GM spokesman calls Made in USA Foundation charges 'really bizarre'

General Motors spokesman Greg Martin responds to Made in USA Foundation charges that the automaker left window stickers off of show models to deceive consumers.

The new Chevy Sonic, which goes into production later this year, will be assembled at GM's Orion Assembly Center in Michigan. Josh Miller/CNET

The debate over whether General Motors is violating the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA), by not including window stickers that identify where the cars are made, continues.

We reported on Friday that the Made in the USA Foundation claims GM is willfully misleading consumers by leaving out labeling that identifies where the cars were made.

Joel D. Joseph, chairman of the Made in the USA Foundation, said in a release on Friday, "General Motors wants to hide the fact that, even after the government bailout, it has moved production of vehicles offshore. The Cadillac SRX is now made in Mexico. The Buick Regal is made in Germany."

We spoke with GM spokesman Greg Martin, who responded by calling the allegations "really bizarre."

"GM has made $3 billion in U.S. investments since coming back from bankruptcy," Martin said. He also noted that the automaker has put 10,000 back people to work.

Martin also pointed out the country's four major auto shows, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York include vehicles direct from the manufacturers, not from dealer inventory, as smaller regional auto shows do.

"The manufacturers don't sell directly to consumers," Martin explained, adding that only dealer inventory is available for sale to the public, and those vehicles are required to include certain labeling.

"GM has the biggest manufacturing footprint in the United States," Martin said. "We are very proud of the investments we've made," he said.

About the author

Suzanne Ashe has been covering technology, gadgets, video games, and cars for several years. In addition to writing features and reviews for magazines and Web sites, she has contributed to daily newspapers.

 

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