The U.S. auto industry is escalating a lobbying push to keep President Donald Trump from imposing steep new tariffs on imported cars and parts that executives warn could cripple a sector already facing a slowdown.
Automotive News reported that groups representing many arms of the industry — automakers, dealers, parts suppliers and aftermarket companies alike — are in lockstep in their opposition of new levies being considered by the White House, a rarity for an industry that often disagrees on major policies.
And despite months of aggressive lobbying to block new tariffs, industry officials worry the new levies are much more than just a bargaining chip in Trump’s trade talks with the European Union, Japan and China.
“Nobody in the auto industry supports a 25% import tariff, unlike in the steel and aluminum tariff situation where you had the steel industry advocating for relief,” said Jennifer Thomas, vice president of federal affairs at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, at a meeting with Bloomberg News reporters and editors in Washington.
Her group represents a dozen carmakers including General Motors Co., Volkswagen AG and Toyota Motor Corp.
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