It has been more than a decade since the GM discontinued the last-generation Chevrolet Blazer back in 2005. At that time, the SUV was being produced in manufacturing plants in Ohio, New Jersey, and Michigan – all of which have since closed down. The second coming of the Chevrolet Blazer also comes with a bit of a shock: not only will the SUV now be a unibody crossover (rather than a body-on-frame SUV), but it will also be built in Mexico. Controversy over the 2019 Blazer production in Mexico has already begun, long before the first model has even hit dealer lots.
When the decision was announced, a GM spokesperson explained that the 2019 Blazer production in Mexico was a result of the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee – which builds two other crossovers on the GM C1 platform – the Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia – already running at full capacity across three shifts.
Shortly after GM’s announcement of 2019 Blazer production plants in Mexico, UAW vice president Terry Dittes vocalized the union’s sentiment on the matter:
“This news that the iconic Blazer nameplate will be built in Mexico is disappointing to UAW families and communities across this country,” said Dittes. “This is happening while UAW-GM workers here in the U.S are laid off and unemployed. We in the UAW have always supported products manufactured and produced in the U.S. and will continue to do so as a part of the fabric of our union.”
General Motors is not alone in building vehicles in Mexico, as several other major automakers have manufacturing plants in the country that build cars and trucks for the United States. All of this comes as the Trump administration recently completed renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with both Mexico and Canada, now called the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA).
The Chevrolet Blazer was last sold in the United States 14 years ago. The resurrected nameplate will debut in U.S. dealerships in early 2019 as a midsize crossover SUV, with the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, and Honda Passport being its primary competitors.
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