Disasters

Detroit-area dealers struggle with submerged autos, trapped customers

10:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2014
As the rain fell last Monday afternoon, Pat Presutti, new-car sales manager at Jim Riehl's Friendly Chrysler Jeep in suburban Detroit sent a porter out to check the water level in the back lot where nearly 100 cars were parked. It was only about a half inch deep, but by early evening, dumpsters were floating around in the car lot....
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GM Tech Center nears full operation while pumps run

11:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
General Motors' Technical Center is nearly back to full operations after Monday's record rainfall in Detroit caused flooding and power issues....
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Record rainfall in Michigan disrupts Detroit 3 operations

11:38 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
Southeast Michigan experienced record rainfall Monday, causing closures or slowdowns at Ford, General Motors and Chrysler plants and tech centers throughout the area....
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EDITORIALS

Planning for trouble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Toyota is asking 400 North American suppliers to detail their disaster plans in an effort to minimize the harm and duration of future production shutdowns....
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China orders national safety overhaul after deadly blast at GM supplier

Aug. 5, 2014 13:46 CET
China ordered a nationwide overhaul of safety practices at factories handling explosive materials following a fatal blast at an auto parts factory near Shanghai, the official Xinhua News Agency reported....
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China orders national safety overhaul after deadly blast at GM supplier

7:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
China ordered a nationwide overhaul of safety practices at factories handling explosive materials following a fatal blast at an auto parts factory near Shanghai, the official Xinhua News Agency reported....
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Death toll from blast at Chinese GM supplier rises to 75

6:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The death toll from the explosion at the factory of a GM supplier near Shanghai rose to 75, according to the official Xinhua News Agency....
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Toyota asks suppliers for disaster plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
To protect itself from production bottlenecks caused by unforeseen disasters, Toyota Motor Corp. has asked 400 North American suppliers to identify any key parts that are produced by just one factory. The automaker has also asked the 400 to develop backup production plans in case a single-source factory shuts down unexpectedly....
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GM looks for alternative supplies in China after deadly factory blast

5:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2014
GM has asked one of its Tier 1 suppliers in China to find an alternative source of components after an explosion ripped through a factory on Saturday, killing at least 75 people and injuring 185....
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Blast at wheel supplier in China kills at least 69

6:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2014
China suffered its worst industrial accident in a year on Saturday when an explosion killed at least 69 people and injured more than 120 at a factory that makes wheels for United States carmakers, including General Motors....
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Acura NSX prototype bursts into flames during testing

1:42 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
An Acura NSX prototype burst into flames today while testing in Germany, but Acura says the futuristic sports car is continuing "progress toward its highly anticipated launch."...
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Driver of stolen Tesla that crashed, split in 2, dies

9:43 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
The driver of a stolen Model S sedan that crashed and split in two in west Los Angeles nearly a week ago has died. The L.A. County Department of Coroner said today that the driver, Joshua Michael Flot, 26, of Inglewood, Calif., died on Monday....
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Hail ravages Nebraska's 'Truck Mountain' store

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Woodhouse Auto Family, which owns the famed "Truck Mountain" store that is the nation's top seller of F-series pickups, sustained damage to nearly 4,400 vehicles last week as storms pelted eastern Nebraska and western Iowa with baseball-sized hail....
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Hail ravages thousands of vehicles at Nebraska, Iowa dealerships

11:25 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Woodhouse Auto Family, the owner of Woodhouse Ford in Nebraska, known for its Truck Mountain, said it sustained damage to nearly 4,400 of its vehicles Tuesday night as storms pelted the Midwest with baseball-sized hail. The storms hit Woodhouse stores and other dealerships in Nebraska and western Iowa, leading to slashed prices and immediate damage assessments by insurance adjusters....
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HANS GREIMEL

Akio's world: When growth is no growth

3:14 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2014
Akio Toyoda is the first to admit it. He doesn't count company growth the same way as other captains of industry -- or Wall Street profit hounds, for that matter....
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Miss. dealership devastated by tornado but open for business

3:56 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
Dealer Bob Boyte hunkered down Monday evening as a tornado barreled toward his home in suburban Jackson, Miss. Boyte said he was happy that no one was hurt, but the job of fixing the dealership has just begun....
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Porsche blames loose fastener for engine fires in 911 GT3 model

March 20, 2014 06:01 CET
Porsche said a fastener that wasn't properly installed is to blame for engine fires in two of its 911 GT3s that led to a recall of all 785 cars from the current model year....
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Porsche sees solution 'shortly' for 911 GT3 engine fires

March 14, 2014 17:06 CET
Porsche is close to fixing a fault that has caused engine fires in two 911 GT3 sports cars....
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3 years later, rebounding from quake, tsunami

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake-tsunami devastated Japan and also torpedoed much of the nation's auto industry for the better part of a year. But as Japan marks the three-year anniversary, the country's carmakers have rebounded to precrisis highs. Last year, Japan churned out 9.6 million vehicles, just topping 2010's prequake result....
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Sonic extends hours to make up for time lost to weather

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014
Sonic Automotive is extending store hours in parts of the country hit by severe winter weather in an effort to make up vehicle sales and service revenue lost during the storms....
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Porsche recalls all GT3 cars delivered this year in fire probe

Feb. 20, 2014 12:51 CET
Porsche will recall all of the 785 GT3 sports cars that have been delivered worldwide this year as it continues to investigate fires that broke out in two cars....
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Porsche tells GT3 customers to stop driving for engine inspection

7:13 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2014
Porsche on Thursday advised drivers of the most expensive version of its overhauled 911 sports car to stop driving the vehicle after two of them caught fire in Europe....
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Porsche halts GT3 deliveries after two catch fire

Feb. 19, 2014 13:13 CET
Porsche says it expects to conclude an investigation into fires that broke out in two of its 911 GT3 cars this week, after the carmaker said it would halt deliveries of the model....
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Sunken sports cars need an ambulance; GM will help

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2014
Officials at the National Corvette Museum had just two bits of good news after a very tough week: The sinkhole that swallowed eight of their classics isn't getting any bigger; and General Motors is sending an ambulance for the battered Vettes....
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BMW, Kia plants cancel shifts because of winter storm

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2014
BMW and Kia canceled shifts at their plants in the United States today because of severe winter weather in the Southeast. A winter storm warning is in effect until Thursday evening for the area, with snow and ice potentially causing power outages and treacherous roadways....
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