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Icepocalypse: BMW, Kia Cancel Shifts as Winter Weather Worsens

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/13/2014 Karla Sanchez

The winter weather slamming the southeast on Thursday has caused a production slowdown for BMW and Kia, as both automakers have canceled certain Thursday shifts due to a winter storm warning in effect until 6:00 p.m.

Lots of snow and ice are expected to hit the region within the timeframe, potentially causing power outages and dangerous road conditions. With that, BMW has canceled the "A" shift at its plant in Spartanburg, N.C. so that its plant workers wouldn't have to drive in the severe weather. The plant produces the X3, X5, and X6 SUVs. The company's Performance Driving School also neighbors the factory. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Also in the path of the winter storm is Kia's West Point plant in Georgia, where weather-related parts shortages have caused the company to cut the second shift short, and call off the third shift entirely yesterday. Operations went back to normal today for the first shift at 9:30, but the weather will continue to be monitored throughout the day. The plant has an annual capacity of 360,000 units, and builds the popular Optima, Sorento, and Santa Fe models.

Several other plants are still up and running in the Southeast area, but will also continue to play it by ear as the storm warning goes into effect.

Source: Kia, Automotive News (subscription required)

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