American firms sell off special models to raise money for the disaster appeal
25 January 2010

Chrysler and General Motors will both auction off special models to raise money for survivors of the Haiti earthquake.

Chrysler CEO Olivier Francois has personally donated a special-edition 300C which features cork, bamboo and recycled materials in its interior.

See pics of the Chrysler and General Motors Haiti cars

The car has been signed by 300 celebrities including Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Morgan Freeman and Samuel L Jackson. It is expected to raise around $1 million at auction (£620,000) and funds will be donated to the American Red Cross to help in its Haiti relief efforts.

“Looking at the devastation this catastrophe has caused to an already impoverished country, there is no doubt that we have a social responsibility to assist in any way that we can,” said Francois. “This will not be the only funding we will provide to this country on behalf of the Chrysler Brand and Chrysler Group LLC. There is more to come.”

General Motors will auction off the last of 427 special-edition Chevrolet Corvette Z06 models built in 2008 in addition to a $100,000 (£62,000) donation it has already made to the American Red Cross.

The Corvette’s value will be boosted by the fact it was the final special-edition model to be made that year. All were specially numbered and received a hand-signed plaque from the Corvette plant’s general manager, who retired in 2006 after 15 years' service.

Special features include a Crystal Red Metallic Tint Coat paint job, a Stinger-style stripe on the bonnet, chrome badging and spider-style wheels. Power comes from a 498bhp 7.0-litre V8 engine.

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25 January 2010

Wow what can i say? car manufacturers have a heart after all! or is this old stock they cant sell or am i being cynical!

25 January 2010

[quote VX220EDDIE]..... [b]or is this old stock they cant sell or am i being cynical![/b][/quote]

What a ridiculous statement!.

These car companies have found a way to generate some much needed money to help those affected by a natural disaster without it costing themselves a massive amount of money that they can't afford, and straight away someone has to find a way to knock them for it.

Chrysler and GM were under no obligation to provide these cars and who cares if they are "old stock they can't sell"?, at least they're doing something to help people who have suddenly found themselves with nothing, through no fault of their own. Try thinking about that when you're sitting in your nice cosy house with the heating on, watching TV and having a drink tonight!.

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