Like many companies and individuals that decided to make a difference throughout the COVID-19 crisis, General Motors rose to the challenge by producing ventilators, face masks and other medical equipment. However, GM dealerships are also pitching in with local efforts to help out those in need during the confinement period.
General Motors Canada recently underlined how GM dealers are contributing in Quebec, the Canadian province in which the coronavirus has hit the hardest so far. Some dealers have provided vehicles to help cope with the huge increase in home deliveries, including Dubois Méthot Chevrolet Buick GMC in Victoriaville. The dealer allocated three GMC Savana cargo vans to support its surrounding grocery stores. Meanwhile, Paillé Chevrolet Buick GMC in Berthierville handed out ten Savana vans to local grocery stores and pharmacies, and Racine Chevrolet Buick GMC in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu provided a Chevrolet Orlando courtesy vehicle to its local food mart as well.
As senior citizens are most vulnerable to the nasty virus, they are staying at home, but still need medication for other health issues. GM dealerships in Quebec are helping them too, with Marquis Chevrolet Buick GMC in Matane providing two Chevrolet Bolt EVs and an all-new Buick Encore GX to local pharmacies for home deliveries. In the same vein, Dallaire Chevrolet Buick GMC in Lac-Mégantic handed out a Chevrolet Sonic courtesy car to a nearby pharmacy, while Germain Chevrolet Buick GMC in Saint-Raymond lent a Chevrolet Spark to support the rise in home deliveries of medication and other supplies.
Carmer Chevrolet Buick GMC in Chandler is contributing by lending a Buick Encore, along with other vehicles, to community volunteers who deliver home-made meals to seniors, and Gravel Chevrolet Buick GMC provided the local community center with a Chevrolet Express cargo van to deliver food to more than 180 confined families and senior citizens.
Bilodeau Chevrolet Buick GMC in Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré installed a dry steam cleaner in a GMC Savana delivery van to not only sanitize the interior of customers’ cars, but also to clean its community’s emergency vehicles as well. Last but not least, Bérubé Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC in Rivière-du-Loup is acknowledging the devotion and hard work of its community’s medical center staff by providing coffee and treats.
Aside from Quebec GM dealerships pitching in, The General’s Canadian arm has recently announced its intention to produce face masks at its Oshawa assembly plant in Ontario, which had shut down in December 2019 after manufacturing its last vehicle, a GMC Sierra pickup truck, which was subsequently raffled off for charity.
The automaker is also a partner of the Connected Futures program that will help Detroit students learn from home, while its Spring Hill plant donated $65,000 to the community through the Maury County Small Business Stabilization Fund. Down South, The General will also produce nine million face masks at GM Mexico plants, in addition to repairing ventilators at its five Brazilian factories.