How the automakers are helping with Hurricane Sandy relief [UPDATE]
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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