Following Chevrolet’s donation of 50 trucks to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, other car makers join in, donating funds, or offering incentives to the victims of the devastating storm. Ford, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda are the latest to announce their plans.
Toyota is being really generous, donating $1 million to the American Red Cross. Toyota and Lexus will also offer lease payment extensions, redirecting billing statements, and by arranging phone or internet payment for those affected by the storm and still suffering from having no power. “On behalf of Toyota, we express our sincere condolences to the families affected by Hurricane Sandy. Since we have operations and many dealerships in the affected regions, we felt a special responsibility to lend a hand,” CEO of Toyota North America Shigeki Terashi.
Mazda too announced a $100,000contribution to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts, plus grants to the Flemington Area Food Pantry and The Food Bank Network of Somerset County for $5,000 each. Mazda will also will assist current customers in the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy by automatically waiving late fees on MCS auto loans and lease.
Meanwhile Ford and Nissan will be offering incentives such as employee pricing or cash bonus to the victims. Ford is also launching a Disaster Relief Program, allowing qualified customers to delay one or two monthly payments and resume their regular payment schedules when their situations improve. Nissan also offers a delayed payment plan, which allows qualified customers in affected areas to postpone their payment for up to three months.