Volkswagen Pivots Production to Aid Hospitals + Offers New Credit to Consumers
Across America and around the world, PSIA-AASI Official Automotive Partner Volkswagen has rolled out several new efforts to help customers and communities fight the coronavirus.
Last week, Volkswagen of America and fabrics supplier Faurecia announced a collaborative effort to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items, with the first batch shipped to New York City’s Javits Center and other area hospitals. Working with Volkswagen strategy and logistics, Faurecia was able to quickly convert one of its factories to begin producing tens of thousands of surgical masks and gowns.
Volkswagen of America and Volkswagen Credit also recently detailed the Community-Driven Promise program, designed to help eligible customers in the United States affected by the crisis who need financial relief. Watch this video of Volkswagen Group of America’s President and CEO, Scott Keogh, talk about how they are they are supporting New York medical workers.
“We have a commitment to help our customers, our dealers, our employees and our communities in a time of crisis,” said Keogh. “Volkswagen is proud to have partners like Faurecia willing to step outside their usual scope and drive something bigger.”
Through quick work with Volkswagen experts, plus an initial order of 70,000 masks and 5,000 gowns, Faurecia was able to pivot its processes and immediately begin production at one of its facilities. The company is now able to make an estimated 250,000 masks and 50,000 gowns per week. Volkswagen donated the first run of Faurecia-produced surgical masks and gowns to New York State’s COVID-19 response efforts. The shipment of 75,000 units arrived at the end of last week, to be distributed at area hospitals including the temporary hospital at New York City’s Javits Center.
On the U.S. customer side, new buyers who use Volkswagen Credit also have the option of delaying their first payment for up to 180 days, combined with zero-percent APR financing for up to 72 months for most new vehicles. The program is set to run through April 30. Learn more.
Current PSIA-AASI members within the U.S. and their household members are eligible to receive Volkswagen Partner Program pricing. Just log into the Pro Offers page and click on the Volkswagen logo for all the details on Volkswagen of America, program pricing, rules, eligibility, vehicle parameters – and instructions for obtaining a Partner Certificate. The transaction must be completed at a participating Volkswagen dealership, and there is no limit to how many Partner Certificates can be used within a household.