Disasters

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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Toyota poised to restart production at China plant shut in blast

6:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Toyota said it will restart work Thursday at China plants that were shut after explosions in the city of Tianjin....
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EDWARD NIEDERMEYER

China meltdown has burned global carmakers

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

When a chemical warehouse in Tianjin, China, exploded this month, destroying some 10,000 parked vehicles, cynics suggested that the disaster might actually be for the best, given the massive glut of unsold cars sitting on Chinese lots....
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Toyota extends halt in Tianjin operations through Wednesday

6:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Toyota said its operations near the Chinese port of Tianjin will remain shut at least through Wednesday due to safety concerns as fires continue to break out at the site of last week's deadly chemical explosions....
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Jaguar Land Rover assesses damage to vehicles caught in blasts at China port

Aug. 21, 2015 13:35 CET

Jaguar Land Rover owner Tata said that 'many' of the 5,800 Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles it had at Tianjin port in China were likely to have been damaged in the recent chemical explosions that killed more than a hundred people....
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Toyota extends halt in Tianjin operations on safety concerns

7:04 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

Toyota said today its operations near the Chinese port of Tianjin will remain closed at least until Sunday, extending a suspension originally set through Wednesday, due to safety concerns after last week's deadly chemical explosions in the area....
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Global automakers divert shipments from China's Tianjin port after blasts

Aug. 19, 2015 12:52 CET

BMW, Volkswagen, Toyota and Renault are among global automakers switching to ports in Shanghai and other locations from Tianjin after massive explosions last week disrupted operations indefinitely at China's largest auto import hub....
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VW says 2,700 cars damaged in China port blasts

Aug. 17, 2015 12:15 CET

VW said about 2,700 of its imported cars were damaged in last week's blasts at China's largest port for vehicle imports. Toyota said evacuation orders in the area have halted three of its production lines....
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Inferno aftermath

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Global automakers including Volkswagen, Hyundai and Toyota were scrambling last week to assess the damage from a pair of chemical explosions that ripped through the port area of Tianjin, China's largest auto import hub....
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Toyota loses China output as plants stay shut on Tianjin blasts

10:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

Toyota will lose its biggest source of car production within China for at least three days, as automakers struggle to assess the damage of last week's explosions in the port city of Tianjin....
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Toyota says more than 50 staff injured in China port explosions

6:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Toyota said today more than 50 of its employees were injured by Wednesday night's explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin that killed 56 people. Several other automakers including Volkswagen and Hyundai scrambled to assess damage to their cars and facilities at China's largest auto import hub....
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Thousands of vehicles burned in fatal blast at China port

11:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

Thousands of vehicles made by at least four automakers were destroyed by a fiery factory explosion in the Chinese city of Tianjin, Chinese media reported. About 50 deaths and 700 injuries were reported. VW, Hyundai-Kia, Renault, and Toyota all lost cars in the explosion, reports said....
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Storm blitzes Traverse City, disrupts Management Briefing Seminars

3:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

A violent summer storm blitzed through Traverse City on Sunday, knocking out power to more than 10,000 homes and numerous businesses including the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, which is hosting the 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars. The resort still was without electricity this afternoon. Generators provided limited power at the resort after the storm....
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No seat unturned in flood-damage search

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

Since torrential downpours hit Houston in late May, Bob Sluss has been extra vigilant about leaving no stone - or seat - unturned when appraising used vehicles. Sluss has seen a spike in trade-ins with water damage that was not disclosed by their owners....
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Texas floods may yield 10,000 damaged vehicles

9:54 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

As many as 10,000 vehicles may have been damaged in last month’s catastrophic Texas floods, and some could be resold out of state to unsuspecting buyers, according to a group that works to prevent insurance fraud....
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AutoNation Ford store in Bellevue, Wash., burns down

10:45 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

AutoNation Ford Bellevue in Washington state was still burning today after a fire tore through the dealership Saturday morning. The local fire department is calling it a total loss....
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Calif. dealers brace for curbs on water use

2:27 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

California's new mandatory water-use restrictions will further strain auto dealers, who have already been impacted by a four-year drought. Governor Jerry Brown issued the restrictions in an executive order on Wednesday....
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Snowbound New England dealers miss strong Feb. sales

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015

As Massachusetts recovers from 100 inches of snow in recent weeks, many dealers there are reporting weaker-than-expected February sales, operational losses and lack of space because of massive snow piles. And New England missed out on an otherwise robust month for US auto sales....
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U.S. auto sales roar toward strongest February since 2002

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015

U.S. auto sales are on pace for the best February since 2002, forecasters say, even as relentless snow slowed demand in the Northeast. February is expected to mark the 12th consecutive month of year-over-year gains for the industry. Analysts said sales have been minimally affected by rising gasoline prices and a work stoppage at West Coast ports that could reduce March inventories of some vehicles imported from Asia....
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Massive snowstorm hampers auto production, cancels shifts

11:37 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

More than 16 inches of snow pummeled parts of southeast Michigan overnight, causing some Ford, Chrysler and GM assembly plants to cancel shifts for at least part of today....
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Buffalo dealers dig out while Ford restarts stamping plant

2:44 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Auto dealers in the Buffalo region are reopening this week after digging out from the massive snowstorm that dumped up to 7 feet of snow in some areas. Meanwhile, Ford's Buffalo Stamping Plant resumed operations over the weekend after suspending operations because of impassable roads....
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Ford stamping plant operations suspended after Buffalo snowstorms

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014

After lake-effect snowstorms this week pounded upstate New York, Ford's Buffalo Stamping Plant has suspended operations until employees are able to travel to work....
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