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Blizzard Jonas derails U.S auto industry

Snapshot: Manufacturing facilities had to shut down operation to ensure the safety of workers.

Natural disaster of any form wrecks havoc on people as well as business and the Jonas Blizzard is no different. U.S automobile industry is under a severe attack from the recent Jonas blizzard which also made many people stranded along side the East Coast. The weather department and emergency services kept people from leaving their houses which led to the shut down of automobile factories.

Not only the factories, but also the Washington Auto Show couldn't open due to the terrible conditions in the capital, Washington D.C. The market in U.S is heavily dependent on sales of used cars which was also severely affected. The Blizzard which started around 20th January and resulted in a state of emergency in 11 states is over around the East Coast yet the streets are jammed with snow.

Talking about the automobile industry, the manufacturers who were most affected by the storm are - General Motors, Toyota and BMW. All of them had to close their factories due to the weather. According to Automotive News, BMW cancelled the shifts on Friday and Saturday in their Spartanburg, SC plant citing safety of its workers.

Toyota, on the other hand, closed its Georgetown, KY based factory on Friday while the GM cancelled its second shift at the Bowling Green facility in KY. Showrooms for new cars and used cars saw a drop in sales alike as both the customers and the workers couldn't visit the dealers. Massive piles of snow has resulted in added work for the workers in the showrooms.

Some of the affected dealers are now offering big discounts to pull the customers at their doorsteps to make it up for the bad sales, says Automotive News. But the good news is - the blizzard has not created any long term problems for the industry and like mentioned above, East Coast is already recovering from the situation and we hope they will be back on their feet pretty soon.

Which brings us to the recent problem India faced! A similar situation arrived in India last month when a massive flood wrecked havoc in the southern city of Chennai, which houses the manufacturing facilities of most of the manufacturers. Companies like Nissan, Ford and BMW has plants there and all faced a lot of trouble during the floods.

So much so was the problem, that some of the cars standing in the facilities were destroyed to an extent that they can't be repaired back.

You can know more about the Chennai floods here!

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