Filed under: Etc. , Chrysler , Ford , GM , Honda , Toyota , Volkswagen Judging by the destruction the Oklahoma City area experienced earlier this week, residents are going to need a lot of help in coming months. Fortunately, a number of automakers – including General Motors , Ford , Chrysler , Volkswagen , Honda and Toyota – have stepped up to donate money, supplies and vehicles to aid in the recovery and rebuilding processes. Here’s a quick rundown of which automakers have pitched in and what each contributed so far: Ford Motor Company has donating $250,000 and a Transit Connect to the American Red Cross , and it will match all other donations made to the Red Cross (up to $250,000) using a special URL tied to the latter’s website (link here ). Additionally, its local Oklahoma dealers have thrown in an extra $150,000 for the United Way and the automaker will be offering an extra $500 toward the purchase of a new Ford vehicle. GM has given $50,000 and a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado to a Detroit-area charity called Forgotten Harvest , which has set up a campaign called “Help 4 Oklahoma” to bring food, medical and hygiene products to the area. Chrysler is donating $100,000 to First Response Team of America – a nonprofit that assists first responders and helps with disaster cleanup. Toyota has announced that it is donating $250,000 to restore food service to the area, small businesses revitalization and home rebuilding, and in addition to this amount, it will also be matching employee contributions. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Honda is donating generators to the Red Cross – a big advantage of having a power equipment division. Volkswagen says it made a $250,000 donation to the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity , but it isn’t clear if that was a combined donation or that much was given to each organization.
Filed under: Sedan , Hatchback , Toyota , Fiat The Fiat 500 is 139 inches of A-segment fury, with a heaping dose of cute and a dash of fuel efficiency. In fact, the manual transmission-equipped cinquecento averages 33 miles per gallon in mixed driving, which is better than most things on the road. Impressed? Toyota isn’t. The Detroit Free Press reports that the Japanese automaker told dealers at the National Automobile Dealers Association meeting in Las Vegas, NV recently that the next generation Avalon will get better fuel economy than the wee Fiat. Since the current generation Avalon is five feet longer and considerably wider than the 500, that’s an impressive claim. Heck, the Avalon is bigger than the Camry , and buyers currently have to step into a Camry Hybrid model to surpass the fuel economy numbers of the pint-sized Fiat. The sky-high fuel economy of the Avalon wasn’t the only good news Toyota delivered to dealers. The automaker reportedly informed the car-selling audience that 19 new models were coming in 2012. Next Toyota Avalon to best Fiat 500’s fuel economy?