Thursday, November 08, 2007

Volkswagen gives aid to California wildfire victims

Volkswagen has announced that they have donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross in response to the California wildfires that have affected many. Volkswagen is also helping customers who have been directly affected by the fires by deffering lease payments and extending loan payments by up to 90 days. Customers will not incur any additional charges or interest during this period. In addition, any late payments by customers who were evacuated or impacted directly will be reveresed by Volkswagen. Customers affected should contact Volkswagen at (800) 428-4034. Also, Volkswagen will be replacing the HEPA smoke and pollen filters of vehicles in the affected areas.

It is good to hear that Volkswagen is helping the California wildfire victims. Press release is after the jump.

Source: Volkswagen of America; image courtesy of NASA

Volkswagen is offering financial and vehicle assistance to customers affected by the wildfires and donating $25,000 to the American Red Cross efforts

SAN DIEGO – Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced they will help those customers affected by the southern California wildfires with financial assistance and the complimentary replacement of their vehicles HEPA smoke and pollen filters. Volkswagen will also be donating $25,000 to the American Red Cross to help those affected by the wildfires.

For customers who were severely impacted with damage to or loss of their residence and/or business, Volkswagen will defer their lease payments and extend their loan payments for up to 90 days. Customers will not accrue any additional charge or loan interest for the designated period. In addition, any late payment charges for customers who were either evacuated or impacted directly will be reversed by Volkswagen. Affected customers should contact Volkswagen by calling (800) 428-4034 to speak with a representative to receive assistance.

“We at Volkswagen are sending our thoughts and prayers to those affected by the recent devastating southern California wildfires,” said Steve Mears, director, Western Region, Volkswagen of America. “We believe that when you buy a Volkswagen you get a little more than just a car, you get something extra. We provide unexpected things in times of need as a way of reinforcing that something extra.”
For over a decade, every new Volkswagen vehicle has come with a standard HEPA Smoke and Pollen filter that cleans the air passengers breathe. With the recent fires, Volkswagen wants to replace the old filters that may have absorbed the lingering smell of smoke and potentially harmful ash.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, Eos, and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at


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