GM, VW halt some Mexican output on natural gas shortage

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MEXICO CITY — General Motors and Volkswagen are suspending some of their operations in Mexico due to a natural gas shortage, while Audi will adjust production in line with supply, the automakers said in separate statements Wednesday.

GM said it was forced to halt operations at its plant in the central city of Silao on both Tuesday night and on Wednesday, and would resume once the gas supply returned to an adequate level.

The gas shortfall also prompted Volkswagen to announce it will suspend production on its Jetta model on Thursday and Friday, and on its Taos and Golf models just on Friday, the company’s Mexico unit said.

Audi said it will adjust its production levels depending on the availability of natural gas, which it uses to produce the Audi Q5 vehicle at its plant in Puebla state.

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