February 23, 2009 / 10:26 PM / 11 years ago

GM plans temporary shutdowns at Mexican plants

MEXICO CITY, Feb 23 (Reuters) - General Motors said it will temporarily shut down its Mexican auto plants for stretches of several days in March and April as recession-stricken consumers in the United States buy fewer cars.

GM, the largest car manufacturer in Mexico, will close its Silao and Toluca plants in central Mexico between March 2 and March 6, the company said in a statement on Monday.

It will also close its Ramos Arizpe plant in northern Mexico from March 9 through March 17 and again from April 6 to April 10.

The U.S. car market is hurting, with auto sales dropping to a 27-year low in January. Mexico sends most of its auto production to the United States.

In response to signs of a prolonged slump in demand for new cars and trucks, GM (GM.N) said last week it would step up cost-cutting, reducing its global work force by 47,000 jobs this year.

Earlier this month, General Motors said it would lay off 600 workers at its Ramos Arizpe plant. (Reporting by Luis Rojas Mena; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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