Turns Out Trump Was Right About Mexican-Made Chevy Cruze Cars Sold In USA

After President Trump slammed GM for building US-bound cars in Mexico a few weeks back, the automaker was quick to deny such accusations.

In fact, GM went on record saying that all Chevy Cruise models sold in the US, were built by Uncle Sam, in Lordstown, Ohio. As it turns out, Trump was right and Mexican-built Cruze sedans are currently up for sale in the United States.

To make matters worse, CNNMoney even found a Cruze sedan built in Mexico at a GM dealership in Lordstown, Ohio of all places – which is more than just ironic considering what GM said after Trump’s allegations earlier this month.

Now, workers at the GM Assembly Plant in Lordstown are angry, especially after facing 1,200 layoffs on the same day as Trump’s inauguration. According to CNN, GM told workers there were too many Cruze sedans on car lots that weren’t selling, so the automaker had to let some of the 4,500 workers at the plant go.

“It’s the ultimate insult: Chevy Cruzes with Mexican VIN numbers shipped to Lordstown,” said Heather Lexso, a worker at the GM plant in Lordstown. The Mexican-built Cruze sedan for sale at Spitzer Chevrolet Lordstown was located just 5 miles from the factory where American workers are losing their jobs.

“How messed up is that someone in Lordstown could be driving a Mexican-made Cruze?”, added another GM worker from the plant.

Last week, General Motors finally admitted that some 8,400 Chevy Cruze sedans were built in Mexico at the end of 2016 and then brought to the United States for sale.

“A small number of Mexico-made Chevrolet Cruze sedans were produced in 2016 for sale in the US. This supplemental production ended in December. Lordstown is now the sole source for the Cruze sedans,” stated GM spokesman Tom Wickham.

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  • ScubaScuba

    There’s been quite a few “Turns out Trump was right” articles on the internet lately

    • Jim Jones ©

      I think they really have to filter through, but I’m pretty sure Trump is also right about the media too.

    • emjayay

      Seriously?

    • JGreen

      Snopes will still say Trump was wrong because although the Cruze was built in Mexico & sent to Ohio, it was raining that day so its false.

      • I’mCallingYouOut

        uh, no.

    • Matt

      I think in this case, Trump was right by accident.

      • BqWsRe

        I think Trump is right most of the time and much more often than his evil opposition

        • Matt

          Thank God for ‘alternative facts’, right?

      • smartacus

        i think in this case, GM was lying and not by accident.

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        I don’t think Trump does or ever has done anything by accident.

        • Kaisuke971

          Doubt his business that failed did so on purpose

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            Well, of course failures are generally not on purpose, but the business was started on purpose.

          • Kaisuke971

            But it wasn’t started to fail jeez your comment almost made me lose brain cells

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            Well of course!! Nothing is ever started to fail!! Never mind, you clearly want to argue. Good day….

    • BqWsRe

      And many more that should be but with a bias liberal media…

      Trump was right that he would win the Presidency too. 😊

      • Scuuped

        Listen up people. Stop replying to this troll’s posts! He is posting from Russia paid for by the Russian govt.

    • Mr E Fella

      if i say enough things non stop im bound to get something right eventually too.

  • pcurve

    I like this car, but it cost more than comparably equipped Mazda 3. Are they overshooting the msrp? There are plenty of people buying compact cars, but what makes GM think they’re gonna pay more for Cruze?

    • danno

      GM has always inflated MSRP and then discounted to make pricing move metal – seems they can’t get off that cycle.

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        And don’t forget cheap long term finacing and the $4000 more for your trade…. 🙂

  • emjayay

    All Ford Fusions and Focuses are made in Mexico. What about them? What about the 15% or so of Mexican made parts in US built American cars? What about Chrysler minivans and Impalas or whatever made in Canada? What about Jeep Renegades made in Italy and Buick Encores made in South Korea? What about Japanese branded cars made in Japan or Korean branded cars made in Korea? What about Japanese cars made in the US with maybe a Japanese engine or transmission? What about German transmissions in all Fiestas and Focuses?

    What about GM cars with all the high value design and tooling done in the US and then manufactured in China using German or American robots? What about Buicks designed in Germany as Opels and then made here?

    Trump and Congress need a policy in law, not a bunch of Trump tweets and Trump rally slogans. Are they just anti-Mexico, or anti import or anti cars with American names being made somewhere else? Are they pro American car factories exporting cars? What about foreign owned American factories like BMW exporting vehicles made here to countries all over the world?

    How about the Samsung (Korean) or Sony (Japanese) TV and the LG washing machine and refrigerator in your house?

    Corporations are global. It is not a simple national business world today. Simple minded slogans and claims are rather inadequate.

    • McF1

      The global manufacturing world is interesting.
      The other day I realised that German (BMW) owned British brand Mini has it’s JCW Countryman currently manufactured in Austria whilst the Mini Convertible JCW is manufactured in the Netherlands. I had been under the impression that all Minis were manufactured in the UK. An irony with the Mini Convertible is that the soft top can be ordered with a union jack design, although the car is produced in the Netherlands. The only thing British about it is the Mini brand name.

    • JGreen

      What about the point of this article – that US factories are closing & moving to Mexico – it’s not talking about ALL imports. Trump is working on policy, he has only been sworn in 2 1/2 days.

      • BqWsRe

        Exactly.

        But the sore loser lefties are just proving to be the whiners they are and who never achieve anything. If they did, then maybe Trump wouldnt have been elected.

        Feels so good to see O-BUMa gone. He now has more time to golf.

        • dumblikeyou2

          Look everyone, BqWsRe manipulated his won votes by upvoting himself. He really is a Republican! Trumpy must be so proud.

          • danno

            So dumb…, do you have anything substantive to discuss, or are you just going to go with ad hom attacks ?

          • Enter Ranting

            That’s all he has. No substance, only bluster, just like his master, Donald Drumpf.

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            Do you think Trump voted for Hilary or himself? How about Hilary? You think she voted for Trump or a write in, or I dunno, herself? Nothing wrong with voting himself up, he said it and he agrees with himself.

      • KenjiK

        You said that like it’s a new thing. Remind me how did China became so powerful?

        • smartacus

          China became powerful because of Nixon and Kissinger going to China

        • JGreen

          I was saying the point of this article is that US manufactures are moving out of the US to bordering countries. As far a I know, US companies did not move to China.

          • bonzomatic

            GM is definitely building in China for cars sold there.

    • BqWsRe

      You are right, time to bring the American companies back from Canada so they can start to support Americans again. Time for Canadians to stop leeching off American companies, investment and know-how, and take care of themselves.

      Boy, can’t wait for NAFTA to get renegotiated. Little Trudeau is shaking in his boots already saying he will work with President Trump…lol

      • danno

        What’s even more amazing is the person trudope has recently announced as his minister of foreign affairs – Chrystia Freeland – a snowflake.
        She’s banned from Russia and states it”s Putin’s problem.
        Can’t make this stuff up.

    • smartacus

      wow! you got 18 upvotes for your factual statement
      …except you tricked them; it’s not factual

      Fusion is not just made in Mexico,
      but Flat Rock Michigan also.

      Focus is not made in Mexico
      Focus is made in Wayne Michigan
      except for the Focus RS which is made in Germany

      Trump signed an executive order backing out of TPP.
      Where have you been?

      You should not buy a TV in the first place
      TV rots your brain.
      i have been living TV free for 7 years now

      • KenjiK

        Freshen what’s left of your brain by turning your computer/phone off then.

        • smartacus

          aw yeah you swallow your therapy dog’s splooge too.
          *cough*

    • Althea Later

      That’s not the point of this article. The point is that GM lied. So because we live in a “Global Economy” we should just give away all our manufacturing jobs?

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        “The point is that GM lied” IMPOSSIBLE! GM doesn’t lie! Right? You know, about ignition switches that kill people…that wasn’t a lie, they just didn’t tell anyone….right?

        GM:Giant Manipulators

    • Anonymoose

      shit, it’s almost like corporations don’t give a damn about people, countries or borders.

    • bonzomatic

      Interesting that just after you posted this, Trump axed the TPP, and is going to renegotiate NAFTA.

  • Cook_diesel

    What’s so ironic about this story (which originally broke a few weeks back) is that GM cut the 3rd shift at Lordstown back in early November which is the equivalent of about 1,250 jobs. So in some ways I think they are deserving of the negative publicity.

  • kachuks

    Did somebody drop the ball and assume only U.S. Cruzes were sold here, or did they knowingly think they could get away with it.

    • BqWsRe

      And that is why union members broke for Trump.

      Going to be an awesome year!

  • kaffekup

    As with all his lies, there is usually a tiny nugget of truth somewhere in the fine print that convinces his followers that he’s the Second Coming.

    • BqWsRe

      Usually but not in this case.

      Well, the “Messiah” is now playing golf…again. Good riddance.

      All hail Trump. Love the guy. Only one will balls to do what’s right.

      • danno

        Playing golf at a private billionaire’s golf course that only allows a few folks on by invitation only.

        • Rick Alexander

          Correction. The “Messiah”… is NOT playing golf. The Messiah is practicing for Cleveland’s next game against the Golden State Warriors! I know this for a fact. He told all his followers that when last we prayed to him.

        • Enter Ranting

          Oh, no! Invitation only?! That’s sooooo elitist! How dare he?!

          • smartacus

            Elitists like Soros, Zuckerberg, Sandberg, and all the rest of the Hillary supporters

      • Enter Ranting

        You’re criticizing Obama for playing golf?! He’s a private citizen now, dopey.

    • Enter Ranting

      And that nugget is a SINGLE car, that made its way to Lordstown from Mexico. BUILD THE WALL! LOCK HER UP! HEIL TRUMP!

    • Anonymoose

      Well, y’know.. 1 in 40000 lepers agree, Jesus performed miracles.

  • Galaxium

    Manufacturing is declining in all already industrialized nations. Protectionism is only going to hurt yourself.

    • BqWsRe

      You need to get out of your Econ 101 class. Don’t worry, we will excuse your naivete for now.

      • Enter Ranting

        Please enlighten us – how does the economy work regarding tariffs (or as Drumpf calls them, “border taxes.”)? Drumpf doesn’t even understand how he’s currently in violation of the Constitution he just swore to protect.

        • smartacus

          Please enlighten us – how does Trump not know about managing Billions of Dollars while Hillarity somehow does?

          • Waykent

            Who is Hillarity?

          • smartacus

            the one who puts on the pantsuit one leg at a time…like any other guy :p

          • Anonymoose

            Trump knows lots about managing money directly into his pocket while cheating everyone else. Contractors, employees, banks, creditors..

            Hillary doesn’t have to lie to make money, they just buy her straight out.

    • danno

      So why continue the status quo?
      And manufacturing will be replaced by ….. fill in the blank.

      • Galaxium

        Who knows? If Mexico is able to further industrialize and join the rest of the world in wealth, then maybe manufacturing might move to another poverty-stricken country. So on and so forth.

        Manufacturing in the US has been declining even prior to NAFTA. It’s just how a nation might slowly change its economy to adapt. eg. Korea turning into a finance/research economy from originally being a manufacturing nation.

    • smartacus

      That is in no way true.

      Protectionism will only hurt if your nation is not self-sufficient
      like China or Mexico, not USA

      • Galaxium

        Take a Macro 101 class.

        Tax your imports, and so will other nations. While we may have lost quite a bit of jobs in manufacturing, we have millions of jobs that deal with international trade.

        It’s also thanks to international trade that back in 2007 that caused domestic auto manufacturers to realize it was time to stop selling horse shit products to Americans. At one point, more Japanese cars were being sold than were American cars. It’s thanks to free trade that the costs of many technological advances have been accessible to the middle class.

        • smartacus

          LOL other nations are not self-sufficient if they needed to be.
          USA can be if it were allowed to.
          That is the difference.

          • Galaxium

            Self-sufficient? Sure. But it’d be incredibly inefficient. Not sure why you’re bringing this up.

            Thankfully, having a free market with better international products is available for us. You avoided my entire point that the free market helped spur change for the better for domestic auto companies.

          • smartacus

            Me? You brought it up.
            USA used to make all their own cars.

            China is not self-sufficient.
            Without USA; China would descend into chaos as the lack of demand would ruin industrialization

          • Silimarina

            “USA used to make all their own cars”- yes and they were pos cars compared to the EU cars.
            “Without USA; China would descend into chaos as the lack of demand would ruin industrialization” lol China is the biggest market, and will continue to grow

          • Anonymoose

            >>lol China is the biggest market, and will continue to grow

            except that the entire impetus for China’s ‘growth’ is exporting cheap manufactured goods through slave labour (literal or figuratively) and by stealing the technical innovations developed and designed elsewhere – look at their ‘amazing’ high-speed rail network – built with stolen French, Japanese and German trains they’re now trying to copy and sell abroad. Where do you think they’d be if they weren’t exporting 70 million iPhones a year?

            It doesn’t matter if you have a billion ‘middle class’ peasants- the economy still relies on being continuously fed foreign capital to inflate internal demand.

          • Silimarina

            “Where do you think they’d be if they weren’t exporting 70 million iPhones a year?” Lol! yes Apple losing a sh*tloads of money + all the high paying jobs from Apple in US wich means a big hit in the US economy.While China will lose a few thousands low paying jobs.In other words US will take a bigger hit than China.
            Come back when you will understand economics

          • smartacus

            nope, ABSOLUTELY not true.

            I attend so many classic car shows and classic motorcycle shows.

            i’ve seen THOUSANDS of old vehicles made in USA, i rarely see an old European car.

            Just this Tuesday; i saw a 1917 Dodge hand built by the original Dodge Brothers still running. I even saw a 1902 FORD brass era car with a tiller instead of a steering wheel. These were owned by regular average people too.

            If you believe China will continue to grow just fine without USA,
            then what reason do they have for acting all threatened now? 🙂

          • Silimarina

            So, you are surprised that you see more old US made vehicles in US and rarely old EU cars?
            I did not say that China will continue to grow without USA, but rather in the current global economy.And US needs China or any other low paying jobs country (Mexico in this article) in order to be competitive.

          • smartacus

            whoah, you just flinched so noticeably

          • smartacus

            Not sure why
            you are not sure why
            i would bring that up:

            You said it will hurt, i replied it will only hurt non-selfsufficient nations.
            You have avoided my point that other nations are not self-sufficient like the USA could be if it were allowed to be.

            Not sure why you say i avoided your entire point about free market helping spur change for the better, when i specifically answered it. So far all our magnanimous embrace of trade-deficits and calling it “free market” has not been met with equally free markets with whom we have trading-deficits.

            Why shouldn’t we emulate China’s policy?
            They don’t easily accept foreign cars in.

            Manufacturers have to make factories in China
            and make Chinese jobs if they want access.

  • GTKRWN

    Wow. Some liberals lied, and the news agencies paid by the liberals to spread political lies covered it.

    How completely unexpected.

    • Anonymoose

      so GENERAL MOTORS is a liberal, is it?

  • fabri99

    So GM doesn’t pay “big border tax”, uh?

    • BqWsRe

      They will.

      • fabri99

        Will they pay “Biggly”?

        • smartacus

          Corporations don’t pay any tax

          • Phil

            Neither does Trump

          • smartacus

            Neither does the Clinton Foundation!!!!

          • fabri99

            I wish somebody could just get my jokes, laugh a little and move on.

        • Phil

          YUGELY

    • smartacus

      apparently; GM doesn’t pay a liar tax either for lying

  • Jerry Hightower

    Why are the Lordstown workers upset? Don’t they still get paid per their union contract?

    • danno

      Maybe they have pride in their work?

      • Enter Ranting

        Whaaaaaaaaa?! Too proud assembling Chevy Cruises to take time off and get paid?! That MUST be it…

    • bill

      no, the 1200 that just got laid off are not still getting paid.

  • Liam Paul

    So if you brought a cruze sedan believing it to had been built in lordstown ohio and it was in fact built in mexico I think GM should be forced to buy those cars back from owners who were mislead. This cars being built here in the states is so far the only thing though trump is doing right

    • BqWsRe

      Trump is on a roll and doing everything right so far.

      Going to be a great week as everything starts to get changed.

      • Enter Ranting

        Except for the fact that he’s in violation of the Constitution. And that he needlessly lied about the size of his inauguration crowd, which was easily eclipsed by the womans’ march. And was caught in a lie about his feud with the CIA. And filled his swamp with political insiders and Goldman Sachs executives. And still hasn’t locked up Hillary. Yeah, he’s on a roll alright…

    • TBN27

      I wouldn’t. A lot of American made parts went into it so I wouldn’t be worried about last point of assembly but that’s me

  • BqWsRe

    Americans are getting tired of the sore loser left-wing media who can’t get enough of attacking President Trump and spreading their fake news. This is is just another example of the many where the “media” rushed to accuse President Trump without checking facts or even caring about them.

    To the media…You lost. You said so arrogantly Trump would never win only to get egg on your face. Maybe it is time the extremist crybaby media engage in a little reflection as to why they lost and why the overwhelming majority of Americans hate and don’t trust them. But then again, smart, humble and hardworking people usually don’t become “journalist.”

    • KenjiK

      And you’re still liking your own comments… Like a dog licking his own balls.

      • danno

        Bets on you would, if you could.

        • KenjiK

          Sorry to disappoint you, i don’t have this kind of issues.

          • danno

            You started the topic…just sayin’

          • smartacus

            he meant to say he castrated himself
            and doesn’t have those kinds of issues

          • KenjiK

            Well I have no doubt that you would, but just don’t assume everyone else is in the same boat.

      • Rick Alexander

        Duuuuude… waaaay too visual a comment, but I couldn’t stop laughing at it! 😛

      • smartacus

        And you’re still liking the left wing
        like a dog licking his own vomit
        🙂

    • Enter Ranting

      Spoken like a true Drumpfie. Newsflash: Drumpf lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes, and barely squeaked by with the electoral college numbers. Plus, over 70% of Americans, including Drumpf supporters, want to see what he’s hiding in his tax returns. Facts. Suck on ’em.

    • Silimarina

      “Americans are getting tired of the sore loser left-wing media who can’t
      get enough of attacking President Trump and spreading their fake news” – and what did the right-wing(Fox News) media did when Obama was president?

  • Christian

    As an European person, I never really liked Trump but between Hillery or 3rd Party, I would without doubt pick Trump! I do not agree with all he says thou, like the Pro-gun, pro-life and that he don´t believe in the environment change. But I see him as strong person with a lot of new changes for NorthAmerican!

    • Anonymoose

      Bob Mugabe is a strong person too. Maybe we should’ve invited him to run.

  • ediotsavant

    Trump said a million things. Some of them gotta be right.

  • TBN27

    Don’t care. Still buying one.

  • haudit

    Why does Trump have such a boner for persecuting Mexico and the companies that choose to build cars there? His mantra of “MAKE IN USA OR PAY BIG BORDER TAX!” is completely unrealistic for cars that aren’t already manufactured in the United States, but I’m wondering if he’s going to abandon all sense of reason and start firing broadsides at German companies importing cars manufactured in Germany to the US, or British-based firms like Jaguar Land Rover for having the sheer temerity to manufacture their entire range in the United Kingdom for sale in the US?

    • Enter Ranting

      He can complain about companies making products in other countries when he moves the manufacturing of his Trump-branded products in this country. And those of Melania and Ivanka. Until then, he’s a shameless hypocrite.

  • ediotsavant

    Here’s what’s going to happen when Trump holds his first cabinet meeting.

    Trump: Mary Barra, why is Chevy building cars in Mexico and selling them here?

    Mary: Trump, the numbers you got was reported by the media. You do know how the media feels about you? Don’t you? They take a shot at you every chance they get. I assure you Trump, the numbers were hugely exaggerated.

    Trump: Yeah, they hate me. You are right. Those numbers are wrong. They can’t fool me.

    Mary: No Sir, you are too smart for them.

  • John Puck

    Dumbest comments of all time.

  • benT

    Trump isn’t a politician and therefore shouldn’t be regarded as a liar.
    ;>)
    Remember this, Rupert Murdoch (dirty digger?) is the owner of FoxNews and SkyNews as well most of the western world’s newspapers and news gathering / dissemination sources.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    “A small number of Mexico-made Chevrolet Cruze sedans were produced in 2016 for sale in the US. This supplemental production ended in December. Lordstown is now the sole source for the Cruze sedans,” stated GM spokesman Tom Wickham.

    How convenient that production stopped in December…1 month before Inauguration…

    And why not offer overtime or a new shift for that supplemental production… GM makes no sense.

  • thunder bolt

    uh,..wait a minute, CNN was helping Trump to validate his point ? is this fake news?

  • Mr E Fella

    Oh get over it, Australians are already losing jobs from total plant shutdowns because of the USA. America acting like a bunch of 2 year olds thinking the world revolves around them.

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