It was a status symbol, so GM’s partner, SAIC, the state-owned automaker based in Shanghai, wanted to consummate their relationship with Buick. In 1995, they agreed to build a new factory to assemble the Century and GL8 minivan that’s only for the Chinese market. Today, about five times as many Buicks are sold in China as the U.S. Some, like the popular Envision crossover, return home. And for good reason. Buick imported 40,040 Envisions in 2017 plus 16,814 in the first half of 2018, making it the brand’s third-most-popular model.