Mercedes-Benz might manufacture a handful of its vehicles in the US, but its best-selling model, the GLC-Class, is an import from Germany. But soon, it'll be built in a different place entirely.
Mercedes-Benz will begin importing its GLC-Class SUV from India, Automotive News reports, citing confirmation from the automaker. Representatives for Mercedes-Benz did not immediately return a request for comment, but a spokesman told Automotive News that the first shipment of Indian-built GLCs will arrive in the US next month.
The US auto market is in a weird place right now. Automakers that import vehicles from China areas the White House ramps up its fledgling trade war.
Some automakers, like General Motors, have petitioned the government for a tariff exception because that would afford US production. Others, such as Volvo, are . And then there's Ford, which in the US, which means the Focus name is all but dead in the States. Tariffs work in the other direction, too -- in July after the country applied retaliatory tariffs.
Moving production of US-spec GLC-Class SUVs from Europe to India could indicate that Mercedes-Benz is concerned about potential US tariffs on European-built luxury vehicles. President Trump has threatened to apply a 20 percent import tariff on European luxury cars, and moving production to India could step around that issue, which has the chance to affect one of Mercedes' biggest cars in the US. Two major auto-industry groups denounced that idea in June.