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Car makers help out in Sandy's wake

Chrysler and Volvo step up with vehicles and offers


AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN and ROCKLEIGH, NEW JERSEY—Chrysler and Volvo have stepped up to assist people suffering losses due to super-storm Sandy.

Chrysler Group LLC’s Ram Truck brand has donated 20 Ram 1500 Tradesman trucks and $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with relief efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

“The impact of Superstorm Sandy was widespread and the road to recovery will be long for many families,” said Neal Litvack, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “Through the generosity of its partners such as Ram and Chrysler Group, the American Red Cross is responding with shelter, food and emotional support, helping families and communities with their most critical needs now, and as they begin to move toward recovery.”

The Ram Truck brand’s donation will support the massive effort by the American Red Cross to help families and entire communities get back on their feet. On the ground, the Ram Tradesman trucks will help mobilize people and supplies for the Sandy relief efforts and will continue to benefit the organization as permanent members of the American Red Cross’ fleet of vehicles. Large relief operations are underway in New York and New Jersey, where residents felt Sandy’s biggest impact. Shelters and feeding sites are open and emergency vehicles are distributing food, water and relief supplies in these states.

“Our hearts go out to those impacted by Superstorm Sandy,” said Fred Diaz, Ram Truck president, and CEO Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico – Chrysler Group LLC. “We are inspired by their unwavering spirit in this time of adversity, and Ram is proud to support relief and recovery efforts by providing the Red Cross with a team of Ram trucks to support this critical mission.”

In an effort to assist residents of the affected areas, Volvo Cars of North America (VCNA) is offering a dedicated program for those who experienced a lost or damaged vehicle in the storm.

With this special program, eligible customers will be offered employee pricing on a new Volvo, plus an additional $1,000 to help offset costs. Anyone who lives in a FEMA-designated disaster or emergency area and can provide necessary documentation is able to claim this offer at participating Volvo retailers through Jan. 2, 2013.

For program details please visit: http://www.volvocars.com/us/sales-services/sales/offers/Pages/Hurricane-Sandy-Support.aspx.