Automobile production in Brazil rose 29.9% in February from January, while sales slipped 0.6%, the national automakers’ association said on Monday. Automakers in Brazil produced around 257,200 new cars and trucks last month, while sales totaled about 198,600 vehicles, according to industry group Anfavea.

Compared with a year ago, auto output rose 20.5% and sales grew by 26.6%.

Production grew even though Ford’s plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo was shut for several days last month due to workers’ protests after the company announced it would exit its truck business in South America and close its plant in the town.

Exports, which have been falling due to the economic crisis in neighboring Argentina, slumped 38.9% compared to last year, but rose 61.8% compared to January.

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