March 19, 2020 / 10:03 PM / 15 days ago

Ford to suspend production in Brazil, Argentina due to coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Ford is seen on a 2020 Ford Explorer car at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co (F.N) on Thursday said it will suspend production in Brazil and Argentina starting next week due to the coronavirus outbreak, joining General Motors Co and Mercedes Benz which have also announced similar measures in Brazil.

Brazil automakers initially feared they would have to suspend production in April, but the spread of the virus has forced faster cuts.

Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Sandra Maler

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