Tornadoes are wreaking havoc in the southern United States, causing Mercedes-Benz and Toyota to put the brakes on production at each of their respective Alabama manufacturing facilities. Mercedes-Benz builds GL-Class, M-Class and R-Class vehicles in Tuscaloosa, while Toyota's Huntsville plant produces V6 and V8 engines for the Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks and the Sequoia sport utility vehicle.

Both facilities are closed at the moment, and power outages are affecting many areas in the South. Reps for Toyota and Mercedes have stated that their plants will remain closed through the weekend.

[Source: Automotive News | Image: Butch Dill/AP]


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      waetherman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mother Earth is having her revenge against car companies these last couple months. What's next, blizzards in Torino?
        Rick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        Toyota can't catch a break lately. Still, I'm saddened by the loss of life during these storms.
      Alluster83
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, less cars for Toyota to recall. So its not all bad news. However its bad news for GM when they inevitably take the sales crown this year. GM will get no credit for topping sales this year, though they would have done so earthquake or not. TM was only 28,000 cars ahead of GM last year. GM was already gaining in 4Q 2010 with 100,000K more sales. For the first two months(Jan-Feb) of this year, GM sold 100,000 more cars globally than TM. GM outsold Toyota by ~200,000 units in the last 6 months excluding March ’11. Include March and the figure jumps to 312,000. GM’s growth is outpacing Toyota’s in the two largest car markets China, and US. Also, Japanese auto sales were way down pre-quake due to the govt subsidies ending. GM had no presence in Japan to be affected.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alluster83
        WRT GM taking the sales crown...a win is a win. Just like the steroid/I mean home run king...people may remember the asterisk but they also remember an effing whanking 73 homeruns in one year. It's still, ummm, WINNING!
          sysadm1n
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          Fanboism: confirmed.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SloopJohnB
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          • 3 Years Ago
          @SloopJohnB
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        Alluster83
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alluster83
        100K more in the 4Q, not 100000K!
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gee...a few thousand fewer gigonda expensive SUVs and pickup trucks on the road. Whassup wit dat?
      longducdong
      • 3 Years Ago
      Guys, I dont think its quite right to be poking fun at Tuscaloosa, do you?!?!
        Jim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @longducdong
        If you're talking about the "Tuscaloosa Tornado" comment, it was light-hearted...I think it's fine. Now if they were degrading the fine folks of that town, then yeah I'd be in your corner.
        Agilis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @longducdong
        I don't think that qualifies as making fun. I think it's both weird & cool that the car could drive out under it's own power,
        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @longducdong
        Sorry, I'm not trying to poke fun at Tuscaloosa, just found that weird news story. A college student from here in Dallas (Ashley Harrison) was killed in Tuscaloosa, and she was her parents' only child. I live in the heart of tornado alley, and the town I live in has been hit three times, causing varying amounts of damage, since 1993. I'm saddened by the loss of life in Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi. The same storm system came through our area the day before, bringing four F0 and F1 tornadoes (my house got hailed on), but thankfully we were spared what the Southeast got. BTW, next Tuesday is the 12th anniversary of the Oklahoma City F5 that killed 48 people. We drove through there two months later, and I was amazed at the damage there. Sadly, three people found out the hard way that even hiding under an overpass won't protect you from a tornado.
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Even a tornado can't make Toyota exciting...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex
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        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex
        Sure it can. Toyota is renaming it's Sequoia "Earthquake Edition" and the Tundra will henceforth be known as the "Tuscaloosa Tornado". Well, that is unless Tuscaloosa Tornado is trademarked by some Jerry Lee Lewis wannabe....
      avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sad.
      joe shmoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      recalls, earthquake, and tornadoes. the devil is determined to bring toyota down.
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