Brazilian carmakers to stop production amid virus spread

Brazilian car producers Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and Renault have announced collective holidays starting in April, following the same measures from General Motors (GM), Ford and Mercedes-Benz because of concerns about the spread of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Volkswagen, the second-largest car producer in the country, will stop production at its four units in the country for two weeks starting on March 31.
The measure aims to “preserve the health of employees and their families amid the spread of the [2019-nCoV],” the company said on Friday March 20.
Volkswagen owns plants in the cities of São Bernardo do Campo, Taubaté, São José dos Pinhais and São Carlos, with 15,000 workers.

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Felipe Peroni

March 21, 2020

05:18 GMT

São Paulo