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General Motors executives defend NAFTA, Mexican truck plant

Auto News - Published on Tue, 16 Jan 2018

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Reuters reported that General Motors Co Chief Executive Ms Mary Barra expressed optimism that the North American Free Trade Agreement would survive, and other senior GM executives stood by the company's plans to continue building trucks in Mexico. At an event to tout GM's 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck ahead of the Detroit auto show, Barra twice did not answer directly when asked if the automaker is reconsidering current production in Mexico in light of potential changes or the collapse of the trade deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Company executives did not rule out future changes to its North American production plans depending on the outcome of ongoing NAFTA renegotiation talks, even though it would be costly to shift production of trucks.

Rival Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said that it will move production of its next-generation heavy-duty pickup trucks to Michigan from a plant in Mexico, a move that reduces the risk that those trucks would be hit with a 25 percent tariff if NAFTA unravels.

Barra sidestepped a question about GM's Mexican truck factory, saying, "When I look at our footprint, there is so much more work and negotiations to be done on NAFTA."

Mr Mark Reuss, GM's product development chief, said the company is using its existing truck plants in North America, but would not elaborate when asked if GM could stop building trucks in Mexico.

Mr Reuss said that "I'm not sure that we would tell anybody that. I don't think we'd be talking about our footprint in the future."

In a separate exchange with reporters, Mr Reuss said GM intended to use its North American factories, including those in Mexico.

Ms Barra, who met in November with Vice President Mike Pence along with other U.S. auto executives, said GM has been working to educate the Trump administration about the complexities of the auto industry and its supply base.

She said that "We're going to continue to work constructively to get a modernized NAFTA agreement."

Ms Barra said she was optimistic that NAFTA would survive. President Donald Trump has threatened to walk away from the 1994 accord unless major changes are made in negotiations with Mexico and Canada.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 16 Jan 2018
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