© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A technician from FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) assembly plant fixes respirators for use in hospitals at the company’s lab, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Betim
By Marcelo Rochabrun and Anthony Esposito
SAO PAULO/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Auto production in Mexico and Brazil, Latin America’s top producers, plunged by an unprecedented 99% in April as a result of the coronavirus crisis, with the two countries building a total of just 5,569 vehicles.
In normal times, Mexico and Brazil produce over half a million cars a month combined. The industry accounts for hundreds of thousands of jobs and several percentage points of their respective countries’ gross domestic products.
“The situation is difficult and dramatic,” Luiz Carlos Moraes, president of Brazil’s automakers association, told reporters.
The statements on production, made on Friday by Mexico’s Inegi…