U.S. automakers release October sales data this week. If they don’t come in to their liking, they can blame a villain everybody hates: Super Sandy. GM already took precautionary measures and told Reuters that vehicle sales in the Northeast will be hurt by the hurricane.
On top of deluged dealers up and down the East Coast comes the fact that GM’s Maryland transmission plant had to be closed on Tuesday. Not to worry: The plant is expected to reopen today.
A dealer consultant consulted by Automotive News expects a sales dip in November:
“Typically there is a sales dip the first 30 days after a hurricane. Sales levels rise to levels higher than normal 60 to 90 days after the storm, Phillips said. Despite the initial sales loss, shoppers will come back and sales will level out in the long term.”