Editor's note: The Volvo model coming to the U.S. from China was misstated in an earlier version of this story. The S60 Inscription sedan is coming to U.S. showrooms soon.
DETROIT -- In 2013, General Motors polled some U.S. Buick dealers about their volume and model-mix expectations for a new vehicle: a compact crossover that has since been launched in China as the Buick Envision.
It's two years later and there's no U.S. Envision, leaving industry watchers and dealers scratching their heads.
"It would fit perfectly in the Buick lineup at a time when crossover sales are growing fast," says Jack Nerad, executive market analyst at Kelley Blue Book. "I'm sure a lot of Buick dealers wish they had it today."
GM still is expected to launch the five-seat Envision in the U.S., probably sometime in the second half of next year, industry forecasters say.
And if that happens, it would almost certainly be imported here from China.