Biden's Tariffs Likely Won't Impact Americans Who Already Drive Cars Made in China - Autoblog - Latest Global News

Biden’s Tariffs Likely Won’t Impact Americans Who Already Drive Cars Made in China – Autoblog

A 2024 Buick Envision Sport TouringGM DESIGN

  • Chinese car brands are missing from the US market, but US-made cars are still sold.
  • Americans bought more than 104,000 Chinese-made cars in 2023 and nearly 28,000 in the first quarter of 2024.
  • Buick, Lincoln, Polestar and Volvo all sell cars made in China in the US.

Of the more than 15 million cars sold in the United States last year, none bore the emblem of a Chinese car brand.

Chinese electric car stars like BYD and SAIC are conspicuously missing from US showrooms. Given the government’s existing 27.5% tariffs on Chinese-made cars and Tuesday’s new 100% tariffs on Chinese-made electric vehicles imported into the U.S., the situation is unlikely to change anytime soon.

However, what some people may not know is that tens of thousands of Chinese-made cars are sold in the United States every year.

Volvo’s S60L sedan was one of the first Chinese-made cars sold in the United States starting in 2016, followed by Buick’s Envision SUV and Cadillac’s CT6 Hybrid.

U.S. consumers purchased more than 104,000 Chinese-made vehicles in 2023, a 45% increase from 2022, according to data from Automotive News.

In the first quarter of 2024, Americans purchased an additional 28,000 Chinese-made cars.

Currently, Buick, Lincoln, Polestar and Volvo sell Chinese-made vehicles in the United States. Of these, the only electric vehicles made in China come from Polestar, a brand jointly owned by Volvo and its parent company Geely Automotive. The EV brand imported just 2,217 cars in the first three months of 2024.

It is unclear how the new tariffs will affect Polestar’s future production plans. The company ultimately plans to move some of its automotive production to South Carolina in 2024.

In a statement to Business Insider, a Polestar spokesperson said the company is reviewing the Biden administration’s announcement.

Here’s a closer look at the Chinese-made cars for sale in the US.

Buick Envision

A 2024 Buick Envision AvenirGM

When it was launched in 2016, the Buick Envision compact SUV was one of the first Chinese-made vehicles sold in the United States. The second-generation Envision, launched in 2021, will continue to be manufactured in China at one of the plants GM operates in a joint venture with SAIC. With more than 44,000 vehicles sold, the Envision was Buick’s second best-selling model in 2023.

Last year, Buick sold 167,000 vehicles across its entire lineup in the U.S., an impressive 61% increase over the previous year. However, that number pales in comparison to Buick’s sales in China, which totaled 517,000 units last year.

Lincoln Nautilus

The Lincoln Nautilus midsize luxury SUV was originally launched in 2019 as a mid-cycle refresh of the existing MKX model. This year, Lincoln launched the all-new second-generation 2024 Nautilus, manufactured at Ford’s Hangzhou plant, which operates in a joint venture with China’s Changan Automobile.

In recent years, the Hangzhou plant produced the Nautilus for the Chinese market, while the Ford plant in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, manufactured U.S. versions. However, as CNN reported, Hangzhou took over production in the US market when Ford decided to repurpose the Oakville plant to focus on electric vehicles.

Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 debuted in the USA in 2019. It was the first electric vehicle offering from Polestar, Volvo’s former performance division, which was spun off from Chinese parent company Geely Automotive and turned into a standalone company.

While the Polestar 2 was designed in Sweden, it is manufactured at the factory in Chengdu, China.

Polestar 3

The Polestar 3.

The Polestar 3.Polaris

All-new for 2024, the Polestar 3 EV is the brand’s first SUV. Production of the new Polestar 3 began in late 2023 at the company’s factory in Chengdu, China, alongside the Polestar 2.

The first vehicles for the US market will be manufactured in China. However, production of the Polestar 3 for the US and European markets will move to Volvo’s factory in Ridgeway, South Carolina this summer.

There’s also a Polestar 4 coming to the US, but Renault Korea will make versions of that vehicle for the US market at its factory in Busan, South Korea.

Volvo S90

A gray Volvo S90 Recharge T8 AWD sedan is parked in front of a concrete building.

A Volvo S90 Recharge T8 AWD in platinum grayVolvo

The S90, Volvo’s flagship luxury sedan, is manufactured at the Daqing plant in northern China. Shortly after its launch in 2016, Volvo decided to move S90 production from its factory in Torslanda, Sweden to China. The station wagon variant of the S90, the V90, is still manufactured in Sweden.

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