You can try and spin it anyway you like, but if it were as simple as model changes they wouldn't lay people off. From your link: President Trump’s approach to trade relations also poses significant risks to the U.S. automotive industry. Already, the President’s national security tariffs on steel and aluminum have made the United States the most expensive region in the world for these metals – leading to higher prices for consumers and lower profits for producers. The U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports expanded to encompass virtually all automotive parts in September, and this, too, will affect consumer prices and profits. Passage of the recently-signed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is far from certain as Democrats in Congress seek to strengthen labor and environmental protections in the deal. If the USMCA process bogs down, the President may withdraw from the current North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which will create greater uncertainty for the industry. The Administration has also started the process of negotiating trade deals with the EU, Japan, and the UK – adding to uncertainty and risk for automakers and suppliers. Perhaps the biggest risk to the industry, however, is the potential for the President to impose additional tariffs on imported autos and parts as part of the current Commerce Department Section 232 investigation into whether these imports pose a national security threat. Nope. Trump touched it.