General Motors Lied About All US-Sold Chevrolet Cruze Sedans Becoming Produced in America

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Monroney, Made in Mexico, Image: © Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Cars

Update: Added dealer info, sales background.

Contrary to a statement released two days ago by General Motors, it appears not all Cruze sedans sold in the United States are created in the United States.

According to TTAC alum Ed Niedermeyer, a number of 2017 Chevrolet Cruzes — even these for sale at a dealer in Lordstown, Ohio, where GM manufactures the Cruze in the United States — are Hecho en Mexico.

On Tuesday, in response to a tweet from President-elect Donald Trump criticizing Basic Motors importing Cruzes from Mexico, GM stated:

Common Motors manufactures the Chevrolet Cruze sedan in Lordstown, Ohio. All Chevrolet Cruze sedans sold in the U.S. are constructed in GM’s assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. GM builds the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback for international markets in Mexico, with a tiny quantity sold in the U.S.

However, right after hunting at VIN numbers for a number of Cruze sedans listed on the internet at dealers throughout the United States, Niedermeyer saw a lot of VINs beginning with the quantity “3.”

All Mexican-created cars have VIN numbers that commence with 3A through 37.

We sent out our personal Bozi Tatarevic to pay a visit to his regional Chevrolet retailer, which lists at least two units with VINs beginning with 3G, to confirm if the VINs listed on-line were appropriate.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Monroney, Made in Mexico, Image: © Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Cars

This 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LS Automatic is situated at Flow GM Auto Center in Winston-Salem, NC, and its VIN and Monroney sticker clearly indicate it was assembled in Mexico.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Monroney, Made in Mexico, Image: © Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Cars

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Monroney, Made in Mexico, Image: © Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Cars

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Monroney, Made in Mexico, Image: © Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Cars

Bark M. was also able to locate 41 Mexican-constructed Chevrolet Cruzes at a single Autonation retailer in Miami.

Made in Mexico Chevrolet Cruze at Autonation in Miami, Image: © 2017 Bark M./The Truth About Cars

Made in Mexico Chevrolet Cruze at Autonation in Miami, Image: © 2017 Bark M./The Truth About Cars

Made in Mexico Chevrolet Cruze at Autonation in Miami, Image: © 2017 Bark M./The Truth About Cars

Made in Mexico Chevrolet Cruze at Autonation in Miami, Image: © 2017 Bark M./The Truth About Cars

Common Motors clarifies statement

According to Nick Bunkley, reporter for Automotive News, on Twitter, Common Motors said it imported Cruzes from Mexico for about three months in 2016 throughout its launch.

Even though, as Nick states, he understood the statement to imply GM imported no Cruze sedans from Mexico, as we did right here at TTAC.

Not driven by demand

Mexican-built Chevrolet Cruze imports aren’t even a matter of higher domestic demand for the second-generation sedan. GM has roughly 80,000 Cruzes in inventory going into December, representing about 4-months supply for the compact. The Cruze accounted for only six % of GM’s U.S. volume in 2016.

“Prior to the false statements General Motors created in response to Trump’s Cruze/Mexico tweets, 2016 was a particularly poor year for GM’s compact car,” stated TTAC’s sales guru Timothy Cain.

“While U.S. sales of passenger automobiles slid 9 %, Cruze volume plunged 17 %, a loss of practically 38,000 sales for GM’s fifth-highest-volume product. Provided the freshness of the Cruze’s total redesign, this sharp downturn wasn’t merely explained by the sector’s decline. GM did, however, de-emphasize sales to everyday rental companies through significantly of 2016, a factor that contributed to the lower.”

Basic Motors did not respond when contacted.

[Photos: © 2017 Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Automobiles]

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