China’s GAC may delay U.S. plans in wake of Trump’s trade spat


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Yu Jun: “Maybe in the first half of 2020 we will go to the U.S. market.” Photo credit: Dave Versical

PARIS — Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automotive Group may delay plans to sell vehicles in the United States because of the escalating trade spat between the world’s two biggest automaking nations.

The company in January said it would introduce a seven-seat utility, called the GS8, in the U.S. next year, and it solicited dealers in March at the annual National Automobile Dealers Association convention.

But the new 25 percent tariff imposed on Chinese imports by President Donald Trump has forced GAC to change its outlook.

“There may be a delay,” said President Yu Jun in a meeting with reporters after the company introduced the second generation of its GS5 crossover at the Paris auto show.

“Maybe in the first half of 2020 we will go to the U.S. market.”

The shift serves as the latest example of how automakers are being blown off course by the tariffs, which had been 2.5 percent on cars and utility vehicles.

In August, Ford cited the tariffs in canceling plans to import the Focus Active to the United States from China.

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