On the heels of Chrysler rebuking Gov. Mitt Romney's political ads stating Jeep production is being shipped off to China, General Motors is now taking offense.
During a rally at Defiance High School last week, Gov. Mitt Romney spoke of reading a report in Bloomberg News about production moving to China, sparking concern over the future of U.S. Jeep plants like the one in Toledo.
Political ads in the Buckeye state carry this message: "Under President Obama, GM cut 15,000 American jobs, but they are planning to double the number of cars built in China, which means 15,000 more jobs for China. And now comes word that Chrysler plans to start making Jeeps in, you guessed it, China."
Earlier in the week, Chrysler rebuked the Republican presidential candidate's statement in an email to the Detroit Free Press. CEO Sergio Marchionne said he felt "obliged to unambiguously restate our position: Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China."
A day later, GM told the newspaper that the Romney ad was "crass and misleading." GM spokesman Greg Martin told the Detroit Free Press, "We've clearly entered some parallel universe during the last few days." He added comment about the automaker's record of creating jobs and bringing profits back to the United States.
General Motors employs thousands of workers at Powertrain plants in Toledo and Defiance. Production of a new 8-speed transmission is set to commence at the Alexis Rd. plant in 2013.