Can't Get No Tariff Relief: Tesla, GM, Nissan, FCA, Uber Appeals Denied

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
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Large U.S. companies hoping to side-step the 25 percent tariff on Chinese goods by appealing to the government aren’t having much luck. Since July, the U.S. has imposed the tariff on billions of dollars worth of goods from the People’s Republic, leading to financial fallout for automakers heavily invested in the region.

And it seems no one complained more than General Motors. Tesla, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler, and Uber also sent in official gripes in the hopes of receiving an exemption, only to have the door hit them on the way out.

According to Reuters, GM sent more than 50 requests to the U.S. Trade Representative. The automaker’s appeals fell on deaf ears, however, with the USTR rejecting efforts to remove import levies on such things as electronic controllers for high-voltage battery controls, ignition switches, and electric motor components.

Recently, the USTR turned down requests from Tesla for an exemption on its Model 3 computer, touchscreen, and Autopilot “brain.” The trade rep’s office said the components were “a product strategically important or related to ‘Made in China 2025,’ or other Chinese industrial programs.”

If you’re no fan of Uber or its rentable electric bikes, you’ll be pleased to learn those two-wheeled mobility devices couldn’t wrestle themselves away from the tariff, either. Nor could Nissan, which reportedly sent in dozens of requests.

For FCA, the tariffs imposed on things like wire harnesses and the Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler’s electrical power steering pump could end up costing customers more at buying time. The company said, in one request, that it will be forced to “reduce its margins, pass the additional cost onto consumers, or some combination of the two.”

Tesla, which finds itself in a far more perilous financial situation that its rivals, offered up a similar refrain. Choosing a non-Chinese supplier would have pushed the Model 3 timeline ahead by a year and a half, the automaker said.

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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  • Schmitt trigger Schmitt trigger on Jun 14, 2019

    I don't believe that they are stupid. They are actually carefully planning the financial well-being for them and the elites they serve. Corrupt? In spades, my friend, in spades. And wholly unpatriotic.

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    • Highdesertcat Highdesertcat on Jun 15, 2019

      @Lorenzo " Self-interest at the expense of others is unethical.." Does this mean you'd take a bullet for someone? Or would you willingly lose money in the stock market and other investment because of your concern for your fellow human being? IMO, self-interest is what has ensured the survival of mankind.

  • Spartan Spartan on Jun 16, 2019

    All to please a bunch of idiots who won't even buy American made products and have foreign iron sitting in their driveway. But eh, MAGA! Fools.

    • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Jun 17, 2019

      I like it, and 3/4 of my fleet is US built with the only non US one being a Mexican built Ford.

  • MaintenanceCosts Despite my hostile comments above I really can't wait to see a video of one of these at the strip. A production car running mid-eights is just bats. I just hope that at least one owner lets it happen, rather than offloading the car from the trailer straight into a helium-filled bag that goes into a dark secured warehouse until Barrett-Jackson 2056.
  • Schurkey Decades later, I'm still peeved that Honda failed to recall and repair the seat belts in my '80 Civic. Well-known issue with the retractors failing to retract.Honda cut a deal with the NHTSA at that time, to put a "lifetime warranty" on FUTURE seat belts, in return for not having to deal with the existing problems.Dirtbags all around. Customers screwed, corporation and Government moves on.
  • Bullnuke An acquaintance of mine 50+ years ago who was attending MIT (until General Hershey's folks sent him his "Greetings" letter) converted an Austin Mini from its staid 4 cylinder to an electric motored fuel cell vehicle. It was done as a project during his progression toward a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering. He told me it worked pretty well but wasn't something to use as a daily driver given the technology and availability of suitable components of the time. Fueling LH2 and LOX was somewhat problematic. Upon completion he removed his fuel cell and equipment and, for another project, reinstalled the 4 banger but reassembled it without mechanical fasteners using an experimental epoxy adhesive instead which, he said, worked much better and was a daily driver...for awhile. He went on to be an enlisted Reactor Operator on a submarine for a few years.
  • Ajla $100k is walking around money but this is almost certainly the last Dodge V8 vehicle and it's likely to be the most powerful factory-installed and warrantied pushrod engine ever. So there is some historical applicability to things even if you have an otherwise low opinion of the Challenger.And, like I said up thread, if you still hate it will be gone soon anyway.
  • Carlson Fan GM completely blew the marketing of the Volt. The commercials were terrible. You'd swear they told the advertising company to come up with an ad that would make sure no one went out and shopped a Volt after seeing it!...........LOL My buddy asked why I bought a car that only goes 40 miles on a charge? That pretty much sums up how confusing and uninformative the advertising was.