The EU in its submission said that European companies make close to 2.9 million cars in the U.S., supporting 120,000 jobs - or 420,000 if cars dealerships and vehicle parts retailers are included, according to Reuters. It was not immediately clear what those concerns are.
The Japanese automaker also said the tariffs would harm some of the U.S.'s closest allies, including Canada, when such Commerce investigations traditionally inspect whether imports come from unsafe sources.
Global automakers are warning the Trump administration of the "detrimental" effects of its proposed tariffs on imports of vehicles and automotive parts, with General Motors Corp. saying it could lead to job cuts and a diminished presence in the United States.
Past year the European Union exported $43.6 billion worth of cars to the United States. It argues that Trump is risking a global trade war that will hit the wallets of US consumers.
Bartiromo asked President Trump if the US should be banding with allies like the European Union to try to "stop China from stealing from" the U.S. Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson announced in late June that it would shift some production of its motorcycles outside the United Sates to avoid retaliatory tariffs imposed by the European Union in response to us tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
EU countries approved a raft of tariffs on Thursday (14 June) targeting U.S. goods including whiskey and motorcycles in retaliation against painful duties imposed by President Donald Trump on European metals.
A detailed study by the U.S. Any new U.S. tariffs would likely lead to further retaliatory measures from China and the EU.
"MEMA remains very concerned that the pattern of recent actions from the administration signal that tariffs are one of several tactics that would be considered and imposed", the group said.
And it said Mexico's government "at the behest of large corporations" has suppressed worker rights in Mexico that in effect hold down wages in the USA auto industry.
Trump has previously been persuaded to back off of trade threats with the argument that states that backed him in the 2016 presidential campaign will be hit hard. Employment in the US auto sector, which accounts for over four million jobs, could be particularly harmed. "We're anxious that that could be put at risk by these tariffs".
But for Murphy and the Chamber of Commerce, threatening companies whose businesses largely rely on exports was not the most constructive strategy in bringing trade to a fair playing field.
"The threat of steep tariffs on vehicle and auto component imports risks undermining GM's competitiveness against foreign auto producers by erecting broad brush trade barriers that increase our global costs, remove a key means of competing with manufacturers in lower - wage countries, and promote a trade environment in which we could be retaliated against in other markets".