President-Elect Donald Trump has been busy firing grenades into the laps of Ford and GM car company executives via Twitter recently, but the boss of GM is looking forward to working with him.
Trump’s January 3 post on Twitter read, “General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A.or pay big border tax!”, which was posted after allegations were made that General Motors was producing Cruze sedan in Mexico and shipping vehicles to the United States.
The allegations weren’t actually true, with the Cruze sedan produced at the company’s Lordstown, Ohio plant and Cruze hatch produced in Mexico for global markets.
Despite this, executive vice president and president of General Motors, Alan Batey, said General Motors is looking forward to working with President-elect Trump when he takes office later this month.
“The majority of vehicles that we sell in the US are manufactured in the US. So it’s too early to really speculate, but we’ve said on the record that we’re looking forward to working with President-elect Trump and we want a strong, competitive automotive industry in the US. It’s good for everybody,” Batey said.
“We’re looking forward to great dialogue and the way we can move together to achieve what we want to achieve.”
The General Motors share price fell slightly as a result of the comment, but recovered shortly after. It also hasn’t stopped GM announcing today that GMC Terrain production will be shifted from Canada to Mexico — we’re yet to see a tweet from President-elect…
What do you think of Trump’s interference with automotive manufacturing operations? Is it beneficial for the industry, or could it see manufacturers losing models and production based on local production cost restraints?