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Honda pauses Indian auto production amid virus surge

Shutdown at Rajasthan plant follows motorcycle manufacturing stoppage

Honda Motor closed its Uttar Pradesh auto plant in December, consolidating production at a single facility in Rajasthan.   © Reuters

MUMBAI -- Honda Motor suspended auto manufacturing operations in India on Friday, broadening a production shutdown in the country as a massive coronavirus outbreak shows no sign of abating.

The Japanese automaker moved up planned maintenance at its plant in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, which will remain shut down until May 18. The company already had halted motorcycle manufacturing at its Indian facilities from May 1 to May 15 to curb the spread of the virus.

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