Mitt Romney, at a recent campaign rally in Ohio, told another BALD-FACED LIE, about the auto industry, and specifically, the Chrysler Jeep Division which is headquartered in Toledo Ohio. The Chrysler Corporation was forced to respond and call Governor Romney’s statement for what it is: FALSE.
Jeep is not “shipping all American production to China”; in fact, the company, which was saved by President Obama’s 2009 auto rescue, is doing so well now that it is ADDING JOBS in Ohio and in Detroit AND considering opening plants in China due to increased demand. If Mitt Romney had had his way in 2008-2009, there would be no Chrysler Jeep as we know it today.
The official statement from Jeep is below:
Jeep in China
by Gualberto Ranieri
25 October 2012 16:24
There are times when the reading of a newswire report generates storms originated by a biased or predisposed approach.
On Oct. 22, 2012, at 11:10 a.m. ET, the Bloomberg News report “Fiat Says Jeep® Output May Return to China as Demand Rises” stated “Chrysler currently builds all Jeep SUV models at plants in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio. Manley (President and CEO of the Jeep brand) referred to adding Jeep production sites rather than shifting output from North America to China.”
Despite clear and accurate reporting, the take has given birth to a number of stories making readers believe that Chrysler plans to shift all Jeep production to China from North America, and therefore idle assembly lines and U.S. workforce. It is a leap that would be difficult even for professional circus acrobats.
Let’s set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China. It’s simply reviewing the opportunities to return Jeep output to China for the world’s largest auto market. U.S. Jeep assembly lines will continue to stay in operation. A careful and unbiased reading of the Bloomberg take would have saved unnecessary fantasies and extravagant comments.
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