General Motors removed its Chevrolet Blazer from its display Saturday at Comerica Park following online controversy, officials said.
The Chevrolet Blazer and the Chevrolet Silverado were installed at the Tigers' ballpark fountain briefly this week until controversy arose that the car wasn't American-made, GM officials said.
GM spokesman Jim Cain said WXYZ (Channel 7) published an online poll asking if viewers stood with the Chevy Blazer being placed on display despite being built in Mexico.
Cain defended the Detroit automaker's choice saying “American workers contribute more to the Chevy Blazer than anyone else," but said it was an easy decision to remove the vehicle.
“We want people to enjoy baseball without distractions, so we have replaced the Chevrolet Blazer with a Chevrolet Traverse at the Comerica Park fountain," Cain said.
He said the negative attention took away from the company's mission.
"American workers contribute significantly to the success of the Chevrolet Blazer," he said. "The Blazer will pump more than half a billion dollars into the U.S. manufacturing economy each year, helping support thousands of good-paying U.S. jobs."
The 2019 Blazer, a two-row crossover, is being made at GM's plant in Ramos, Mexico.