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2008-05-21 11:10

Hailey Philander

Despite news that Korean manufacturer SsangYong Motors was planning to cut its SUV production, the South African operation won't be affected, Wheels24 learnt on Wednesday.

The decision to cut production comes as the global market for gas guzzlers is floundering in the wake of record-breaking oil prices.

SsangYong, which is owned by China's Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, said its union had agreed to switch from a day and night shift system, to night shifts only.

However, general manager of SsangYong South Africa said this was not unusual and that "all companies go through these changes."

"This does not mean there is anything wrong with SssangYong. The market has been affected, but the whole market is suffering.

"Our products have been receiving good reviews and, globally, we've had record profits in the first quarter."

And how will these production cuts will affect local buyers?

"All our cars are built to order, not for production, so this move won't affect availability at all," Bekker concluded.

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