Trump Hits China With Auto Tariffs, Buick Envision Could Cost $8K More

President Trump’s war on free trade continues as the United States will implement a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of goods from China that contain “industrially significant technologies.”

The announcement was made by the White House earlier today as Trump said trade between the two nations has been “very unfair, for a very long time.” The President went on to note China has been “engaging in several unfair practices related to the acquisition of American intellectual property and technology” and this harms the United States’ economic and national security while also deepening the trade imbalance between the two countries.

President Trump also threatened to pursue additional tariffs if China retaliates by taking action against American companies or imposes new tariffs on U.S. goods. That appears likely to happen as Reuters reports a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry told local reporters “If the United States takes unilateral, protectionist measures, harming China’s interests, we will quickly react and take necessary steps to resolutely protect our fair, legitimate rights.”

Reuters reports the tariffs will go into effect on July 6th and initially target 818 products made in China. The tariffs will impact a number of different companies and sectors including the automotive industry.

General Motors and Volvo are among the automakers with the most to lose as GM imports the Buick Envision and Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid from China. Volvo, on the other hand, imports the S60 Inscription but that won’t be a problem too much longer as the next-generation S60 will be unveiled on June 20th and it will be built in South Carolina.

Bloomberg reached out to GM and a spokesperson confirmed the Envision will likely be affected by the tariffs. This could have a huge impact on sales as the paper says the crossover could cost an additional $8,000 once the penalties are factored in.

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  • Salih Ahzem

    Is it ironic or idiotic that only major vehicles affected are made by GM?

    American bureaucracy at its finest…

    • dumblikeyou2

      What, the Envision? That’s the only car that gets imported to NA and it doesn’t sell anyway. The only other one is the plug-in CT6 another also-ran no one noticed.
      Ford is producing the next Focus sedan in China, but that’s about it.

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    Well, looks like Ford’s plan to import the Focus Active (I think that’s what it’s called) may potentiallybe in jeopardy. And if the Chinese retaliate (which I have every reason to believe they will) that’s going to affect American cars sold in China which would hurt their sales. We’ll just to wait and see how this plays out.

    • James Denz

      Most Buicks and other American cars sold in China are built there so tariffs have no effect on their prices.

  • pcurve

    Raise your hand if anyone here knew Buick even sold this in the U.S….

    • diesel_vdub

      GM/Buick haven’t hidden the fact that it’s imported from China, I’m fairly certain it was part of the initial press releases about the vehicle.

    • Paul

      If anyone regularly follows the industry you know it is made in China.

    • James Denz

      It’s been well publicized about that Buick’s origins.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I’ve been harping on about it forever.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      This is why I will only buy German cars made in Germany or a Euro country making cars for the Germans. American car companies are now importing from China and that is a huge negative on many fronts.

  • Kash

    Huh… You guys didn’t seem to mention that the S90 is also being made in China, has been for some time now, and Geely said it’ll only be made in China, the entire series, not just a single variant like the CT6 either. Weird… I mean you obviously know about Volvo’s China production since you mentioned the S60 even though you quickly reminded us the new one will be made in South Carolina, and you also wrote an article when Geely announced S90 production, and then again when it started shipping them to Europe by train. I guess someone just forgot to put it in this article then.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Another thing I’ve been harping on forever.

      • Kash

        Which part? The shoddy journalism that seems to be this site’s new standard, or the fact the S90 is also made in China?

        • Six Thousand Times

          The Volvo thing.

  • diesel_vdub

    Great way to hurt US companies, destroy sales of their products, and ultimately cost American employees their jobs. These tariffs are not going to cause Buick to start building the Envision in the US, they’ll just stop selling it here.

    • ImNachoLover

      We have plenty of options when it comes to SUVs. I dont think many people would care if they stopped selling it here?

    • James Denz

      How does selling Chinese built Envisions help American workers or the fact that nearly all American cars sold in China are built there, not here.

  • Paul

    Wulp GM I guess it’s high time you wake up and build in closer to home.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    So Apple will bankrupt

  • dojevu

    What these tariffs are really about is that Washington are shit-scared of China’s strategic plan “Made in China 2025” which will cement China’s position as the number one global economic superpower. Due to lack of strategy and investment in boosting the competitiveness of the US hi tech industry, the government is now resorting to protectionism and seeking conflict with China to justify further sanctions.

  • ProtectOurHeritage

    If they want to sell them in the US, perhaps they should make them here or quit whinging?

  • Karl

    This doesn’t bodes well for Lincoln seeing that all of their cars sold in China are made in the U.S

  • Bob White

    Do Americans even realize that Detroit is basically an assembler of Chinese components? Just try finding auto parts which aren’t made in China or only boxed in the US.

    Canada, Mexico and Europe all have extensive tariffs about to hit next month. The entire world will break the spine of the dis-United States.

    All the allies could have worked together to address the Chinese problem but now the US is on its own now that friendly countries have been unfairly targeted. The orange carrot is creating permanent damage.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    Foxconn India is still Foxconn
    And we are talking only about apple

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    No matter…just give the Chinese a couple weeks, they’ll have one on the road that looks 99% like it for $16000 less.

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