With catastrophic images and dismal updates still rolling in regularly from the Gulf Coast, auto makers say it is too early to gauge the effect Hurricane Katrina will have on the U.S. economy and vehicle sales. Furthermore, the unparalleled nature of Hurricane Katrina’s path of destruction – a decapitating blow to the U.S. transportation and oil refining networks – means its consequences are more difficult to forecast than other major storms. “Given the uncertainty that still exists ...

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