By Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor
During a trip earlier this month to Bergey’s Buick GMC in Franconia Township (Souderton), PA, MACS was fortunate enough to be shown their newest Robinair R/R/R machine for use with R-1234yf refrigerant as well as the new 2017 GMC Acadia which uses the HFO in its A/C system. You can read all about it at this link: https://macsworldwide.wordpress.com/2016/09/22/gmc-hits-the-road-with-r-1234yf/
While we were there, we stopped by the new car showroom to check out the other GMC and Buick models they had on display, and it was just our luck that they happened to have a very special new car parked out front that was just driven off of the transport truck. That’s where we saw our first GM vehicle that was built in China and being sold in the United States. It was the all-new 2016 Buick Envision.
According to James Pollino, new car sales manager at their GMC Buick store, Bergey’s has sold quite a few of the new Envisions, in fact more than their original dealer allotment of 12. The only one they had on the lot that day was a white 2016 Envision AWD Premium model that was originally sent to a dealership in Smithtown, NY, but was then traded to Bergey’s to meet customer demands.
Pollino says these first few shipments of the small luxury SUV will be 2016 models. He expects to receive 2017 models later on this year, perhaps sometime in October. “We have more ‘16s on the way, but should start seeing the ‘17s this fall.”
Envision is being built on GM’s D2XX/D2UX platform. Introduced in August 2012, it’s shared with other GM models such as the 2015 Opel Astra and Buick Verano, as well as the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze and Volt. Its Chinese name is “Ang Ke Wei” (昂科威) and has been selling there since late 2014. It’s being built by SAIC-GM (Shanghai GM) at their Dong Yue Foundry in Yantai, Shandong Province, China.
More information about Bergey’s Buick GMC can be found on their www.bergeysbuickgmc.com website. You can also find out more about the 2016 Buick Envision by visiting www.buick.com and clicking on Envision.
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