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GM Plan to Import Chinese Cars Irks Senator

By May 19, 2009

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Reports that General Motors, after being saved from bankruptcy by $15.4 billion in taxpayer-funded U.S. government loans, plans to sell cars imported from China in the U.S. by 2011 did not sit well with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

"What’s good for GM is no longer good for America,” said Sen. Brown in a press release. “This idea is a slap in the face to American auto workers and American taxpayers. If officials at General Motors think that U.S. taxpayers will finance cars made in China while American plants are closing, they’re either tone deaf or short-sighted.”

According to a USA Today report, GM officials have told members of Congress that the company planned to import 17,335 Chinese-made vehicles starting in 2011, growing to 51,546 vehicles in 2014.

Pointing out the now undeniable fact that the future of the U.S. auto industry depended on small, fuel-efficient vehicles, Sen. Brown said, “There is no excuse for GM to use taxpayer funds for Chinese imports -- not when there are American workers ready to build these cars and idled U.S. auto plants prepared to produce them.”

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May 19, 2009 at 9:57 am
(1) Rise says:

Wake up America! This is happening in every industry, in every state, all over the US. Our tax dollars are being spent on imports form other countries!

And we as consumers are supporting this policy by buying imports instead of shopping for American made goods!

Try to find American made toys for your children! It is next to impossible!

Try buying an American made appliance for your home!

Buy American! Support US industry!

May 21, 2009 at 2:02 am
(2) autostry says:

It is a common knowledge that a whole lot of products are being manufactured and imported here in our country. But I can’t believe that even GM would follow suit!

May 22, 2009 at 4:48 pm
(3) ken says:

Outraged indeed, but is it therefore bad that we sell bucks to the Chinese?

May 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm
(4) ken says:

*But is it OK to sell BUICKS to the Chinese?

June 17, 2009 at 11:57 am
(5) Troy says:

It all comes down to costs. American consumers expect high wages, but continue to buy foreign goods because they are cheaper, as the labor and general costs of manufacturing are MUCH lower elsewhere. You cannot have it both ways, High wages and cheap products, there has to be a reckoning, and it seems to have arrived at the US auto manufacturers.

October 27, 2009 at 4:20 pm
(6) Repossessed Cars says:

It seems a shame that the massive R&D budget for technology in general in this country doesn’t seem to equate to export sales.

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