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Automakers in China put the brakes on production

Nissan and Mazda to cut back 20% as market slowdown takes its toll

Cars wait to be shipped from Nissan's plant in Dalian, Liaoning province. The automaker is fighting to reduce inventory. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

BEIJING/TOKYO -- Global automakers are slashing production at their plants in China as sales stall in the world's largest car market, a slowdown that threatens to become a drag on the nation's economic growth.  

Companies that are cutting back include Ford Motor of the U.S., whose sales remain stuck in reverse, and South Korea's Hyundai Motor. More recently, Japan's Nissan Motor and Mazda Motor are cutting output in China by about 20%.

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