Trump's trade moves may throttle car manufacturing revival

A Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at a car show last year in Detroit, Michigan. The US state has had recent spots of good news, including a US$300 million investment from General Motors to build an electric car in Flint. Fiat Chrysler will also spend US$4.5
A Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at a car show last year in Detroit, Michigan. The US state has had recent spots of good news, including a US$300 million investment from General Motors to build an electric car in Flint. Fiat Chrysler will also spend US$4.5 billion to expand its factories in Michigan to produce more SUVs and pickup trucks.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Proposed tariffs or border action could threaten jobs in the sector

In recent visits to Rust Belt states, an ebullient President Donald Trump seized on a string of high-profile billion-dollar investments and factory expansions by car companies to declare that the automobile manufacturers were coming back to America.

On the face of it, the industry has undeniably experienced a post-recession recovery. Official statistics show that the number of car and truck manufacturing jobs across the United States has climbed steadily from 122,500 in January 2009 to 239,600 in February this year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2019, with the headline 'Trump's trade moves may throttle car manufacturing revival'. Print Edition | Subscribe