SAO PAULO — Negotiations between steel manufacturers and automakers here have reached a stalemate in what may result in a car-parts' shortage or a generalized price hike for vehicles. Brazilian carmakers say proposed steel hikes would hurt competitiveness of domestic-made cars shipped abroad. Caught in the crossfire between the automakers and steel firms are the auto-parts producers, which claim they will be forced to pass on price increases to buyers. Suppliers already have suspended ...

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