Ford to pause Romanian B-Max output again in February, report says

The B-Max is Ford's No. 4-selling model in Europe.
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BUCHAREST (Reuters) -- Ford Motor Co. will halt production at its Romanian car factory for four days in February because of continued low demand, officials of the U.S. carmaker were quoted as saying today by the Ziarul Financiar newspaper.

Ford took over struggling local carmaker Automobile Craiova in 2008 and started producing the B-Max small minivan there four years later. The company made more than 68,000 cars and 250,000 engines in Romania last year, but since September it has paused production for several days each month.

In February, employees at its car division will not work Fridays, but its engine production unit will not be affected, Ziarul Financiar said, quoting an official at the plant. Ford Romania employs about 4,000 people.

Last year, Ford sold 68,479 B-Max minivans in Europe, making it the No. 4 seller for the automaker in the market after the Fiesta, Focus and C-Max, according to market researcher JATO Dynamics.

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