BMW AG and Hyundai Motor Co. are the latest automakers to urge the U.S. not to impose tariffs on auto imports, joining General Motors in pressing their case to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, even as a top aide to President Donald Trump dismissed the concerns as "smoke and mirrors."
"It seems that the threat to impose these sanctions is designed to achieve certain goals," BMW wrote to Ross, according to German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
The luxury automaker said its investment of almost $9 billion at its Spartanburg, S.C., plant supports more than 120,000 U.S. jobs.
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro earlier addressed Friday's stern warning by GM to the Trump administration on Friday, that it could shrink U.S. operations and cut jobs if tariffs are broadly applied to imported vehicles and auto parts.
"Increased import tariffs could lead to a smaller GM, a reduced presence at home and risk less -- not more -- U.S. jobs," the nation's largest automaker said in comments submitted Friday to the Commerce Department, which Ross leads.