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Yamaha to halt Indian motorcycle plants as COVID slams industry

Suzuki extends auto plant shutdowns to free up more oxygen

Cryogenic tankers carrying liquid oxygen are seen onboard an Oxygen Express Train after reaching a railway station in New Delhi.   © Reuters

MUMBAI -- Japan's Yamaha Motor said Monday it will suspend production at two motorcycle plants in India as manufacturers scramble to cope with the country's worsening coronavirus epidemic.

The plant closures, set to start Saturday and end May 31, will also prevent a backlog in inventory due to the number of dealerships suspending business. Yamaha had previously coped by downscaling factory operations.

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