Automakers, suppliers, dealers give to relief efforts

Automakers, suppliers and dealer groups have responded to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by donating nearly $30 million to relief efforts. Much of it has been earmarked for the Red Cross. Some of it has a more specific purpose, such as DaimlerChrysler's $10 million donation for children who lost parents.

An e-mail message that circulated through auto industry computers across the nation last week took some import-brand automakers to task for failing to give. That list, purportedly drawn from Web sites, did not include many companies that are donating.

Contribution highlights


Audi of America Inc.


BMW AG's U.S. group

$1 million; $30,000 from BMW Manufacturing Corp.; 10 X5s, 100 police motorcycles

DaimlerChrysler AG

$10 million; established fund for employee, supplier and dealer contributions; shelter tents for victims, vehicles for NYPD

DaimlerChrysler AG and the UAW

$1 million

Ford Motor Co.

$1 million, matching employee contributions; 10 Excursions for NYFD; vehicles for victims' families, rescue efforts; use of office space and equipment

Ford and the UAW

$1 million

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.

$500,000; 500 generators for rescue efforts

General Motors

$1 million, matching employee contributions; use of vehicles for cleanup efforts

American Honda

$1.5 million, matching employee donations; vehicles, generators

Hyundai Motor Co. (includes Kia)


Isuzu America Inc.


Mitsubishi International Corp.

$1 million

Nissan North America

Matching employee donations; $1 million

Toyota Motor Corp.

$1 million; created fund for dealer and employee contributions, matching employee contributions

Volkswagen of America Inc.

$2 million; 25 EuroVans


Bridgestone Corp.

$1 million

Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. - $100,000

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

$1 million

Johnson Controls Inc.

$1 million

Group Michelin

$1 million

Michelin North America - $250,000 worth of tires

Siemens Corp.

$3.5 million and matching employee contributions

ThyssenKrupp USA Inc.

$1 million

Yokohama Rubber Co.


ZF Group


Dealer groups

Asbury Automotive Group.


Lithia Motors Inc.


Detroit Auto Dealers Association

Seeking $200,000 in dealer donations

Greater New York Auto Dealers Association


New York Ford Dealer Advertising Fund and Ford Division


VW, Audi dealers in U.S. and Canada

$2 million



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