Automakers around the world have not only stopped production, but have also stepped up their efforts to help front-line health care workers in an effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus,media CNET reported. Volkswagen is the latest carmaker to respond by announcing it will help make medical devices. The German company said on Friday it was working directly with fabric supplier Faurecia to make protective clothing and masks. The supplier modified its production line to produce much-needed medical equipment, and the first products will be shipped to the “earthquake” of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States: New York.
The carmaker said the first 70,000 masks and 5,000 protective clothing were ready to be released in the coming days. They will also be sent to the Javits Convention center in New York City, which has been turned into a makeshift hospital as the number of cases has risen over the past week.
Volkswagen and Faurecia said they would be able to produce 250,000 masks and 50,000 protective clothing a week after increasing production. Volkswagen has pledged to introduce more measures to help health care workers fighting the virus, and will announce more in the near future.
For customers, the brand says current customers may delay car payments by 90 days. Customers who need to buy a new car can also buy a car in 72 months with a 0-0 rate, up to 180 days without paying a down payment.