Members of Ford Motor Co.'s amateur radio club demonstrated the sun's effect on radio propagation and compete in a rare science competition. Nissan employees in Tennessee created living lawn art to celebrate the sun's temporary disappearance. Mitsubishi plugged its newest crossover with a familiar and timely name.
Monday's total solar eclipse -- a rare celestial event cutting a huge swath across the United States -- prompted automakers, dealers and others to celebrate with viewing parties, products and employee appreciation events.
At its North American headquarters near Nashville, Nissan created living lawn art. During the eclipse, employees stood with glow sticks in a display more than 37,000 square feet.
The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., hosted eclipse-themed activities, including a themed sundae concocted from orange sherbet topped by mini chocolate moonpies.
Toyota Motor Corp. purchased 12,000 pairs of solar glasses so workers at its Georgetown, Ky., assembly plant, home to the Camry, could see the eclipse. Workers were allowed to step away from the line and into the darkness for the solar event.