Ford Motor Co. is planning to halt Mercury Cougar production for two days in March and at least 28 more days through July as a way to trim massive inventories of the coupe, Ward's has learned. The planned March 17 and March 24 shutdowns of AutoAlliance International Inc., a plant jointly owned by Mazda Motor Corp., also means production of the Mazda 626 will be cut. Workers will receive 80% of their pay during the shortened week. The Cougar had a huge 178-day supply on Jan. 31, while the ...

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