The auto industry is joining the battle against SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.
General Motors China has donated cash and goods valued at over 2.6 million yuan, or about $314,000 at current exchange rates, to the China Charity Federation in Beijing to help the fight.
The donation includes $120,000 in cash, which will help fund the education of children of medical workers who have died fighting SARS.
The donation also includes five Chevrolet Blazer SUVs built at Jinbei GM Automotive Co., owned half by GM and half by First Auto Works-Jinbei Automotive Co. The vehicles will be used by medical workers involved in the anti-SARS campaign.
In addition, Shanghai GM Automotive Co., jointly owned with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp., recently donated 10 Buick GL8 wagons to help the anti-SARS campaign in Shanghai.
Nissan Motor Co. has donated $180,000 to the Chinese government for anti-SARS efforts. About $120,000 will go to China's ministry of health and $60,000 to the Beijing municipal government.
Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile Co., Nissan's affiliate in China, also is donating four Paladin SUVs and a bus, valued at $156,000, to local governments to aid in the battle.
Delphi China Holding Co. and its 10 ventures in China have donated $120,000 to the Red Cross Society of Shanghai and have encouraged local staff to make personal donations.