Automakers make American Red Cross, other contributions to help Sandy victims

Automakers and a dealer group have committed money and other resources to help out the victims of Superstorm Sandy. BMW of North America, Mercedes-Benz U.S.A. and Toyota Motor Corporation have both reportedly donated $1 million each to the American Red Cross to help with rescue and upkeep efforts, while Ford's employees raised and donated $50,000.

VW Group of America also contributed $500,000. The National Automobile Dealers Association also promised $1 million as a way of starting off a national fund-raising campaign for the Emergency Relief Fund of the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, according to Autonews. The fund will be tailored to help dealership employees affected by national disasters.

Chevrolet said it has donated 50 trucks, each packing 300 OnStar calling minutes and three months of turn-by-turn navigation service for no charge. During the storm, OnStar opened up features for one million subscribers in impacted zones free of charge.

Toyota will also match any employee contributions to the American Red Cross and other non-profit organizations assisting victims on top of the $1 million.

Fisker Automotive, which saw its products take a beating from the storm, will let power utility trucks and repair crews use its Wilmington, Delaware factory as a home base to aid in their efforts.