The U.S. Big Three automakers lost 305 hours of production, or 16,259 cars and trucks, because of Hurricane Floyd's assault on the eastern seaboard, Ward's estimates. North Carolina, the state hardest hit by the storm and home to a Ford Motor Co. F-Series assembly plant, is reporting $1.3 billion in damages, including $144 million to its infrastructure. Flooding delayed vehicle and parts shipments, affecting assembly plants as far away as St. Louis, where DaimlerChrysler Corp.'s minivan ...

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