The Chevrolet Blazer has been pulled from its display at Comerica Park for being made in Mexico.
It’s a tough time to be the Chevy Blazer. While the new SUV/crossover went on sale earlier this year, it came during a difficult political era for General Motors. The company announced the closure of no less than four plants late last year, and the remaining plants will see their union contracts renewed as the UAW fights to keep as many jobs as possible.
So having the Blazer take center stage at a ballpark in Detroit was a bit of a sore spot. The Chevrolet Blazer isn’t made in the United States--it’s made in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. And a lot of Detroit Tigers fans also happen to be GM auto workers who still remember when it was announced that the Blazer would be made in Mexico.
"It’s very distasteful for people," one GM worker told the Detroit Free Press. "We’ve done outings to Tigers games. I don’t know if that’ll change or not based on the product sitting on the marque. We have a lot of pride."
Perhaps seeing the writing on the wall, GM quietly removed the Chevy Blazer from its centerfield display last weekend, replacing it with the Chevy Traverse which is made at GM’s Lansing Delta Township plant. It shares the display with a new red Silverado pickup which replaced the previous silver one.
GM initially tried to defend the Blazer, saying that it brought it millions of dollars the US and Canadian companies despite being assembled in Mexico. Both the Blazer’s engines, including the 2.5- L inline 4-cylinder and the 3.6-L V6, are built in US plants.
But GM later backpedaled and decided it was best not to poke the bear, as it were.
"We want people to enjoy baseball without distractions, so we are going to replace the Chevrolet Blazer with a Chevrolet Traverse at the Comerica Fountain," said a GM spokesperson. "American workers contribute significantly to the success of the Chevrolet Blazer. The Blazer generates more than half a billion dollars into the U.S. manufacturing economy each year, helping support thousands of good-paying U.S. jobs."