Car tariffs would hurt US jobs, BMW CEO says


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GENEVA, March 6 (Reuters) - Tariffs on car imports in the United States, if implemented, would hurt jobs in the world's second-largest car market, the chief executive of German carmaker BMW said on Tuesday.

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"Should we get tariff walls it would have an impact on jobs in the United States," Harald Krueger said at the Geneva car show, adding that the company was in a better position there than its rivals because of its plant in South Carolina.

Trump on Saturday threatened European automakers with a tax on imports if the European Union retaliates against his plan to slap tariffs on aluminum and steel. (Reporting by Jan Schwartz; Writing by Christoph Steitz, editing by Louise Heavens)

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