Dealerships in North Carolina have been reporting wind damage and flooding at their stores after Florence, now a tropical depression, blew through over the weekend. Mercedes-Benz and Volvo resumed operations at their South Carolina plants.
Hurricane Florence -- now battering the North Carolina coast -- prompted store closures and lost sales, and is likely to result in property damage to showrooms and inventory, but analysts expect fourth-quarter benefits for dealers to more than offset losses.
As the fringes of Hurricane Florence begin to slash the Carolina coasts with heavy rain and strong winds, Japanese supplier Denso suspended operations at its Greenville plant in North Carolina on Thursday.
Toyota plans to gradually restart production in Japan on Tuesday and be back to normal output starting Thursday after it suspended almost all auto assembly following a deadly earthquake in northern Japan that triggered widespread blackouts.
Toyota is stopping most of its auto production in Japan as a result of a deadly earthquake in the nation's north. Due to the interruption in its supply chain there, Japan's largest automaker will idle factories beginning Saturday, the company said.