It isn’t like the ad accusing Romney of killing a lady with cancer. That was blatantly false. This ad is 100% true. Obama did, in fact, take GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy. And, he insisted that Chrysler be sold to the Italian auto company Fiat. These facts are incontrovertible.
The controversy arises at the end of the ad where it states that Chrysler will build Jeeps in China. After the ad, Fiat protested and said that they are not going to do so. So, the case is closed, right? Fiat says that’s not going to happen, so the ad is false. Err, uhhmm….. no, not exactly. A simple Google search reveals some painfully obvious truths. Let’s look to Bloomberg. No, not the soft drink hating, buttered popcorn loathing little tyrant of a mayor of NY City, but the news media Bloomberg.
This ran before the ad came out.
Fiat is in “very detailed conversations” with its Chinese partner, Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. (2238), about making Jeeps in the world’s largest auto market, said Mike Manley, chief operating officer of Fiat and Chrysler in Asia. Chrysler hasn’t built Jeeps there since before Fiat took control in 2009.
“The volume opportunity for us is very significant,” Manley, who is also president of the Jeep brand, said in an interview at Chrysler’s Auburn Hills, Michigan, headquarters. “We’re reviewing the opportunities within existing capacity” as well as “should we be localizing the entire Jeep portfolio or some of the Jeep portfolio.”
Chrysler, which entered an alliance with Turin, Italy-based Fiat as part of its U.S. government-backed bankruptcy, is relying on growth in China to counter weakness in Europe’s auto market. The automaker is targeting 500,000 annual sales outside North America by 2014, more than triple its overseas deliveries in 2009.
Chrysler currently builds all Jeep SUV models at plants in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio. Manley referred to adding Jeep production sites rather than shifting output from North America to China.
The ad doesn’t state anything other than they will build Jeeps in China. In spite of Fiats protests, it seems pretty clear that they will. The COO of Fiat and Chrysler in Asia, the president of the Jeep brand says they’re in talks to do exactly that. Any self-appointed, alleged “fact checker” who states otherwise is a biased partisan in the tank for Obama.