Mitt Romney Chrysler’s Jeep production moving to China claim not true, Chrysler says

By on Oct 27, 2012 in International, Politics, United States Comments

Updated: October 31, 2012 4;05 p.m.

Read Jeep not moving to China, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirms, contrary to Mitt Romney’s claim

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday, October 25, 2012 said in his political campaign rally in northern Ohio that he learned a report saying that Chrysler is considering transferring its production of Jeep from US to China. But Chrysler later issued a statement, contrary to what Romney has claimed.

Mitt Romney Ohio campaign

Mitt Romney, shaking hands with supporters
during his campaign in Ohio (October 25, 2012)

Image Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

As noted at BarackObama.com, President Barack Obama‘s official political website, on Friday, October 26, Mitt Romney shamelessly tried to scare voters into thinking that Jeep is moving its production to China and will take jobs away from the US, and emphasized that Romney‘s claim is absolutely not true.

“I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China. I will fight for every good job in America, I’m going to fight to make sure trade is fair, and if it’s fair, America will win.” Mitt Romney was quoted in his speech in Ohio.

According to the report, the 65-year old former Massachusetts governor was believed to have referred a story at Bloomberg News on Monday, October 22, 2012, titled “Fiat Says Jeep Output May Return to China as Demand Rises,” quoting a statement made by Mike Manley, the President and CEO of the Jeep brand.

Chrysler currently builds all Jeep SUV models at plants in Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio. Manley referred to adding Jeep production sites rather than shifting output from North America to China.” A statement reads at Bloomberg.com, adding that the automaker is targeting 500,000 annual sales outside North America by 2014.

With this, Chrysler issued a statement saying that Bloomberg made a clear and an accurate report about the stand of Jeep, and that it is the “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.”

“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.” Gualberto Ranieri wrote at Blog.Chryslerllc.com on Thursday, October 25.

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.” Ranieri added, noting that moving Jeep production from US to China would be “a leap that would be difficult even for professional circus acrobats.”

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