Chevrolet to Sell Silverado, Colorado in China

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In an attempt to better explore China’s need and desire for American-style pickup trucks, GM will be exporting its North American-made full-size Silverado half-ton and mid-size Colorado at some point in 2017. 

According to Automotive News, Chevy will be the second U.S. pickup maker to import its vehicles into the country; the first was Ford, which announced it would be importing the new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor to China as well. The Raptor and other American-made gray-market vehicles (such as the Hummer lineup) have long been a symbol of wealth and status in China, and that is likely to continue to be so. 

China places a 25 percent tariff on all imported light trucks and Nissan is the only global automaker that builds pickups inside Chinese boarders. The Chinese government has been resistant to allowing outside pickup makers to sell their vehicles in China but has lifted the ban in select provinces to gauge interest from the industries in those regions. 

The relaxed import restrictions could mean expanded profits for those select pickup truck makers that can take advantage of the opportunities. Likewise, this could also be the first step in allowing the possibility of more Chinese pickup products into the U.S. at some future date as well. 

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Well, if you can import stuff might as well export also. Global market and might as well take advantage of it.

@Toycrusher,

You're going to HELL. Happy Thanksgiving Dude!!

By rule GM has to produce vehicles in the PRC, and they do, even exporting vehicles made in the PRC for the U.S. market undercutting U.S. workers!

Looks like China will be getting "The Global Silverado" before the USA gets the Ranger. Once again, Ford bringing the Raptor to China equates to nothing more than a marketing stunt while GM selling the Silverado there is business and profits just like the midsize twins are raking in the profits here in NA. Meanwhile, Ford has to idle F-150 production. Go figure.

@gmsrgreat
At 25 percent tariff nobody is making a lot of money importing trucks there. They won't sell many and the profits will be very small. There is a possibility gm could lose money overall.

HAHA, I bet GMSRGREAT and JOhnny love to see the phrase,"According to Automotive News, Chevy will be the SECOND U.S. pickup maker to import its vehicles into the country; the FIRST was Ford...."

Chevy always second, GMC Third on every level.

Its a big market, why not?

Its a big market, why not?

Great for America! Hopefully they will get the 6.6 Duramax too. Holden really needs to sell the Silverado in Australia at a decent price.

HAHA, I bet GMSRGREAT and JOhnny love to see the phrase,"According to Automotive News, Chevy will be the SECOND U.S. pickup maker to import its vehicles into the country; the FIRST was Ford...."

Chevy always second, GMC Third on every level.

Posted by: Nitro | Nov 23, 2016 1:25:41 PM

Hey, Nitro you forgot to add the rest of the sentence.

the Hummer lineup have long been a symbol of wealth and status in China,

Question for you Nitro, who made the Hummer line-up?

@gmsrgreat, keep trying....oh and have a happy thanksgiving, be thankful your number 2 and three and Ram didnt overtake them....YET

@gmsrgreat, keep trying....oh and have a happy thanksgiving, be thankful your number 2 and three and Ram didnt overtake them....YET

Posted by: Nitro | Nov 23, 2016 2:46:15 PM

Nitro, thanks for the kind words. Yes, I am thankful that I am able to afford a Silverado High Country with the 6.2 8 speed. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.

By rule GM has to produce vehicles in the PRC, and they do, even exporting vehicles made in the PRC for the U.S. market undercutting U.S. workers!
Posted by: oxi | Nov 23, 2016 11:09:00 AM

Yet you driven a Mexican-made Toyota.

At 25 percent tariff nobody is making a lot of money importing trucks there. They won't sell many and the profits will be very small. There is a possibility gm could lose money overall.
Posted by: Beebe | Nov 23, 2016 11:45:11 AM

Uh they just roll that tariff into the price. It's not as though there's a price war in the Chinese pickup truck market like there is in the US/Canada.

Mini Coopers sell for $85,000 and a BMW X5 can sell for as much as $300,000. A Ferrari 458 sells for $724k while the same car sells for $230k in the US.

Really, are you sure the American made Goverment Motors not Mexican made?

Ford is the only true American Made Trucks out there from the big three. Ford made their engines in house - unlike government motors Japanese built theirs.

GM making the money, while Ford circles the toilet drain. Love it!

China's been unloading their junk on us for years. Why not unload some junk GM products back on them ??

Good, finally sending china some junk for a change. Lol

Maybe they will figure out what makes them vibrate and shake, fix them, and export them to America for sale again.

Good, finally sending china some junk for a change. Lol

Posted by: Gasser V8 | Nov 23, 2016 6:50:01 PM

Agreed !

http://www.carnewschina.com/2016/11/10/lincoln-continental-will-launch-on-the-chinese-car-market-on-november-28/

Excerpt from article above:

Ford, which announced it would be importing the new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor to China as well.

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I wonder what it costs to repair bent frames in China ?

Ford, the truck leader, came us with this idea first. GM is following Ford.

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/04/22/ford-f-150-raptor-china-sales-henry-ford-iii/

@dapper dan.
Of course they roll it into the price. But when you account for that along with the value of chinese currency and the cost to import them, there are VERY few people in china that can afford to and want to buy these trucks. So they won't be making much money, and if they can't get enough people to pay the exorbitant cost for the trucks they import, they could lose money.

@Alex
China is a LHD market not RHD. These are niche vehicles in China, they will sell very few.

@Alex,
China is LHD, not a RHD. These vehicles will fill a niche in China

So they won't be making much money, and if they can't get enough people to pay the exorbitant cost for the trucks they import, they could lose money.


Posted by: beebe | Nov 23, 2016 8:29:10 PM
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GM has done well with establishing it's brands early in China. Their Cadillac and Buick brands have done great. Establishing it's pickups there early has a big upside and little downside. Even if they don't make a profit the first year, they get the advantages/benefits of being first to market. Leading instead of following.

@ Greg, really? http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/09/talking-trucks-tuesdays-made-in-america.html

Duramax - Made in Ohio:
https://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/company_info/facilities/powertrain/dmax.html

6.7 Scorpion - Made in Mexico:
http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2009/11/ford-ready-to-start-67liter-power-stroke-v8-diesel-production.html

GM's Flint Assembly - Flint, Michigan builds:
Chevy Silverado HD
GMC Sierra HD
Chevy Silverado 1500

http://flintassembly.gm.com/Facilities/public/us/en/flint/news.html

GM's Fort Wayne Assembly - Roanoke, Indiana builds:
Chevy Silverado 1500 Regular and Double Cabs
GMC Sierra 1500 Reg & Double Cabs
Chevy Silverado HD
GMC Sierra HD
Some crew cab production is also shifting out of Mexico and back to Fort Wayne.

http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/company_info/facilities/assembly/ftw.html



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