WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump said on Sunday that automakers should starting assembling motor vehicles in the United States if they wanted to do business in country.
"Car companies and others, if they want to do business in our country, have to start making things here again. WIN!" Trump tweeted.
It was the latest in a string of tweets from Trump that have targeted and prodded Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Toyota Motor Corp. to manufacture in the U.S. or face "border" taxes on imported vehicles.
Trump also warned the United States will impose a border tax of 35 percent on cars that 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, Mexico, would build the BMW 3 Series starting in 2019, with the output intended for markets worldwide. The plant in Mexico would be an addition to existing 3 Series production sites in Germany and China.
Trump said BMW should build its new car factory in the United States because this would be "much better" for the company.
He went on to say Germany was a great car producer, borne out by Mercedes Benz cars being a frequent sight in New York, but there was no reciprocity.
Germans are not buying Chevrolets at the same rate, he said, making the business relationship an unfair, one-way street. He said he was an advocate of free trade, but not at any cost.
The BMW spokeswoman said the company was "very much at home in the U.S.," employing directly and indirectly nearly 70,000 people in the country.