GM Removes Mexican-Made Blazer From Detroit Public Display After Backlash

Chevrolet has removed the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer it had on display at Comerica Park in Detroit and replaced it with a white Chevrolet Traverse.

United Automobile Workers (UAW) members expressed their displeasure at seeing the new Blazer displayed in Detroit because it is built in Mexico, Detroit Free Press reports. On Saturday, General Motors was seen swapping out the Blazer for a Traverse, an SUV which is built at GM’s Lansing Delta Township plant and shouldn’t upset local UAW members.

“It’s very distasteful for people,” a UAW worker said. “We’ve done outings to Tigers games. I don’t know if that’ll change or not based on the product sitting on the marque. We have a lot of pride.”

General Motors placed the 2018 Blazer in its fountain-area display at Comerica Park on March 26 alongside a silver 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. These vehicles replaced the Colorado ZR2 and last year’s Traverse that were previously on display.

The automaker initially defended its decision to display the Blazer and didn’t seem concerned with the fuss it could cause.

“American workers contribute more to the Chevy Blazer than anyone else,” GM spokesman Jim Cain said. “It pumps more than $500 billion into the U.S. manufacturing economy and supports thousands of good-paying U.S. jobs.”

However, over the weekend the automaker had a change of heart, obviously due to the flak it got for its Mexican-made SUV, although the official line is that it didn’t want baseball visitors distracted (?) by the red Blazer.

“We want people to enjoy baseball without distractions, so we are going to replace the Chevrolet Blazer with a Chevrolet Traverse at the Comerica Fountain”, Cain commented.

 

  • Zandit75

    FFS, next they’ll be complaining about MAGA hats being made in China……Oh wait.

    • Liam Paul

      no that makes perfect sense lol

  • McFly

    This chauvinism is so strange (unless it’s just an April Fool’s thing).
    US brand cars assembled in a neighboring North American country with centuries of cultural interaction is a huge problem while US brand smartphones, shoes, apparel and computers 100 % manufactured in a dictatorship on the other side of the planet is juuust fine?

  • Liam Paul

    I hope the buying public shows it no love at dealerships

  • Shtekeris

    Lol, that would be like Geneva for cars made in Switzerland… yeah right.

  • performante

    Bunch of cry babies. The UAW is a corrupt dumpster fire anyway.

  • WalthamDan

    of course those same UAW ‘workers’, had no probably walking around with their Chinese-made smart phones, Chinese-made clothing and drinking Mexican-made tequila.

    • flyfish

      In all fairness to Tequila, it’s not Tequila unless it’s made in Mexico…

  • ME

    If the UAW wasn’t so expensive to deal with there wouldn’t be a need for cheap labor, but I think it should still be made in the US as it is an “American” name plate.

    • Emoto

      You make a fair point. The UAW has been forcing high wages for low-skilled jobs for as long as I can remember. Not sure how the US car makers can find their way out of the union nightmare, but I wish they would. Companies can pay workers a fair wage without unions extorting them.

  • Marc Gruben

    I can understand the UAW’s displeasure when a “Made ONLY in Mexico” vehicle is displayed in Detroit, when Lordstown is being shuttered and Hamtramck isn’t far behind. As for the cellphone comparison many have made, that’s an invalid example. There are zero American-made phones so we don’t have a choice.

    • Afi Keita James

      very sad, we need to buy American stuff now.

  • Merc1

    OMG, it’s union’s fault that GM is building it elsewhere, so they should have to look at one in every color.

    M

  • Mr. EP9

    “It pumps more than $500 billion into the U.S. manufacturing economy and supports thousands of good-paying U.S. jobs.”

    That has to be a joke. There is no way that figure can be real.

    • Ben

      I’m not an ECON grad or know anything significant about the science, but I think they calculate the income generated ($500 billion) by secondary or tertiary spending? Example being, you make a job, I work at the job and get a check. You are the primary source of income and I am the secondary when I spend the money you provided me, I also stimulate the economy because I now buy things from other companies which fuels the economy. The tertiary effect would be the money I spent being used and taxed in the same way it was for me. The government is taxing that money x2, x3, x4,…each time it changes hands so maybe that’s why the $500b seems so unlikely.

      Oh dear…I think I just talked in a circle.

      • Emoto

        Regardless of the economic activity generated, and I think we can agree that the new Blazer does not generate the quoted number, it was foolish to put a foreign made vehicle on a GM display in Detroit.

    • Galaxium

      I suspect it has to do with the GDP multiplier effect. When you put $1 into the manufacturing sector, on average, it returns around $1.30 in all sorts of different sector.

  • no25

    there’s always that one rightwinger defending their precious trumpy and the ignorant maga folks.

    • 2Kcowboy

      There’s more than one of us.

      • no25

        surprise y’all like to admit to your hypocrisy and ignorance. no wonder the RightWingers are laughed at.

        • lagann

          Wow, you are salty af

    • Seats & a steering wheel

      So merely stating a fact (one readily accessible via basic search) where a product is made is now ignorance?. Now I know why they call it Trump derangement syndrome. Talk about intolerance and ignorance…

  • DM

    Funny how some people love to shout “CAPITALISM!” and claim to “hate socialism and populism” but demand jobs to be given to them.

    • Ben

      I agree with your point, but lets be honest, Capitalism doesn’t work unless someone is working a 9-5. We call can’t be business owners chasing “The American Dream”. Someone need to fill those jobs and they deserve to be treated right and respected.

    • Enter Ranting

      And if the “Capitalists” didn’t try to screw workers over, there wouldn’t be a need for unions. Happy Cesar Chavez Day!

  • Paul

    What in the world was Chevy/GM thinking in doing this in the first place?

    • TheBelltower

      There are many GM/Ford/Chrysler vehicles that are displayed in Detroit and built in Mexico and Canada.

  • Paul

    MAWA?

  • Six_Tymes

    Mary Barra is just another over paid idiot.

  • Enter Ranting

    Is there a bigger whiner than the current occupant of the Oval Office?

  • Paul

    I assume you’ll get over it too.

    • Ben

      ….what? lol

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    Looks like the ‘snowflake’ syndrome is spreading…

    • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

      say that if u got laid off for some cheap labour costs…

  • Alduin

    No it doesn’t idiot.

  • TheBelltower

    The corrupt UAW is the very reason that vehicles are made in Mexico. This is just another step towards irrelevancy for the UAW, and for Detroit.

  • ME

    I do support American manufacturing but many of the parts are made elsewhere. Even the Nissan Juke I had years back had the rear wiper motor made in China, while the window sticker said it was assembled in Japan.

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