A spokeswoman for Ford said the carmaker encourages both governments to work together to resolve issues and declined to comment further. A GM spokesman said the automaker supports a positive trade relationship between countries and urged them to pursue sustainable trade policies.
Volvo said it was closely monitoring the tariff situation but it was too early to comment on its potential impact. The Chinese-owned Swedish brand reiterated its support for free trade and highlighted the jobs created by its new plant under construction in South Carolina.
The suggested tariffs also complicate Guangzhou Automobile Group Co.’s plans to enter the U.S. auto market next year. The Chinese automaker last month met with U.S. auto dealers in Las Vegas as it plots out bringing the GS8, a seven-passenger sport utility vehicle with voice-activated windshield wipers, to American shores. An outside spokeswoman for GAC declined to comment on the proposed tariffs.