A video was released last week showing tractor trailers braving a flooded freeway in Louisiana to deliver their loads on time.
It wasn't crashing waves, gale-force winds or flooded streets that endangered two police officers patrolling in the aftermath of a cyclone in Australia. It was the driver of a ghost car of sorts that emerged from several feet of foamy froth on a beach and caught the two by surprise.
2011 has been a trying year for Toyota, as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the flooding in Thailand have conspired to slow vehicle production and cut into profits. Toyota lowered its profit forecast after the Japan disaster, and now Automotive News reports that the automaker is once again cutting expected profits by a significant margin.
Automotive News reports that the 2012 Honda CR-V will, in fact, launch on schedule. Honda has reportedly told its dealers that the crossover will arrive on time despite initial concerns about the impact of Thai floods on the vehicle's production. Honda had originally cautioned that the vehicle may be delayed by several weeks due to a shortage of components produced in Thailand. That crisis has apparently been avoided.
Automotive News reports that Toyota may experience production delays tied to widespread flooding in Thailand. The Japanese automaker relies on certain Thai components, including audio systems, diodes and condensers, that may see production shortages. Honda, too, has issued a statement that the rising waters are delaying production of some vehicles.
Why does widespread adoption of "green" vehicles matter? Well, according to a report released by consultancy group Mercer, along with the World Bank's International Finance Corporation, climate change will significantly impact the transportation, construction, and manufacturing industries over the course of the next 20 years. In fact, the report states that damages caused by climate change could cost over $8 trillion by 2030. We know that "green" vehicles won't curb climate change by themselves,
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