Foreign carmakers have avoided donations to 9/11 Victims-Fiction!
Foreign Auto Manufacturers Are Not Donating to Victims of the Attack on America Despite Record Sales in the U.S.-Fiction!Summary of eRumor: This message says that although U.S. car manufacturers have donated generously to the victims of the Attack on America, the foreign car makers have not. Some versions of the message say the originator surfed the internet and checked out each company’s website to assemble the list. The eRumor closes with the suggestion that if you’re going to buy a car, buy American. The Truth: The donation picture could change as time goes by so these figures should not be taken as the final accounting, but they do clearly demonstrate that foreign car makers are helping the victims of 9/11. FORD Motor Company $1 million to the Red Cross. A pledge to match employee donations. $550,000 from the Ford Facilities and Dealer groups. $1 million from the UAW’s Ford National Programs unit. General Motors $1 million to the Red Cross. Sixty vehicles donated to relief effort. A pledge to match all employee donations. Daimler Chrysler $10 million to support the children of victims of the attacks. Additional fund raising among employees. Harley Davidson $1 million donation. Thirty new motorcycles for the New York police. Volkswagen $2 million to create a foundation for giving to relief activities. Twenty-five vans given to the New York Fire department. Hyundai $300,000 in donations. Audi $100,000 to New York firefighters. BMW $1 million to the American Red Cross. One-hundred motorcycles to NYPD and 10 SUVs. Daewoo Owned by General Motors, so a part of GM's activities. Fiat Partners with GM and does not sell cars in the U.S. Honda Nearly $1 million to the American Red Cross. An employee donation program. Eight ATV’s to NYPD. Twenty electrical generators to the Red Cross. Isuzu Employee and company donation program in both the U.S. and Japan. Nissan $1 million split between the Red Cross and the Twin Towers fund. Also matching employee donations. Porsche Devoting portions of funds collected from several fund-raising projects. Subaru $532,000 to the American Red Cross. Suzuki Matching employee donations. Has given 25 all-terrain vehicles and five SUVs.has donated 25 all-terrain vehicles and five four-wheel-drive SUVs, Toyota $1 million to the American Red Cross. Matching employee contributions. More than $800,000 from American affiliates. Sources: Audi America Ford Motor Company Last pdated 02/12/02
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
CNN Headline News did a short news listing regarding Ford and GM’s
contributions to the relief and recovery efforts in New York and
The findings are as follows……
1. Ford- $1 million to American Red Cross matching employee
contributions of the same number plus 10 Excursions to NY Fire Dept.
The company also offered ER response team services and office space to
displaced government employees.
2. GM- $1 million to American Red Cross matching employee contributions
of the same number and a fleet of vans, suv’s, and trucks.
3. Daimler Chrysler- $10 million to support of the children and victims
of the Sept. 11 attack.
4. Harley Davidson motorcycles- $1 million and 30 new motorcycles to
the New York Police Dept.
5. Volkswagen- Employees and management created a Sept 11 Foundation,
funded initial with $2 million, for the assistance of the children and
victims of the WTC.
6. Hyundai- $300,000 to the American Red Cross.
7. Audi- Nothing.
8. BMW- Nothing.
9. Daewoo- Nothing.
10. Fiat- Nothing.
11. Honda- Nothingdespite boasting of second best sales month ever in
12. Isuzu- Nothing.
13. Mitsubishi- Nothing.
14. Nissan- Nothing.
15. Porsche- Nothing. Press release with condolences via the Porsche
16. Subaru- Nothing.
17. Suzuki- Nothing.
18. Toyota- Nothing despite claims of high sales in July and August
2001.* Condolences posted on the website.
Whenever the time may be for you to purchase or lease a new vehicle,
keep this information in mind. You might want to give more
consideration to a car manufactured by an American-owned and/or
American based company. Apart from Hyundai and Volkswagen, the foreign
car companies contributed nothing at all to the citizens of the United
States. It’s OK for these companies to take money out of this country,
but it is apparently not acceptable to return some in a time of crisis.
I believe we should not forget things like this. Say thank you in a way
that gets their attention. Pass it on.