On Monday, with Hurricane Sandy fast approaching, Wards Auto published a report speculating on how the storm might effect the auto industry. In a general sense, it was predicted that plants in or near the storm's path could shut down as a precautionary measure. With Sandy now having made landfall as a superstorm, it appears several production facilities were right in her path.

Two plants in Maryland that most certainly ceased production during the storm were a General Motors powertrain facility that builds heavy duty truck and SUV transmissions, while the other is a Volvo plant that produces Volvo and Mack truck engines. The Swedish concern also has a Mack truck plant in Pennsylvania which is currently experiencing heavy rains and flooding.

Plants located in Virginia and West Virginia are currently being blanketed by heavy snows and more than 128,000 homes are without power. A blizzard warning has been issued in West Virginia, Ohio and Michigan, both home to many automotive production facilities, are also in the midst of heavy snow and rain. It will be unclear just how extensive the impact is on automotive production until the storm and its aftereffects have passed.

Depending on Sandy's path, plants in Ontario, Canada and upstate New York could still be effected, though it is suspected the largest hit on the auto industry could be a drop in sales. The Wards Auto report suggest that October's industry sales could be 200,000 to 300,000 units less than expectations. With the storm still making its way through the Appalachian region and much of the Northeast, only time will tell the true effect on the auto industry.


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      DDD
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm from Europe, but I have seen pictures of the destruction that the storm has caused on the eastern coast. Terrible , chilling... I feel sad to hear that there are human lives lost. Wish you a speedy recovery and best of luck. But I also have a question regarding the automobile world. In the photos, I have seen a lot of cars left in the streets and flooded. Does having some sort of full insurance (in the USA) cover the damages that a natural disaster made on a vehicle?
      John Hughan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, AB is seriously now deleting comments that call their writers out on improper word usage issues in their articles (in this case "effect" vs "affect") -- and without even fixing the issues?? I get that in this type of story there are more important things to focus on, but that doesn't mean that proper writing can't still be expected, or at the very least errors corrected when they're mentioned.
      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Canada and upstate New York could still be effected," Wouldn't the correct word be "affected"? Just wondering....
      Bobby_Sards
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow I have never seen such a big deal made about a hurricane. damn CNN
        rllama
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby_Sards
        right - no big deal. just the biggest hurricane to hit the mainland north of the carolinas. Just the first time the stock market has closed two straight days due to weather since the 19th century. Just a total flood of lower manhatten and the subway system. Just a complete flood of atlantic city. And a rare weather phenomenon not seen in 30 years (the way the hurricane combined with on-shore storm systems). Just two days of campaign events canceled due to the storm. 35 dead, millions without powers, tens of thousands homeless. What exactly would be news worth making a big deal over in your opinion?
      NissanGTR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yawn. I deal with this every year in Florida. Its just wind and water. This is being blown way out of proportion.
        zizixx89
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NissanGTR
        get ran over by a nissan just for saying that
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        @NissanGTR
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      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      None...It's 60MPH winds and some water, whoop-de-doop, we had 150+MPH winds back with Hurricane Andrew in Miami, and we all made it.
        zizixx89
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        you sound stupid. first of all the northeast isnt hurricane proof
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is truly a devastating hurricane. Think about this, New York City is an Island, there is practically no escape. Could you imagine being stuck with the bridges and tunnels shut down. No transit system working and no way out? New York City needs to be better prepared for natural disasters. Their only plan was to keep people in curtain areas where causalities can take place. They should have evacuated period. They had days ahead to plan. Way to go New York Leadership. I guess money is the main priority and not the people/tourists who actually generate the income. Thumbs up Bloomberg. No actually, Thumbs down.
        Just Stuff
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        Nobody forced them to stay there, like you said, they had days ahead.
          NY EVO X MR GUY
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Just Stuff
          You can force an evacuation with the help of the coast guard. This was still poorly executed. Sometimes you cannot have a corporate figure in a community setting. This is a perfect example of leadership failure.
      caddy-v
      • 2 Years Ago
      Far less of an impact on the US economy than if Obama is re elected.
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      John Hughan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog, Please teach your writers the difference between "effect" and "affect". It's not difficult.
      jaanfo33
      • 2 Years Ago
      They were affected by the effects....
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