th, 2017 (8:58 pm)

    Mark Z: George, here is the PM2.5 retrofit to help. No EV needed!

    TOPWEL PM2.5 Adult Vertical Stripes Pollen Dust Mask Anti Haze Filtered Face Mask (Blue) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AFWHIRA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_vdv-ybZKQ0TRR

    ordered 2. but it’s an add on item:)