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"CNN Headline News did a short news listing regarding Ford and GM's contributions to the relief and recovery efforts in New York and
Washington. 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 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- Nothing despite boasting of second best sales month ever in August 2001
12. Isuzu- Nothing.
13. Mitsubishi- Nothing.
14. Nissan- Nothing.
15. Porsche- Nothing. Press release with condolences via the Porsche website.
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. Let someone know........I just did.



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I have owned more than 40 cars in my lifetime.I have had only 2 foreign cars(datsun 240 and 260Z).I believe the German and Jap cars are better engineered but after I learned the real store on what went on in the big one, WWII on what the Japs did to the American boys, I made a vow thatI would never to buy a foreign car. I also go out of my way(but difficult)to purchase electronics and other products,made in a Amercia.
 
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Well people, your talking to a 25 yr. member of the USWA. My dad was in Hawaii during WWII. Guess what I buy.
I did get that topic thru an email from a friend and it makes sence to me. They want our money and that is that. Somewhere along the line we have to look out for ourselves. Back when I was in high school I bought a VW Bug, a 1961 used and proceeded to tell my dad how much better my car was then any other American car made. After all the yelling was done I still though I knew better. LITTLE DID I KNOW AT THAT TIME IN MY LIFE. I WAS 17 YRS OLD AND IT WAS 1966.
WELL TIMES HAVE CHANGED OR MAYBE THEY HAVEN'T. But I know I have.
So, you buy what you want but in the long run your purchase DOES have an effect on All our lives.


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Those who are interested in better information should visit
www.breakthechain.org/exclusives/automakers.html

I have copied a selection below. The site posts the text given at the start of this thread, then goes on to say:

"these findings are based on hasty research and are now more than four months old. In that time, I have found some of the findings above to be inaccurate or outdated):

Audi - Audi is affiliated with Volkswagen and has contributed $100,000 to the Volkswagen Group Foundation Fund. In addition, they held an auction in Atlanta on October 5 to raise money for firefighters and their families.

BMW - According to BMW Owner's News' January issue, BMW contributed $1 million and 10 BMW X5 vehicles to the American Red Cross. They also donated 100 new motorcycles to the NYPD. In total, $2.4 million in contributions. (Thanks to Chain-Breaker Rob for the information)

Daewoo International - No statement, but I sent an e-mail inquiry on October 24. It's actually pretty hard to find an official Daewoo Motors website.

Fiat - Fiat no longer sells in the United States.

Honda (includes Acura) - Honda of America and its associates have contributed $1,549,068, the bulk of which will go to the United Way's September 11 fund. Honda also donated All-Terrain Vehicles, pumps and generators to rescue workers. This information is in a statement linked from the Honda homepage.

Hyundai Motors Group (includes Kia) - No statement, but I sent an e-mail inquiry on October 24. A representative replied on 10/25 that Hyundai and Kia have contributed $300,000 to the American Red Cross and are matching dollar-for-dollar employee donations to the NY Fire Department (more than $15,000).

Isuzu - No statement, but I sent an e-mail inquiry on October 24. I got a reply the same day from an Isuzu spokesman who admitted "because we prefer not to exploit our corporate citizenship as a marketing tool, we have not posted this information on our website." Isuzu Motors of America has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross, with its employees contributing an additional $7,000. They have also made available SUVs and specially-equipped trucks to FEMA, the Red Cross and the City of New York to use for "the duration of the search, rescue, recovery and clean-up operations."

Mitsubishi Motors - According to a statement on mitsubishimotors.com, "In the three weeks since the attacks, more than $200,000 has been raised by contributions from Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (Japan), Mitsubishi Motors companies in the United States and fundraising efforts of employees, which are continuing. These donations have been earmarked for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund." The company has also distributed information to its employees about available charitable organizations for individual contributions.

Nissan - Nissan has a pop-up statement on their website that the company, its employees and affiliates have donated $1 million to the Red Cross and the Twin Towers Fund. In addition, NissanNews.com reports the company donated $125,000 to the USO, established a Supplemental Military Pay Program to assist those called to duty, and contributed an additional $337,000 in direct and matching contributions from its employees.

Porsche - I was unable to find even the press release the author referred to. I also could not find a way to contact the company for more information, either.

Subaru - Subaru and its parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd. donated portable generators to the Red Cross, FEMA and the Salvation Army. Subaru employees have participated generously in blood drives, given personal donations and volunteered their time.

Suzuki - A statement on the Suzuki website expresses condolences and encourages visitors to donate to the American Liberty Partnership.

Toyota (includes Lexus) - In a September 28 press release, Toyota announced that in addition to $1 million in direct corporate contributions (announced on September 11), the company will match its employees' contributions to the Red Cross.

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Thank you, niteflight. I'm afraid, mwhit, that the information you quoted is another of those pieces of incorrect Internet lore out there. Here's the scoop from the Urban Legends and Folklore site at http://urbanlegends.miningco.com/library/blhoax.htm , which is the trusted site for ferreting out rumors and hoaxes:

"First off, this information is almost entirely incorrect. Most of the companies accused of making no contributions to September 11 relief efforts did, in fact, contribute money and/or material resources. In some cases the non-U.S. companies mentioned are owned by or partnered with American companies who gave generously. Directly or indirectly, every one of these auto manufacturers supported disaster relief efforts.

The flaw in that methodology is obvious. Just because reports of donations couldn't be found doesn't mean none were made. The author jumped to conclusions he or she had no justification for making."

Check out the full text of this refutation at http://urbanlegends.miningco.com/library/blautomakers.htm


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I stand corrected; I guess I should have investigated what I received before posting on this site. Sorry for the bad information.
Mike


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Don't know about the validity of this report but I will stand by the rest of what I've said. If they DID help it will be the First time in resent history that any foreign country or company has helped the good old US of A.

I don't want to start a GW thing here, just expressing my opinion.
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97 F-150 4x4
2-Seadoo Jet Skies
a dog a cat and a couple hundred fish in my pond

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