Buick Teases Velite PHEV; It’s a China-Bound Chevy Volt
It's really nearly identical to the US model, yet this one will be locally built
While it may bear a Buick badge, the Velite is very obviously the latest Chevrolet Volt with very minor styling tweaks. Set to reach Chinese Buick showrooms in early 2017, the car has been officially teased for the very first time.
However, images of the actual production Buick Velite were leaked weeks ago on CNC; they are posted in the gallery after the teaser.
The Velite will be locally manufactured in the PRC by the Shanghai-GM joint venture and it’s set to be officially unveiled to the public next month, most likely in close-to-production concept form.
It’s interesting to not that the Velite name is not all-new, as it was conjured up for a concept car released in 2004. That concept ultimately led to the creation of the Cascada drop more than a decade later and now its name is used on a plug-in hybrid for the Chinese market.