Mexico’s Economy Minister, Tatiana Clouthier, welcomed Canada’s stance. “The regional industry that has been developed for a long time has to be defended,” she said. What does the US have to say? A spokesperson from the office of the US Trade Representative said America’s interpretation of the agreement is consistent and necessary to create quality jobs and attract investment. America’s neighbors are concerned the US’s approach might force automakers to use cheaper parts originating from outside of North America.
Unless this dispute is resolved, there could be unfortunate consequences for popular vehicles not built in the US, such as the Ford Bronco Sport and Maverick, Chevrolet Blazer, and Dodge Challenger. There’s no doubt automakers are monitoring this political showdown very closely.