• Nov 2, 2012
To help those effected by Hurricane Sandy cope with the natural disaster, automakers are stepping up in various ways. Known to us right now are contributions of aid or assistance by Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Fisker and Nissan. Toyota and Ford have opted to give in the most straightforward fashion: donations of money. Ford has announced that its own employees have collected $50,000 to donate, and Toyota has stated that it will contribute $1 million in support of relief efforts. Both companies have made these contributions to the American Red Cross.

Other automakers have opted to offer tangible, on-the-ground resources to the relief effort. GM has pledged 50 utility vehicles, including Express cargo vans, Traverse crossovers and Tahoe SUVs, to the Red Cross. The vehicles will be fitted with 200 OnStar Hands-Free calling minutes and a month of turn-by-turn navigation. GM has also donated $250,000 to the Red Cross.

Fisker Automotive has offered up its 3.2-million-square-foot Wilmington, DE facility as a staging area for rescue crews and power trucks.

For many, part the rebuilding process will be replacing their flooded vehicle(s). To that end, Nissan North America has announced that it will offer discounted pricing and financing on new cars through January 2 to help victims replace the transportation they may have lost from flood or storm damage. For current customers, Nissan is also offering payment extensions for the next three payments without fees. Ford has also just announced a similar program, offering a $500 discount on new vehicles and allowing current owners to skip a payment or two.

We are certain more automakers have/will come forward with aid similar to those efforts mentioned here. If you know of more automakers or companies in general who are helping with the relief effort, let us know in the comments.

UPDATE: BMW of North America has pledged $1 million to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief.

UPDATE 2: Mazda North America Operations has made a pledge of $100,000 to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief.

UPDATE 3: Chrysler's Ram brand of trucks is donating 20 Ram 1500 Tradesman trucks and $100,000 to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief.


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      Dom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Volkswagen of America donated $500,000. Why no mention of that?
      OZENSHA
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hyundai launched a $750 Bonus cash offer on new cars purchased to replace a lost vehicle and Hyundai Motor Finance launched a 90 day deferred payment plan on all new vehicles purchased through HMF with <=60 month term on their Low APR program.
      ghetto2315
      • 2 Years Ago
      Proud employee of the BMW team. As a resident of the Jersey Shore, we need all the help we can get. Thank you to the rest of the automakers for their donations.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank you Toyota. More reasons why I buy your cars. This lady couple blocks up from me her BMW was up to its doors with water. The car later then caught on fire and was a Total lost. She now has no vehicle
      VDuB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thumbs up Toyota. Japan is still struggling from the tsunami and that $1 million could've went there, but they decided to send it to the relief effort USA.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        techie69
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yeah Toyota gave money from their coffers like they always do, Ford went peddling to their employees to call it their own corporate donation.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @techie69
          Ford has been partnered with the Red Cross for 30 years, they already make an annual donation.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        Actually, it doesn't. Nice try at trolling though. Next question.
      John Hughan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome story and great to know. But Mr. George Kennedy, please PLEASE go learn the difference between "effect" and "affect". The previous article where I noticed mistakes of this kind was also one of yours. It's not a difficult distinction to learn and master, but getting it wrong really damages others' perception of your writing. The "effected" in the first paragraph of this article should be "affected".
      Jason Alan Sipes
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of Jalopnik's pictures show a Raptor did Ford donate any to the relief effort?
      Beto_Escoto
      • 2 Years Ago
      anyone else wondering what car is that???
      Nathan Loiselle
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it me or does Fisker seem to be the only one not trying to turn this into a profitable venture?
        john92lx91gls
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nathan Loiselle
        Talk about kicking a gift horse in the mouth! What is wrong with what GM is doing? They donated money and vehicles, how is that profitable? In defense of Nissan and Ford, offering discounts and differed payments without fees probably cuts into the profit they'd make off the given vehicle anyway, not to mention helping those out who need a new car quickly and don't want to take a chance on a (possibly flooded or overpriced) used car.
      GreenN_Gold
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just sent my college transcript to Trump, I'm hoping he donates a few million on my behalf.
      skurtis
      • 2 Years Ago
      And Mercedes-Benz contributed $1,000,000 to the Red Cross.
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