It's worth noting that GM of Canada in particular has actually been losing the manufacturing of certain vehicles (such as the Chevy Camaro and Impala) to other countries recently.

It's official - Canada has finally garnered the negative attention of the U.S. President-elect. Donald Trump has been clear in recent weeks about his wish to impose taxes on any automaker that moves vehicle production out of the United States and into another country. In a conference call on Friday, a spokesman for Trump said those measures apply to any country, including Canada.

As reported by Automotive News, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that "When a company that's in the U.S. moves to a place, whether it's Canada or Mexico, or any other country seeking to put U.S. workers at a disadvantage, (Trump) is going to do everything he can to deter that."

The result, as given by Toyota in an email statement to Automotive News, is that new taxes would drive up the cost of vehicles.

According to Automotive News, the U.S. imported $37 billion worth of vehicles from Canada in 2016. The problem, according to Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Guelph, Ontario-based auto parts maker Linamar Corp. is that with parts constantly being exported and imported from Canada to the U.S. and vice-versa, both countries will end up losing out.

The result, as given by Toyota in an email statement to Automotive News, is that new taxes would drive up the cost of vehicles.

Trump hasn't been shy about threatening car companies since being elected president, and it now seems downright naive to think Canada would be ignored, despite the two countries being close neighbours, both literally and figuratively.

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Some vehicles that are currently built in Canada include General Motors' Chevrolet Equinox and Cadillac XTS, Toyota's Corolla, RAV4 and Lexus RX, Honda's Civic and CR-V, Ford's Edge and Lincoln MKX, and Fiat-Chrysler's Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler 300. In fact, Ontario produces more vehicles than anywhere else in North America. Added taxes to these high-volume vehicles would not go unnoticed.

It's worth noting that GM of Canada in particular has actually been losing the manufacturing of certain vehicles (such as the Chevy Camaro and Impala) to other countries recently. If Trump is focusing specifically on taxing vehicles being moved out of the U.S. into Canada during his presidency, that may not be something Canadians will have to worry about.

Source: Automotive News

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