General Motors CEO Mary Barra is confident a new North American Free Trade Agreement will be implemented and said there are currently no plans to move Chevrolet Silverado production wholly out of Mexico, Reuters reported last Saturday.
GM builds the Silverado half-ton crew cab in Mexico, which has quickly become one of the most popular truck configurations. GM will reportedly work to address crew-cab demand with the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. Barra did not directly answer questions over the Silverado’s future production or if the automaker will move production wholly to the United States.
Barra and GM North America President Alan Batey said NAFTA supports U.S. jobs and manufacturing.
“The truck we build in Mexico, the engines come from the U.S. Everything is interlinked,” Batey said.
GM also said 80 percent of the full-size trucks sold in the U.S. are built in America. Mark Reuss, GM product chief, also did not clarify the automaker’s future truck production strategy and said, “I’m not sure that we would tell anybody that. I don’t think we’d be talking about our footprint in the future.”
The questions come as NAFTA negotiations stall and Ram announced it will move production from Mexico to Michigan for its next-generation heavy-duty trucks.