In addition to the natural disasters in Asia, the forces of nature also took a toll on dealers and suppliers in this country.
Fire, wind and water
Top, the showroom floor of Maroon Kia in Wayne, N.J., was covered with mud and debris after Hurricane Irene blew through town in September. When the water subsided, the used-car lot, above, was dotted with sinkholes.
After two months of record heat and no rain, wildfires roared out of control last summer in Texas. At left, smoke from wildfires billows beyond Covert Chevrolet-Buick-GMC in the town of Bastrop.
A March 2 fire destroyed a third of Magna's interior trim plant in Howell, Mich., and knocked out electricity. Working around the clock, the company rebuilt the walls and roof, repaired machinery and resumed limited production within three days.
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