German luxury automaker BMW AG and its South Carolina auto dealers are currently adjusting to the weather conditions in the state, where at least two feet of rain have poured during the past three-four days.
The catastrophic flooding in some parts of the state – for example in Columbia, S.C., where the Congaree River jumped 10 feet in just 12 hours according to reports – has impacted the rail transfer of completed BMW vehicles that were headed towards the Port of Charleston, with 70 percent of the assembly facility’s output headed towards export. “BMW will work closely with state authorities to asses alternative options, including movement by truck to the Port of Charleston,” commented BMW in a statement. On Monday the Daimler Vans Manufacturing unit, which handles output of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van in Ladson, S.C., near Charleston, had to be closed down. The factory was not affected by the flood waters but it had to stop its production because of the numerous road and school closures.
It’s still too early to see how auto dealers in the state were affected by the hard-hitting floods, with the storm causing at least 20 inches of rain in parts of central South Carolina since Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The rain still felt between 2 to 6 inches through Monday and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley reported that areas in the state were hit by rainfall that would be seen only once in 1,000 years. Six persons lost their lives in South Carolina, four of them due to traffic accidents.
Via Automotive News