Faurecia workers in Mexico prepared gowns and masks destined for shipment to hospitals, including the temporary field hospital set up by the Army Corps of Engineers at New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Ford couldn't sit idly by. Honda needed to find a 'better way.' And Volkswagen realized COVID-19 had no limits. Those are a few reasons why the automakers and their employees turned on a dime to produce millions of pieces of personal protective equipment and are preparing for the second wave of the virus.
Using its expansive footprint of manufacturing plants and research centers across North America, Honda quickly sprung into action to temporarily repurpose those facilities in the fight against the coronavirus.
Led by Denso's vice president of manufacturing, an initial team at the Japanese supplier's Maryville, Tenn., plant quickly got together during the weekend of March 20 to pivot from manufacturing auto parts to personal protective equipment.
U.S. dealers and their teams stood up when times got tough during the pandemic. New York City first responders turned to Sunrise Chevrolet for 'essential' service while some Ohio residents were greeted with curbside concerts from the beds of Ricart Automotive Group pickups.
When COVID-19 dramatically curtailed activity at Volkswagen dealerships across much of the nation, it also curtailed the use of thousands of service loaner Atlas crossovers. Dealers nationwide repurposed those vehicles to help out in their local communities.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Jay Richards didn't want his 80-year-old mother out shopping for groceries. And that led the Kinsel Toyota general manager to start a free service for seniors in Beaumont, Texas.
When Hyundai Motor America and the National Salute to America's Heroes had to cancel their 2020 Air and Sea Show in Miami Beach, Fla., because of coronavirus concerns, they didn't let it stop them from giving back.
Maine dealers transform their Toyota lot into a graduation stage. A Hyundai store adds a drive-through food pantry. And a Honda employee recycles a bus shelter to fight hunger. How creativity and quick action amid the pandemic are making a big impact on communities.
Feeding those is need is a mission of Premier Automotive Group. It turned service lanes at an old dealership into a distribution site for the Food Pantry of New Orleans, and in California, a drive-through food bank has cars lining up by the hundreds.
As the virus raged and personal protective equipment seemed scarce in New York City, the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association managed to collect 650,000 face masks and 20,000 face shields for local community groups.
The charitable arm of Toyota Motor North America had championed STEM education in the U.S., but recognized that the more basic need of food assistance had quickly become a priority after COVID-19 struck.
Two industry groups, the Automotive Recyclers Association and a coalition of finance-and-insurance product companies, established COVID-19 relief fundraising efforts to offer support to their communities considered essential during the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic created an urgent need for food, cash, medical supplies, personal protective equipment and much more. Auto companies, employees, suppliers and dealers went to work to make them available.
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Disinfectant services for emergency vehicles, free oil changes for health care workers and lunches for nurses and doctors. How U.S. dealerships moved quickly to help those on the front lines of the coronavirus fight.
When Schumacher Automotive Group in Florida had to furlough employees in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, the group made sure those employees would be taken care of. Since then, the dealership group has taken the entire local community under its wing.
Magna, Linamar and Martinrea have agreed to assist in the production of much-needed ventilators during the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. They'll work with a trio of medical suppliers. -- March 27, 2020
Island Auto Group is among a number of dealerships across the country providing essential workers vehicles during the pandemic. It's one of many ways dealers are stepping up to help their communities. -- April 26, 2020
The companies that qualified for the grants are developing a variety of products to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, such as portable vinyl partitions that separate vehicle occupants. -- May 27, 2020
Even though the Virginia dealership group's sales dropped off with the pandemic, Sheehy Toyota's Fredicksburg store has spent about $30,000 on food, school equipment and summer camp for children. -- July 05, 2020