Trump’s car tariffs would hit eastern Europe

Germany may be the biggest likely victim of any punitive U.S. tariffs on car imports from Europe, but the industry’s complex geography means other European countries including Slovakia and Hungary would also be hurt, taking a bigger hit in relative terms.

Volkswagen builds VW Touareg, Audi Q8, and Q7, and Porsche Cayenne large SUVs for the U.S. market in Bratislava, Slovakia, according to Automotive News Europe‘s assembly plant map.

Daimler and Audi have large factories in Hungary that build cars for the American market. Audi builds its A3, TT coupe and Q3 models, while Daimler builds the A- and B-class, and CLA cars in the country.

Not in eastern Europe, but also in the firing line are Italy and Finland.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles builds the Jeep Renegade, one of its best-sellers in the U.S., in Melfi, Italy. Finland’s Valmet Automotive is a big contract manufacturer for Daimler, building the A class and GLC.

That, however, is only the most visible part of European countries’ automotive exports to the U.S.; central and eastern European nations are deeply integrated into international production chains, especially those of German automakers.