Ford Motor Co. halted production of Mercury Cougars Friday, March 17, at AutoAlliance International Inc. (AAI) as a way to trim mounting inventories of the slow-selling coupe (see Ward's Automotive Reports — March 6, '00, p.1). The plant, owned jointly with Mazda Motor Corp., also builds the 626 sedan. Production also is scheduled to be halted March 24, employees at the plant say. Ford engineers are said to be studying a plan to reduce the line speed at AAI from 44 jobs per hour to 30, as ...

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