AutoNation celebrates 11 million vehicles sold with van donations

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - 

In celebration of reaching a record-breaking 11 million vehicles sold, AutoNation announced that it will donate four Chrysler ProMaster passenger vans to community partners who work to fight cancer.

“AutoNation is the first and only retailer in the history of the automotive industry to reach this milestone,” the retailer said.

On Friday, AutoNation announced it gave away its first van to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. The center is ranked No. 6 on U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals for Cancer list.

AutoNation said it will donate the other three vehicles to the Nevada Children's Cancer Fund in Las Vegas, Brent's Place in Denver and the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery of South Florida.

In 2013, after recognizing the impact that cancer has on its customers and associates, AutoNation directed all of its charitable efforts to support cancer-related organizations, according to the retailer.  

AutoNation said it has committed and raised nearly $11 million to fight cancer.

Additionally, the retailer announced that it will also be surprising one customer in 11 of its markets by releasing them from their contracts and handing them the keys to their vehicles, payment free.

"The extraordinary accomplishment of being the first automotive company to sell 11 million vehicles is an opportunity to show our appreciation to those who work hard every day in the fight against cancer and to our customers who have made this historic moment possible," AutoNation chairman and chief executive officer Mike Jackson said in a news release.

In recognition of both its commitment to community well-being and its fight against cancer, AutoNation was recently named one of the nation’s top 100 Corporate Citizens by Forbes Magazine and Just Capital, according to the retailer. 

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