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Automakers Struggle to Deal with Winter Storms

Production levels drops as parts deliveries get delayed.

by on Feb.13, 2014

Three of Ford's plants, including the plant in Wayne, Mich., has seen production delays due to the winter storms hitting the U.S.

Winter storms are continuing to batter the auto industry as the freezing weather stalls sales and closes down assembly lines, according to executives around the industry as the latest storms swept through the South.

Companies such as Kia and Porsche were forced to shut down their offices in Atlanta when the governor of Georgia ordered schools and businesses closed ahead of this week’s storm, which paralyzed much of the Southeast.

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Mike Sprague, Kia executive vice president of sales and marketing, said this week the adverse winter weather has definitely had an impact on sales in recent weeks. It’s cut into showroom traffic, he noted. The flip side is the freeze on sales in only temporary, he said. “At some point it’s going to turn around and there is going to be a lot of pent up demand,” he added. (more…)

Preparing Cars, SUVs, and Trucks for Winter

There's more involved than checking the antifreeze...

by on Oct.20, 2009

Tire pressure drops as the temperaure declines.

Tire pressure drops as the temperature declines.

When there is a chill in the air and the baseball playoffs are snowed out, it’s time for motorists to prepare their vehicles for the upcoming cold-weather season. There are key components that frequently come to mind when thinking of winter car care such as antifreeze and the vehicle’s battery. However, there are other components that are susceptible to wear or failures when the temperature drops that are too frequently overlooked.

“Properly preparing your vehicle for upcoming winter weather is essential for safe driving and will greatly decrease the chances of your vehicle leaving you stranded in the cold,” said John Nielsen, director of AAA Approved Auto Repair and Auto Buying Services.

As motorists prepare their vehicles for winter weather, AAA offers the following list of frequently forgotten maintenance items that should be addressed:

  • Antifreeze: Antifreeze protection is the first item that comes to mind when most people think of winter vehicle maintenance. A 50/50 solution of engine coolant and water will provide the necessary antifreeze capability.