Disasters

EDITORIAL

Some lessons from Sandy can apply elsewhere

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
A year after Hurricane Sandy slammed the New Jersey-New York region, some auto dealers and other victims still haven't settled with their insurers.... Read More »

 

A year later, lessons from Sandy's fury

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2013
One year ago, as soon as Hurricane Sandy had finished beating the Atlantic coast and rolled back out to sea, car dealers across the New York-New Jersey region rushed in to take stock of the damage.... Read More »

 

Tesla grapples with PR nightmare after battery fire in U.S.

10:55 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2013
A video that went viral of a burning Tesla electric car has emerged as a public relations nightmare for the company, analysts said today, as the electric car maker lost as much as $3 billion in market value two days after the incident in Washington state.... Read More »

 

Tesla grapples with PR nightmare after battery fire in U.S.

Oct. 3, 2013 16:55 CET
A video that went viral of a burning Tesla electric car has emerged as a public relations nightmare for the company.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Colorado catastrophes force dealers to operate differently

12:27 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
Colorado dealers can't get a break from natural disasters. "It's been pretty crazy out here," says Tim Jackson, president of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association in Denver.... Read More »

 

Pigment maker's lesson from Japan quake

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2013
Remember Merck KGaA? It was the hitherto little-known supplier that torpedoed swathes of the global auto industry when the 2011 Japan earthquake slammed its paint pigment factory.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Restraint got us through recession; let's stay with it

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2013
Four years into the recovery, manufacturers are matching production to sales, limiting profit-killing incentives, not flooding the fleet market and avoiding cutthroat market-share offensives.... Read More »

 

Asimo's cousin does dangerous nuke duty in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2013
In the highly radioactive crucible of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, there are some areas too hot and hazardous for humans to venture for cleanup. So a Honda robot is giving a helping hand.... Read More »

 

Colo. dealers near fire say recovery will take time

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2013
The Colorado Springs Automobile Dealers Association and many dealers there estimate it will take four to six weeks before vehicle sales and service business return to what they were before the Black Forest fire, which started June 11.... Read More »

 

Colo. dealers near fire say sales recovery will take time

1:06 pm U.S. ET | June 21, 2013
Freedom Honda in Colorado Springs has rarely known normal. Since it opened in October 2011, the dealership has experienced two massive wildfires. While the dealership itself wasn't harmed, the community was devastated.... Read More »

 

Fond memories of the Viper as a (too) hot car

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2013
Tom Kowaleski held high-profile jobs at General Motors, BMW and Lincoln during a long career in public relations, but one special claim to fame was being present at the creation of the Dodge Viper while at Chrysler almost a quarter of a century ago. Kowaleski, in a recent blog post, recalled the first time he saw a Viper.... Read More »

 

Porsche resumes Cayenne production after floods cut supplies

June 7, 2013 06:01 CET
Porsche has resumed production of its Cayenne SUV in Leipzig, Germany, after floods in the region brought the assembly line to a standstill after water levels prevented the delivery of components manufactured in Slovakia.... Read More »

 

Porsche stops Cayenne and Panamera production as floods hit supplies

June 6, 2013 06:01 CET
Porsche stopped production at its plant in Leipzig, Germany, after floods in the region disrupted supplies. The factory builds the Cayenne SUV and Panamera sedan.... Read More »

 

Dealers join tornado relief effort

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2013
Car dealerships suffered little damage from the tornado that ravaged an Oklahoma City suburb last week. So they were able to jump into the relief effort quickly, joining automakers and aid groups to help survivors.... Read More »

 

Auto dealers escape worst of tornado's wrath

3:06 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2013
Car dealers were recovering from damage and organizing aid to survivors today after a two-mile-wide tornado ravaged an Oklahoma City suburb, but there were no reports of the massive twister directly hitting dealerships.... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan parts warehouse in India nearly destroyed by fire

May 10, 2013 06:01 CET
A major warehouse supplying parts to a Renault-Nissan plant in India was almost destroyed by fire early on Thursday, but the incident is unlikely to affect alliance operations in the country, Nissan said today.... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan parts warehouse in India nearly destroyed by fire

3:48 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2013
A major warehouse supplying parts to a Nissan-Renault alliance plant in India was almost destroyed by fire early today, a Nissan spokeswoman said, possibly affecting production at the plant that makes 400,000 vehicles a year.... Read More »

 

Dealers are unnerved by Boston bombings

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2013
The bombings in Boston left many area dealers rattled, especially those with stores near the site and those who often attend the race. But safety experts say this catastrophic event is a reminder to dealers everywhere that it is critical to have an emergency preparedness and response plan in place and tested.... Read More »

 

Dealers pitch in to help after Texas blast

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2013
The deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in the small town of West, Texas, last week damaged a nearby General Motors store and spurred local dealers to organize efforts to help heal their ravaged community.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Dealerships absorb an indirect hit when disaster strikes

7:21 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2013
This past week two catastrophic events hit communities. While no dealership employees were injured in either incident, dealers and staffers felt the impact.... Read More »

 

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