As the family car turns into the family crossover, the trend is clear - U.S. automakers want to import these vehicles rather than build them in America.

As Chevrolet kills off its Cruze, Malibu and other sedans, Ford sunsets its Focus and Fusion, Dodge its Dart, and Chrysler its 200 sedan, one trend is becoming perfectly clear. American brands are building the new family car replacements anywhere but inside of the United States.


Chevy’s three newest crossovers are all built outside of America. The Trax and Trailblazer are overseas imports from South Korea and other locations, and the Chevy Blazer is made in Mexico. The Chevrolet Equinox was made in Canada, but that work was shifted to Mexico. The GMC Terrain is a near clone of the Equinox and it too has moved to Mexico.



Chevy isn’t the only GM brand shifting its high-volume family vehicles out of the United States. Buick is the leader among GM brands in terms of imports. Its Encore, Encore GX, and Envision are all imported from overseas. China in the case of the Envision. Buick’s new wagon, that it markets as a crossover, is also imported. In its case, from Germany. Buick also has multiple car models it now imports. Only one of its high-volume vehicles is now built in the U.S.