"If the US would impose these car tariffs that would be very unfortunate. We are preparing together with our member states a list of rebalancing measures there as well. And this we have made that clear to our American partners," EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said.
She went on noting that the bloc is preparing a list of counter-measures "in the same way as with steel and aluminium."
Next week, Malmstrom together with EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker is due to pay a visit to US President Donald Trump to discuss trade issues.
The issue of automotive industry tariffs came to the surface after US President Donald Trump had ordered the Commerce Department in May to conduct an investigation into the bloc's trade surplus with the US and higher import tariffs on cars. Last week, the President announced that the research was drawing to a close and that Washington was considering the introduction of 20 percent duties on all vehicles assembled in the EU.
Previously, the US imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the EU, drawing a barrage of criticism from its Transatlantic partners and warnings that a full-scale trade war was looming.