Ford, GM resume or prepare to restart China car plants amid coronavirus


A Ford Escort on display at a Ford dealership in Shanghai, China, on Thursday, July 19, 2018.

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Several automakers on Monday reopened or are preparing to restart factories in China after an extended holiday shutdown due to the coronavirus, which is now responsible for more than 900 deaths in the country.

Ford Motor resumed vehicle production at its plants in Chongqing and Hangzhou, according to Anderson Chan, a company spokesman. It’s unclear when the facilities will fully reopen to their capacity before the shutdown, which started late last month. The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker operates six assembly plants in the country.

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