Trump threatens BMW with border tax on cars built in Mexico

BERLIN, Jan 15 (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump has warned the United States will impose a border tax of 35 percent on cars that German carmaker BMW plans to build at a new plant in Mexico and export to the U.S. market.

Trump was speaking in an interview with German newspaper Bild, which on Sunday released excerpts of his comments translated into German.

A BMW spokeswoman said a BMW Group plant in San Luis Potosi would build the BMW 3 Series starting from 2019, with the output intended for the world market. The plant in Mexico would be an addition to existing 3 Series production facilities in Germany and China. (Reporting by Michael Nienaber and Edward Taylor; writing by Vera Eckert; editing by Andrew Roche)

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(Original Caption) The 1938 BMW is described by automobile enthusiasts as 'immortal.' Its legend spawned an entire post World War II industry of derivatives and it ranks among the most successful and popular sports cars of the era. This 328, owned by Gil Steward of Wenham, Ma, is just one of many vintage BMW's expected to be on hand at the BMW vintage fall festival at Lime Rock Park, Lime Rock, CT., Sept. 20-22. In addition, other prestigious car companies such as Maserati, Bently and Ferrari, Lotus, Porsche, Jaguar, and many others are expected to be there.
Two women take a look at the new BMW Isetta bubble car at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1955. (Photo by � Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Luxury cars Woman getting in or out of a BMW Dixi luxury car (BMW Dixi 3/15 hp, three seater, 4 cylinder, licenced by Austin) - 1928 - Photographer: Hans Henschke - Published by: 'Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung' 46/1928 Vintage property of ullstein bild (Photo by Hans Henschke/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Luxury cars Woman sitting in a BMW Dixi luxury car (BMW Dixi 3/15 hp, three seater, 4 cylinder) - 1928 - Vintage property of ullstein bild (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Luxury cars A lady behind the steering wheel of her BMW - 1930 - Vintage property of ullstein bild (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Sportwagen der Firma BMW mit 1.5 Liter Hubraum und 40 PSerschienen Dame 8/1934Aufnahme Ewald Hoinkis (Photo by Ewald Hoinkis/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Hoppe, Marianne - Actress, Germany *26.04.1909-23.10.2002+ - full-figure portrait, with a car - around 1940 - Photographer: Hedda Walther Vintage property of ullstein bild (Photo by Hedda Walther/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
14th February 1956: The new BMW Isetta, a 250cc single cylinder, air-cooled four-wheeled car. The driver gets in at the front. (Photo by Hans Meyer/BIPs/Getty Images)
CANADA - FEBRUARY 15: Color Co-ordinated: White was a big color at this year's show; and BMW made good use of it with all its cars turned out in the non-pearl shade. Shown is BMW 5-series. (Photo by David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Red BMW 507 convertible manufactured in first BMW auto assembly plant outside Germany. (Photo by Eric Horan/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
(AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) BMW motor cars on the dock at Whitebay, 20 March 1995. AFR Picture by PHIL CARRICK (Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 02: The Official Car, A Bmw 735, That The Princess Of Wales Arrived In To Attend The Centrepoint Campaign At Bafta, Piccadilly, London. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
BMW Z8 Roadster, 2000, Munich, Germany. (Photo by Rainer W. Schlegelmilch/Getty Images)

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