Ford to halt B-Max production again in Romania, report says

European sales of the B-Max have fallen nearly 20 percent in the first seven months, according to JATO.

BUCHAREST (Reuters) -- Ford Motor Co. will halt production of its B-Max minivan at its Romanian car factory for nine days in September because of low demand, Ford Romania spokeswoman Ana-Maria Timis was quoted as saying by local news agency Mediafax.

Ford took over struggling local carmaker Automobile Craiova in 2008 and started producing its B-Max model there four years later.

Ford Romania, which employs about 4,000 people, began regularly stopping production for several days a month in September last year.

European sales of the B-Max fell 19.5 percent to 36,167 in the first seven months compared with the same period the year before, according to market researchers JATO Dynamics.