How India's automakers have joined the fight against Coronavirus

    Published On Apr 30, 2020 07:00:00 PM

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    From financial aid to manufacturing support, India Auto Inc is putting its best foot forward in order to alleviate the hardships of the COVID-19 crisis.

    At this point, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that the Coronavirus outbreak has completely upended life as we know it. Efforts to contain the spread of the disease have almost brought commerce and industry to a grinding halt. Despite best efforts, the number of affected individuals continues to rise, exerting an unprecedented stress on the medical system.

    At a time like this, it is heartening to see that India Auto Inc has decided to step in and contribute. From extending financial aid to providing technical and manufacturing support for medical supplies and critical care equipment, numerous automakers have announced initiatives for the fight against coronavirus.

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    Here is the complete lowdown on how the automotive industry plans to support the relief efforts.

    Bajaj

    BMW

    • BMW Group India has pledged a sum of Rs 3 crore in the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic, with its employees also chipping in with voluntary contributions. The Group will aid in the creation of an isolation ward for patients at the Government General Hospital in Chengalpattu, near its Chennai plant. The company will provide critical care equipment to medical facilities and personal protective equipment (PPE) to medical personnel and law enforcement agencies in Delhi-NCR and Chennai. Moreover, BMW is also working towards providing nutrition for economically marginalised families in the two cities.

    FCA

    • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has pledged Rs 2 crore towards COVID-19 relief measures in India. As part of the efforts, FCA India Engineering is partnering with not-for-profit organisations in Chennai and Mumbai to distribute 1,500 family kits - each containing dry rations, personal hygiene essentials and PPEs for a family of four-to-five individuals - in the two cities. It will be supplying medical equipment to the Voluntary Health Services hospital in Chennai and air validation systems and medical oxygen pipeline to the Naidu hospital in Pune. Moreover, FCA employees are voluntarily making contributions from their salaries towards relief efforts.

    Hero

    Honda

    • Honda India Foundation, the CSR arm of all Honda group companies in the country, including Honda Cars India and Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, has earmarked Rs 11 crore to support relief efforts during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The organisation will extend financial aid towards Central and State governments’ relief funds in the five states where Honda manufacturing facilities are located, including Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Rajasthan. The foundation says that Honda group company associates have pledged to donate a day’s salary towards the total relief aid. Honda will also support local administration at its manufacturing locations by making available ambulances stationed at its plants and also supply food packets to the underprivileged. Besides the monetary aid, the conglomerate is supplying 2,000 units of its engine-powered high-pressure backpack sprayers to various government bodies to use for disinfectant fumigation.

    Hyundai

    • Contributing towards the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Hyundai Motor India Foundation, the automaker’s CSR arm, has brought in advanced diagnostic testing kits for COVID-19 from South Korea. The procured kits, worth Rs 4 crore and said to be capable of testing 25,000 people, have been handed over to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Commenting on the initiative, S S Kim, MD and CEO, Hyundai Motor India, said, “We will continue to monitor the situation closely and support the Indian Government with multi-layered CSR initiatives to bring back normalcy at the earliest.”

    Kia

    • As a goodwill measure, Kia Motors India, which has a manufacturing unit in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, has donated Rs 2 crore to the state’s Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

    Mahindra & Mahindra

    Maruti Suzuki

    Mercedes-Benz

    MG

    Piaggio

    • The company has extended support to approximately 1,000 migrants by providing food and shelter to stay near the Piaggio factory in Baramati. In addition, Piaggio is working with the local government hospital to build an isolation ward for those affected by COVID-19. The company has also installed a sanitisation unit at the Sassoon Government Hospital in Pune to help healthcare workers. The automaker has distributed Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for these frontline workers as well.

    Skoda-Volkswagen

    Tata

    TVS

    In addition to extending support for the medical system in the country, automakers are also providing relief to their customers by lengthening warranty and service programmes. You can read more on this and how COVID-19 has impacted the automotive world here.

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