Skip to comments.Jeep, an Obama favorite, looks to shift production to China
Posted on 10/25/2012 6:51:50 PM PDT by DaveTesla
In another potential blow for the president's Ohio reelection campaign, Jeep, the rugged brand President Obama once said symbolized American freedom, is considering giving up on the United States and shifting production to China.
Such a move would crash the economy in towns like Toledo, Ohio, where Jeeps are made and supplied, and rob the community of the economic security they thought Obama's auto bailout assured them.
Fiat SpA (F), majority owner of Chrysler Group LLC, plans to return Jeep output to China and may eventually make all of its models in that country, according to the head of both automakers operations in the region.
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This will be a disaster for Toledo Ohio and a windfall for communist government state owned Guangzhou.
Jeep has now been crossed off my list of vehicles I would like to own. I thought Chrysler owned the Jeep name.
I guess I will be spending lots of money in the future in the Aftermarket, and not at a dealership. I love my JKU Rubicon, and would be perfectly happy to drive it for the next 25-30 years.
Wait, where did you see that the Detroit Free Press endorsed Romney? The Detroit News did this morning but I woudl be shocked if the Free Press, one of the most liberal papers in the Midwest, would endorse Romeny. I would love for you to be right but I would like to know the source.
An American Original and Classic.
Shipped off to our enemies......SIGH
There is just something wrong with the descendent of the vehicle that helped win WWII being manufactured in a Communist country.
There is a Jeep plant in Ohio. Wake up Ohio.
GM building 70% of their cars in China, now Jeep going to Chine.
Two Companies that were bailed out by Obama bailing out on the United States.
That’s your Obama plan in action./
Fiat has a 61.8% stake after acquisition of the equity interests held by the U.S. Treasury.
You could eliminate all unions, regs and taxation on manufacturing and the lure of slave labor would not be overcome. The funny thing is with autos labor is only about 10% of the cost of manufacturing. When you factor in building the new factory and increased shipping costs the amount saved is pennies on the dollar. Bastards. I say tariff the hell out of the incoming jeeps.
The Oboma sponsored bankruptcy of both Chrysler and General Motors reduced debt and gave temporary relief but did little to address the core problem of unsustainable labor cost. Short of another bankruptcy, moving to China is their only way to deal with the hold the UAW has on them. That is essentially what Romney cautioned about at the time of the first bankruptcy.
Fairly low tariffs equally applied were the preferred type of taxation by the Founding Fathers. They were right.
The War of 1812 was financed without an income tax and with interruptions in tariff revenue. A generation and a half after the Revolution America had neglected its Department of War and its marksmanship. The Washington, DC sacking by the Brits was our humiliation but we soon drilled reserves into forces that were formidable. The Battle of New Orleans showed we could defend a city.
It’s not about costs.
It’s about handing technology, manufacturing, and the means to create wealth in America to a communist system.
Handing over the future to the communists so
a global communist order can be built.
In the end they will fail,
and won’t even understand why.
“What good are tariffs if WE are handing the whole industry over to the communists on a silver platter?”
Because tariffs take the silver off the platter.
Don't hold your breath...
The folks that are supposed to impose the tariffs are
behind the transfer.
Fiat has lost their mind if they think they are going to make Jeeps in China and ship them over here. They will be broke in a month after the first shipment with warranty claims. I work for a major parts supplier and the Big 3 want 100% perfect parts with 1-3 micron tolerances on a stamped part. We are barely able to make that in the US, no way our China plant is going to do that or have the capacity to handle the volume of that.
almost all of that is for Chinese and Asian market consumption, they are not shipping any of those over there. The US plants are running wide open right now.
if the UAW owns GM, why are they allowinag the move to chiner?
Best to do some more investigating.
American taxpayers should prepare themselves for another slap in the face, courtesy of the much-ballyhooed Obama auto bailouts. After spending about $85 billion to bail out Chrysler, General Motors and Ally Financial (formerly known as GMAC), taxpayers are being rewarded by Chrysler’s parent company, Fiat, announcing that it is preparing to build its Jeep brand vehicles in China. In addition, according to a Bloomberg report, Fiat may end up building all of its vehicles in China , threatening the loss of more manufacturing jobs should the decision be carried out to move Chrysler manufacturing out of America.
Italian automaker, Fiat, was gifted an ownership interest in Chrysler during the Obama-orchestrated bankruptcy process. Fiat paid nothing for the ownership stake, other than agreeing to transfer some of its technology. The Italian company later purchased an additional stake, giving it majority ownership and officially making Chrysler a foreign-owned company. It now seems that American jobs will be lost as a result as Fiat appears to be trying to maximize profits by transferring Chrysler’s manufacturing operations to China.
Save your breath. I’ve discovered long since that Cnservatives can’t read with any better understanding than Libs, if a hot-button is involved.
I’ve read that the Chinese tariff on US made Jeeps is in the range of $50,000; of course they can’t build them here & ship them to China; they have to build Chinese market Jeeps in China; and U.S. market Jeeps in the U.S.
I would also bet that Chinese built Jeeps won’t be safety-equipped anything like the way ours are, and will use low grade, “good-good Chinese steel” instead of high durability parts. If they are built anything like the “good-good Chinese” farm equipment (”some assembly required!”) I’ve read about on tractor forums, they’ll make Yugos look reliable.
Maybe it's the only way they can get out from under the unions that Zero insisted be bolstered above all else....
Who would buy a chinese Jeep? raise your hand.
Listen, I have heard this song and dance before. Production will leave the US once the plants in China get up to speed.
Yes, that may happen for some US name plate cars ( already has, for some time. I had a friend in college (not an exceptionally bright one) in college who paid a premium markup on a Geo Tracker over an identical Suzuki Sidekick because his “buy American” philosophy.
Jeep is near and dear to my heart. I have a 1996 Cherokee that don’t ever plan to get rid of. I’ll either be buried in it or pass it along to one of my kids. I’m also saving up to buy a restored WWII Jeep ( would prefer a Willys but will probably settle for a Ford).
No CEO of Jeep ( or it’s parent companies ) is going to be dumb enough to actually shut down production here in favor of moving off shore. Ever hear of “New Coke”? THAT fiasco still reverberates ( and will continue to do so long after you, me and everyone else on FR is dead and gone) as a case study in not doing stupid things with iconic American brands.
-—— I thought Chrysler owned the Jeep name.-——
Chrysler does own the Jeep name. But...... as part of the grand bargain, Fiat owns Chrysler
I would, actually. As would a lot of Cherokee/XJ owners.
Cash4Clunkers decimated, unnecessarily, the Cherokee/XJ population. The Cherokee was discontinued prematurely and in favor of an inferior replacement (the Liberty). Cherokee/XJ afficionados (Americans living in the PRC) who have experience with the ChiCom manufactured ones only have issues with the engines, which is a pretty easy fix - just yank and replace with an alternative (like the 4.0 litre straight six that was the types mainstay engine from 87 through the end of production.
I’m not sayng I’d use it as a daily or distance driver ( I don’t use the one I have for that anyway). But as a solid hackaroundand trail vehicle i’d have no problem with owning and operating one.
How can anyone in Ohio vote for this fraud? He hates this country and everything it stands for. He despises business and feigns love for the 'little guy'. If Ohio goes for this puerile BS artist again they deserve what they get....................
Same people that would buy an Ipod made by Chinese slaves.
Go out and try your best to purchase something NOT made in china.
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