Disasters

JANUARY 2016 U.S. SALES

Snowstorms drive sales down 0.4%; SAAR rises to 17.55 million

8:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

U.S. auto sales declined 0.4 percent last month, as severe winter weather pushed some consumers to put off car shopping until February. With two fewer sales days, the sales rate still rose to 17.55 million. Automakers posted stronger results than many forecasts had predicted for a month that began with stocks taking a dive and ended with the storm....
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Takata prepares CEO exit over airbag safety crisis, report says

Jan. 28, 2016 11:20 CET

Takata is preparing the ground for the exit of its CEO, Shigehisa Takada, Reuters reported, as pressure builds on the airbag maker following a huge global recall over faulty inflators that can explode with excessive force....
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Snow put damper on January U.S. sales, but demand expected to rebound

2:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

Last weekend's big snowstorm took a big bite out of January's U.S. new-vehicle sales, but analysts and dealers said they expect demand to rebound in February and March, keeping the industry on track for a second consecutive record year....
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Automakers, dealerships in recovery mode after historic snowstorm

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Manufacturers, dealerships and others in the auto industry find themselves digging out after the weekend's historic snowstorm that pummeled the eastern U.S. with as much as 3 feet of snow....
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GM, Toyota idle plants for winter storm as East Coast braces for heavy snow

10:19 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

General Motors and Toyota halted production at their Kentucky plants today as the auto industry braces for the potential impact of Winter Storm Jonas....
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Floods in 'India's Detroit' continue to disrupt car production, industry group says

11:03 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2015

Heavy rain in the southern Indian city of Chennai -- often known as "India's Detroit" -- will disrupt auto manufacturing because the ensuing flooding disrupted the production of components needed by carmakers, according to a manufacturers group....
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Car production halt in flood-hit Indian state may hit sales, exports

6:14 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2015

Global carmakers and suppliers in India's flood-hit southern city of Chennai, an area known as India's Detroit, are being forced to keep factory gates closed until Saturday at least, which is likely to hit local sales and exports in coming months....
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Heavy rains batter auto production in India's Detroit

7:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2015

Heavy rains in India's southern Tamil Nadu state have battered one of the country's largest auto manufacturing hubs and forced plants to shut for the second time in less than a month, crippling production and deliveries from the region....
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Ford, BMW, Renault halt output in India amid heavy rains

6:58 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Ford, BMW and Renault were among manufacturers that halted production at their factories in India as monsoon rains lashed the southern city of Chennai, flooding many neighborhoods and disrupting public transport....
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Ford, BMW, Renault halt output as floods hit India production hub

Dec. 1, 2015 13:00 CET

Ford, BMW and Renault were among automakers that halted production as monsoon rains lashed the southern Indian city of Chennai, a hub for vehicle production, flooding many neighborhoods and disrupting public transport....
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Toyota monitoring suppliers to ensure disaster readiness

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

When Hurricane Patricia slammed into Mexico last month, it offered Toyota Motor Corp. an opportunity to test its supplier monitoring system....
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RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: Haunting memories of another terrorist attack in Paris

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Paris was rocked by an act of terrorism in 1986 when radical leftists shot and killed Renault President Georges Besse outside his home. There had been a wave of terrorism in Europe, much like today....
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Tata Motors posts surprise loss on China slump, blast costs

8:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2015

A slump in China sales at Jaguar Land Rover amid a market slowdown and a one-time expense contributed to its Indian parent Tata Motors posting an unexpected loss....
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Automakers' Mexico plants were spared as Patricia weakened

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Automakers with plants in Mexico are breathing a sigh of relief after Hurricane Patricia, at one point the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, passed through the country with only minimal effects on production and logistics....
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Automakers with Mexico plants monitor 'strongest ever' hurricane's path

3:48 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2015

Automakers with Mexico assembly plants are monitoring the path of Hurricane Patricia -- the “strongest ever” hurricane on record -- as it made landfall Friday night near Manzanillo on Mexico's west coast. But with mountainous terrain sheltering inland regions, the industry is expecting only a minimal impact on production and logistics....
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Opel/Vauxhall may recall some Zafiras on fire risk

Oct. 22, 2015 14:48 CET

Opel/Vauxhall says it may need to recall some right-hand-drive Zafira minivans built between 2005 and 2014 after reports of fires in some heating and ventilation systems....
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Toyota will recall 6.5 million vehicles for potential fire risk

Oct. 21, 2015 11:49 CET

Toyota will recall about 6.5 million vehicles worldwide to fix power-window switches that may short circuit and potentially lead to a fire. The recalled models include the Yaris/Vitz, Corolla, Camry, RAV4 and Scion xB....
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Daimler bows to pressure on new refrigerant

Oct. 20, 2015 15:19 CET

Daimler's Mercedes cars division will use the air conditioning refrigerant R1234yf, which it had previously refused to adopt, citing safety risks....
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Jaguar Land Rover says Tianjin blast to hit Q2 earnings

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover said its fiscal second-quarter financial results will be affected by a blast at the Chinese port of Tianjin in August that destroyed or damaged many of the 5,800 vehicles the company had at the site....
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S.C. dealerships, factories begin recovering from floods

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

The rain has stopped, but South Carolina’s dealerships and residents are still on alert and recovering from the massive floods that have wreaked havoc on much of the state....
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South Carolina dealers grapple with floods; BMW still producing

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

South Carolina auto dealers and BMW's U.S. plant are digging out and adjusting after more than 2 feet of rain have fallen over the last three days in some parts of the state, leading to catastrophic flooding....
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Devastation and determination: Memories of Katrina

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Mike Browning, the newly installed president of the National Auto Auction Association, recalls heartbreaking and heartwarming moments following Hurricane Katrina. Browning was the general manager of Manheim New Orleans when the storm hit in August 2005....
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REMEMBERING KATRINA

New Orleans dealers recall aftermath of the storm

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2015

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast, killed at least 1,000 people in Louisiana and turned New Orleans into a vast flood zone. A pair of New Orleans-area dealers recall the aftermath of the storm and how it changed their business....
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Subaru sees no immediate return to Tianjin port after blast

10:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries said today that it will keep diverting car exports from Tianjin to Shanghai for now because its Tianjin operations have yet to return to normal after explosions in the Chinese port city this month....
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Toyota poised to restart production at China plant

10:22 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Toyota said it will restart work today at China plants that were shut after explosions in the city of Tianjin. Workers at two lines in the Tianjin Economic Technological Development Area were expected to return today and start preparation to begin production on Friday, Toyota said in an e-mailed statement....
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