President Donald Trump likes to complain that Germany is worsening the U.S. trade deficit by selling too many cars in America. In fact, German automakers help power U.S. exports.
BMW AG’s biggest factory globally is in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Daimler AG is spending $1.3 billion to expand its 20-year-old Mercedes plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and plans to source more parts locally. Sport utility vehicles and sedans produced at those sites make BMW and Mercedes two of America’s five biggest auto exporters.