Ford Motors assembly plants in Pretoria, South Africa, and Nanjing, China, will be down this week. Ford spokesman says the factories had been scheduled to shut down for a week later this year, but the downtime was pulled ahead.
Ford idles European plant as a precautionary measure to conserve parts. Ford also cancels overtime at three US plants and one in Thailand.
Ford tells dealers not to order cars in tuxedo black, royal red, red candy, and red fire. Ford gets the metallic pigment from Japan, where production has been halted.