New Delhi: The country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Sunday said it has decided to suspend production at its manufacturing facilities in Haryana with immediate effect due to the coronavirus outbreak. Also Read - Auto Expo 2020: Maruti Suzuki Launches New BS VI Variant of Ignis

The company will shut production and office operations at its facilities in Gurugram and Manesar (Haryana) with immediate effect till further notice,” MSI said in a statement. The company’s research and development centre at Rohtak will also remain closed, it added. Also Read - Auto Expo 2020: Maruti Suzuki Unveils New Vitara Brezza With BS6 Petrol Engine

The duration of this shutdown will depend upon government policy, MSI said. The company’s two plants in Haryana — Manesar and Gurugram — churn out 15.5 lakh vehicles per annum. Also Read - Auto Expo 2020: Maruti Suzuki to go Green, Unveils Concept Electric Vehicle FUTURO-e

MSI said it has been taking all recommended precautions against the spread of coronavirus, including sanitisation and hygiene measures.

“As a next step, the government policy now requires closure of production and, accordingly, the company has taken a decision on production closure,” it said.