The severe drought that has ravaged northern Mexico for several consecutive years, though relieved somewhat by recent rains, is rigorously testing automakers' recycling and conservation efforts as well their relationship with local communities. Automakers say the lack of rain hasn't affected production at their assembly plants, which use massive amounts of water daily. But Ford Motor Co. did recently submit a project to recycle and reuse water at its Hermosillo, Sonara, small car facility, ...

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