Mumbai – India’s biggest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India as well as others such as Mahindra, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat Chrysler and Hyundai have announced that they will halt production in the country due to the coronavirus outbreak. This could also have a knock-on effect on South African car sales as a number of popular model ranges are sourced from India. These include the Toyota Etios, Hyundai Atos and Grand i10, Ford Figo, Suzuki Swift and S-Presso, Volkswagen Polo Sedan and more. The move comes after carmakers shut plants last week in Europe, the United States, Canada and Mexico as the global death toll from coronavirus exceeded 13 000. South Africa has also seen its BMW factory in Rosslyn shut down. Mahindra said it aims to start making ventilators for coronavirus patients at its manufacturing plants, mirroring similar efforts by other carmakers including Ferrari and Fiat. At least 341 people have so far contracted the disease in India and five deaths have been reported in country, prompting the government to suspend most train and metro services nationwide and order the closure of shops in several states until March 31. Maruti, which builds one in every two cars sold i...