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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Ford Motor Co said on Monda, January 11th, it will close its three plants in Brazil this year and take pretax charges of about US$4.1 (R$22) billion as the COVID-19 pandemic amplified the company’s under use of its manufacturing capacity.

Production will cease immediately at Ford’s plants in Camaçari and Taubaté, with some parts production continuing for a few months to support inventories for aftermarket sales. The Troller plant in Horizonte (CE), Brazil, will continue to operate until the fourth quarter.

Ford officials said the action was part of . . .

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