Trump Isn't Happy About the Chevrolet Cruze

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
trump isnt happy about the chevrolet cruze

Updated with statement from General Motors.

It’s not just Ford’s Mexican assembly plants that has President-elect steaming on Twitter.

Donald Trump’s latest online automotive salvo wasn’t directed at the Blue Oval, which was a favorite corporate punching bag during the election campaign. Rather, it was General Motors’ turn to be blasted.

“General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border,” Trump tweeted this morning. “Make in U.S.A. or pay big border tax!”

The president-elect has famously threatened Ford and other automakers who manufacture vehicles south of the border with a 35-percent import tax. While GM primarily builds the Cruze at its Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant, it bolsters that production with overflow from Mexico. Last year, the automaker said that domestic demand of the next-generation Cruze would be partly met with vehicles from its Ramos Arizpe, Mexico plant.

General Motors replied shortly after Trump’s tweet with an official statement, saying, “General Motors manufacturers the Chevrolet Cruze sedan in Lordstown, Ohio. All Chevrolet Cruze sedans sold in the U.S. are built in GM’s assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. GM builds the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback for global markets in Mexico, with a small number sold in the U.S.”

The lack of demand for passenger cars recently forced GM to curtail production at several U.S. plants to get ballooning inventories under control. In mid-December, GM had a 121-day supply of Cruze models. To stem the flow, Lordstown will shut down for a week this month.

[Image: General Motors]

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  • Philipwitak Philipwitak on Jan 04, 2017

    anybody ever heard of nafta? it is the controlling trade deal that treats all production vehicles manufactured in canada, mexico and the u.s.a. as domestic makes for all three countries. under nafta, tariffs of the sort 'donnie dips hit' threatens are not permitted. and i don't see canada or mexico expressing any interest whatsoever in renegotiating nafta.

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    • Mtmmo Mtmmo on Jan 04, 2017

      philipwitak apparently you have limited knowledge of NAFTA. President Trump can easily cancel the agreement as it only requires a six month written notice. That however won't be necessary as Canada and Mexico are already on record to following President Trump wishes and renegotiating the agreement. It's just one small step in President Trump Making America Great Again.

  • Akear Akear on Jan 05, 2017

    Why isn't trump mad that the Bolt was engineered and designed in Korea. White collar workers are getting the shaft too in this country.

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  • SCE to AUX "had far more to do with working with Venezuela to ensure freer elections and more international cooperation than expanding anyone’s oil supply"That's double BS - no oil purchase will clean up Venezuela's corruption, and of course the administration wants to see lower gas prices.The US chooses its friends poorly, and this is the latest example.
  • Jkross22 Aren't toy cars by definition those with 2 seats?
  • SCE to AUX Nothing new to see here. Indonesia is already the world's largest nickel producer (30%) at 800 metric tons. don't care because this production advances the EV agenda, and conservatives feign concern only because it's a convenient weapon against the EV agenda.Absolutely nobody cared when the same nickel mines helped produce every other product we have been buying for the last 50 years.
  • FreedMike So...large scale energy production has consequences, no matter what the source. Wouldn't have guessed that in a million years.