Updated On: 21 May 2021 Shakti Nath Jha
The novel coronavirus which originally originated in Wuhan, China back in December 2019, is now again taking a raging form in India and is spreading at a rapid rate. Currently, India is battling against the deadly second wave of the pandemic. Hitherto, more than 2.6 crore people have been infected by this virus with more than 2.9 lakh death tolls in the country. Fret not, in this article, we aren't going to scare you with these numbers, instead, will share some positive news. In this article, we are going to tell you what the automakers are currently doing in the COVID-19 pandemic to help us.
Four-wheeler OEMs - Most of the car manufacturers have extended the warranty period on their cars and some OEMs are even offering roadside assistance service in these tough times to help their customers. The OEMs like Maruti Suzuki, Volkswagen India, Audi India, Mercedes-Benz India and Tata Motors have extended warranty and periodic free service schedules for their customers up to June 30, 2021. It needs to be mentioned that Tata Motors was the first carmaker to announce such an extension. Also, OEMs like Renault India, Hyundai, Kia India, MG Motor India, etc. are providing even more peace of mind to their customers by extending the warranty and these services up to July 31, 2021.
Two-wheeler OEMs - Just like the carmakers, the two-wheeler makers are also passing on the benefits to their customers. Some major two-wheeler manufacturers like Hero MotoCorp, KTM India, Bajaj Auto, and Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Private Limited have announced an extension of warranty and free vehicle service benefits till July 31, 2021, across all the dealership networks in India. Yamaha Motor India has also extended the service and warranty services till June 30, 2021. We are sure soon some more automakers will join the bandwagon of warranty extension in India.
Some automakers are also trying to do their bit of helping people in these tough times by contributing a handsome amount of money to the state or central government or even by partnering with some NGOs. For instance, Kia India recently donated 5 Crore rupees to Andhra Pradesh Government. Hyundai India also donated 5 Crore rupees to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's public relief fund to battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Hyundai also announced a Rs 20 Crore COVID-19 package and this fund will be used for various purposes which also includes making hospitals self-sufficient in medical oxygen. Maruti Suzuki and MG Motor India have also set up oxygen manufacturing units in their car manufacturing plants. A lot of other automakers are also trying to help people in one way or the other.
Recently the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways - Shri Nitin Gadkari Ji requested MG Motor India to deploy 100 MG Hector ambulances equipped with life-saving systems for Nagpur and Vidarbha. The company promptly delivered eight retrofitted MG Hector ambulances to Nagpur local authorities and the remaining units will be provided at the earliest. The MG Hector ambulance features all sorts of first-aid kits and life-saving medical equipment such as an imported auto-loading stretcher, an oxygen supply system with a cylinder to provide emergency assistance, etc. It also comes fitted with a jump seat for an attendant, a medicine cabinet with a five-parameter monitor, an inverter with battery and sockets and much more.
So, now you know what the Automakers are doing in COVID-19 Pandemic to help us. Almost all the car and two-wheeler manufacturers are helping the local authorities, government and common people to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. What are your thoughts on this kind and noble gesture by the automakers? Do feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with all of us in the comments section below. You can also join our 91Wheels Auto Enthusiast Telegram group (click via mobile to join) curated exclusively for the fans, enthusiasts and owners. Further, subscribe to our YouTube channel for more such amazing motoring updates.