Report: Chrysler to build Fiat 500 in Mexico

Chrysler Group LLC is planning to build the Fiat 500 small car at a plant in Mexico, according to a report published Monday. Read more
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Topper

New Albany, OH

#1 Aug 17, 2009
our bail-out tax money put to good use ?????

the only american made cars are honda and toyota
Ronny

Columbus, OH

#2 Aug 17, 2009
This should anger every American.
jaxbuck

United States

#3 Aug 17, 2009
Maybe this is an effort to get the illegal aliens to return home. Otherwise this is just another obvious payoff to hispanic community by the current administration....Give Chrysler our hard earned tax dollars and then send jobs offshore
Sue

Columbus, OH

#4 Aug 17, 2009
And we bailed them out so they could go outside our country to build automobiles, while many of our plants and workers stand idle?
Phil

San Diego, CA

#5 Aug 17, 2009
Chrysler has been assembling cars in Mexico for a very long time. Those big Dodge trucks, icons of the US? Made in Mexico, have been for years. The big Dodge Magnum, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger? All built on a modified Mercedes-Benz E-Class chassis. The current automatic tranny is a US built version of the famous Mercedes-Benz gearbox. The Chrysler Crossfire was built on an SL chassis. The Dodge Sprinter van is really a Mercedes Sprinter built in Germany. The original Dodge Omni, back in the mid '70's, was powered by an engine sourced from VW, basically a VW Rabbit engine. Chrysler hasn't designed much on their own for a long time and what they did aside from the minivans have all been turds. Lets see what Fiat brings to the table.
That Pontiac G-8? An Australian Holden Commodore with Pontiac badges built in Oz. The previous Pontiac GTO was the two door version of the previous Commodore, called a Monaro in Australia and likewise built in Oz. The Camaro is all Holden underneath too, sharing it's platform with the G-8/Commodore. The old Cadillac Catera was an Opel Omega built in Germany. Caddy has another model, the BLS, built on a Saab chassis that has never been sold in the US, only Europe where it is built. Saabs are in turn built on modified Opel chassis, GM having decided to share platforms to cut costs, keeping only the weird transmission mounted ignition key from Saab tradition. Chevy's old "Iron Duke" four, power for the old Cavalier, was originally a Brazilian made engine sourced from farm equipment. It's heritage showed when you drove one.
Ford has long built products on platforms and engines shared with Mazda, whom they control. The previous generation Escort was all Mazda Protege underneath. The Ford Probe was really a Mazda 626. Chances are your Mustang is one of the ones assembled in Hermosillo. So much for American icons.
the King

Saint Louis, MO

#6 Aug 17, 2009
United Auto Workers union who had hoped that the minicar would be made at a U.S. factory because of UAW cost-saving concessions and the fact that Chrysler has received $15.5 billion in U.S. government aid.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/A...
Fajita Ford

United States

#7 Aug 17, 2009
These are special Fiats. They'll be able to seat 50 and cross rivers at night.
Thats it

Winamac, IN

#8 Aug 17, 2009
That will be interesting to see all those Mexican Fiats of the future with a “New Chrysler” nameplate (courtesy of the American taxpayer) I won't buy one though. As far as I’m concerned they can rust to the ground on the dealers’ lots. I’ve owned Fords, Chevy's and Dodges, but Ford has a loyal customer now!
Go ahead Chrysler....thumb your nose at America....lots of us out here will remember this for a long time. What a shame....
rod JNAP

Oak Park, MI

#9 Aug 17, 2009
If you're at SHAP, please take the buyout, it's over. The writing is on the wall. Its not like 50 years ago. What r u going to do when fiat sells?

It's a business.Only be dedicated to family and friends. Chrysler owes us nothing. Lets help each other move on.
Sick and Disgusted

AOL

#10 Aug 17, 2009
Im sorry rod but who r u to tell anyone what to do? Perhaps u should take the buyout since its obvious u r not a union brother.
BAP SUPPLIER

Marengo, IA

#11 Aug 17, 2009
Fajita Ford wrote:
These are special Fiats. They'll be able to seat 50 and cross rivers at night.
That's pretty funny!
3rd Generation UAW

Kent, OH

#12 Aug 17, 2009
During Fiat’s due-diligence in making the overture to takeover Chrysler, there was a definite bias on the part of the Italians, say sources familiar with the process, to phase out Chrysler and concentrate the U.S. operation on Dodge, Jeep and eventually Fiat. Now, say sources, the continuation of Chrysler as a brand is still an open question.
http://www.businessweek.com/autos/autobeat/ar ...
3rd Generation UAW

Kent, OH

#13 Aug 17, 2009
I was told to follow the Pentastar........ How with info like this?
Oscar

Las Vegas, NV

#14 Aug 17, 2009
MADE IN MEXICO? Every product made in Mexico is poorly made. Look at Zenith Electronics. The absolute worst, most unreliable. Assembled in Mexico. There is NO Quality Control from Spinach to Automobiles. These people don't DESIGN products. They don't have the capacity, so American and Foreign companies hire them to assemble premade parts, to lower manufacturing costs, and increase profit. But these folks are terrible at even doing assembly. Don't care about Cultural Differences. Don't care about Creating jobs for the less fortunate. I'm talking QUALITY, RELIABILITY, and RESALE VALUE. Detroit can't build a decent Car or Truck either. It's the caliber of their employees, and the cheap build quality of the product, and lack of ANY resale value. Don't waste your hard earned money on products that are more poorly assembled than China Products. Help send the message that we are tired of crap vehicles and long excuses. It's a shame Honda and Toyota are the few resources for a Reliable vehicle that after 5 years will STILL have a good resale value. THOSE companies have Standards. In America, those plants/companies(that hire American workers) are still selling products. What does that tell you?
George W Bush

Harbor City, CA

#15 Aug 17, 2009
and this is why these idiots bailed that company out with our money?..didn't know the UAW was in Mexico..Obama is a 100% failure
babycakes

United States

#16 Aug 17, 2009
"Ford has a loyal customer now" Thats It

Ford 650 & 750 trucks are made in Escobedo, Mexico.
Joe Dirt

O Fallon, MO

#17 Aug 18, 2009
Oscar wrote:
MADE IN MEXICO? Every product made in Mexico is poorly made. Look at Zenith Electronics. The absolute worst, most unreliable. Assembled in Mexico. There is NO Quality Control from Spinach to Automobiles. These people don't DESIGN products. They don't have the capacity, so American and Foreign companies hire them to assemble premade parts, to lower manufacturing costs, and increase profit. But these folks are terrible at even doing assembly. Don't care about Cultural Differences. Don't care about Creating jobs for the less fortunate. I'm talking QUALITY, RELIABILITY, and RESALE VALUE. Detroit can't build a decent Car or Truck either. It's the caliber of their employees, and the cheap build quality of the product, and lack of ANY resale value. Don't waste your hard earned money on products that are more poorly assembled than China Products. Help send the message that we are tired of crap vehicles and long excuses. It's a shame Honda and Toyota are the few resources for a Reliable vehicle that after 5 years will STILL have a good resale value. THOSE companies have Standards. In America, those plants/companies(that hire American workers) are still selling products. What does that tell you?
Oh, sure there cars are more reliable. Just look at Toyota's engine (sludge) problems. They deny it exists, thus low warranty claims. Great concept, keep warranty claims low, claim greatness in reliability surveys, screw the customer. The Toyota, Nissan, Honda dealers by my house have just as many cars out-back waiting for service as the Chevy and Ford dealer. Take the blinders off.
Liberty

Columbus, OH

#19 Aug 18, 2009
A car designed by Fiat, Fix It Again Tony, and built with Chrysler quality by Mexican union labor will certainly be a hit. Great use of our bailout money.
Shapman

Dearborn, MI

#20 Aug 18, 2009
Oscar you dont have a clue, assemby quality and enginnering quality are two different things the UAW people assemble the best cars made period.

Since: Oct 08

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#21 Aug 18, 2009
Sounds like it's going to be better than a sh!t Union product.

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