Made in China.
Check the label on virtually any item in your home (especially in a kid’s room!), and you’ll see those words.
The garage is the one part of the house that has mostly escaped a buildup of items with Chinese origins.
Now our friends at GM hope to change that by importing cars made in China and selling them in the United States. That should put into perspective just how dire the straits are for the company that has always been the epitome of American manufacturing pride.
Ultimately though, value, volume, and profit take precedence over the tradition of building in America. On the surface this could look like shockingly bad news, but it’s really not that big of a deal. Here’s why:
- GM expects to bring in only about 51,000 vehicles by 2014, which is just a fraction of the total they manufacture in the States.
- Cutting costs by outsourcing is just the way the world works. Manufacturing in China is cheaper, and GM needs to save money.
Heck, I’d rather see GM import all its vehicles if that will keep the company in business. Of course the UAW would have something to say about that. In fact, they’ve already written a letter (gasp!), part of which said,
GM should not be taking taxpayers’ money simply to finance the outsourcing of jobs to other countries.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Wake up and realize that our economy is a global one now and companies will manufacture wherever they can find the best values. Get over it.
Just compare the Chinese version of the Buick Lacrosse to the American one and tell me GM isn’t making the right call here.
Would you buy a vehicle from GM if you knew it was made in China?