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Buick introduces Volt-based Velite 5 to China

Buick introduces Volt-based Ve...
Buick Velite 5 at Auto Shanghai 2017
Buick Velite 5 at Auto Shanghai 2017
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Buick says that the Velite 5’s Chinese market expectations are a 477-mile (768-km) total range with up to 72 miles (116 km) of that being all-electric
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Buick says that the Velite 5’s Chinese market expectations are a 477-mile (768-km) total range with up to 72 miles (116 km) of that being all-electric
The Buick Velite 5 is the second of a planned line of new-energy and green vehicles to be produced under the Buick Blue strategy for China
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The Buick Velite 5 is the second of a planned line of new-energy and green vehicles to be produced under the Buick Blue strategy for China
With underpinnings taken directly out of the current-generation Chevrolet Volt, the Velite 5 has an electronically controlled variable transmission (EVT) housing a high-performance electric drive motor
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With underpinnings taken directly out of the current-generation Chevrolet Volt, the Velite 5 has an electronically controlled variable transmission (EVT) housing a high-performance electric drive motor
Buick Velite 5 at Auto Shanghai 2017
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Buick Velite 5 at Auto Shanghai 2017
Buick Velite 5 at Auto Shanghai 2017
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Buick Velite 5 at Auto Shanghai 2017
Buick Velite 5 at Auto Shanghai 2017
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Buick Velite 5 at Auto Shanghai 2017
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The Buick Velite 5 will be the first extended-range electric vehicle the company has debuted. Designed specifically for the Chinese market, where Buick is flourishing, the Volt-based vehicle was recently unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show.

With underpinnings taken directly out of the current-generation Chevrolet Volt introduced in 2015, the Velite 5 has an electronically controlled variable transmission (EVT) housing a high-performance electric drive motor. The Velite 5 utilizes a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine as a range extender, and a lithium-ion battery pack for energy storage.

With underpinnings taken directly out of the current-generation Chevrolet Volt, the Velite 5 has an electronically controlled variable transmission (EVT) housing a high-performance electric drive motor
With underpinnings taken directly out of the current-generation Chevrolet Volt, the Velite 5 has an electronically controlled variable transmission (EVT) housing a high-performance electric drive motor

Buick says that the Velite 5's Chinese market expectations are a 477-mile (768-km) total range with up to 72 miles (116 km) of that being all-electric. Fuel consumption is rated at 0.9 l/100km (261 mpg), making it the first hybrid vehicle in China to be manufactured with a rating below 1.0 l/100km (235 mpg).

The Buick Velite 5 is the latest of a planned line of new-energy and green vehicles to be produced under the Buick Blue strategy for China. It joins the LaCrosse Hybrid, which launched in April.

There are two trim levels, the GL and GS. The 1.5GL is priced at RMB 265,800 (about US$38,600) and the 1.5GS at 295,800 ($42,995). Both models are eligible for a Chinese market low-emissions vehicle subsidy of RMB 36,000 ($5,200).

Source: Buick

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2 comments
zr2s10
I'm curious as to why the electric range is about 50% higher than that of the Volt. Is there an upgrade coming for it? I would just be happy if the current one were more widely available, and had a better take rate (so I can buy a used one soon). But that's on GM for poor advertising. Most people have never even heard of it, and the original has been out for years.
JasonWillhite
I'm wondering if the electric only range of 72 miles is based on a Chinese government's estimated range and may be similarly not realistic like Europe's NEDC mileage estimate. But if that 72 miles is realistic, this car would be awesome to have here in the US!