November 7, 2013 12:35 PM

Top exporter of U.S. cars? It's a German company that wants uniform crash tests

It may come as a surprise that the top exporter of U.S. cars is a company from Germany: BMW. Its Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, which employs 7,000 people, now produces more than 300,000 BMWs per year, sending 70 percent of them to 140 different countries. But those countries often have different standards, making it more expensive for BMW to produce its cars. Crash-test requirements, for example, vary greatly between the U.S. and Europe. It’s sure to be a big issue when the U.S. and European Union open their second round of trade talks on Monday in Brussels.

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