BEN charity given new Chevrolet Orlando

BEN, which helps people, and their relatives, who have worked in the automotive industry, will use the Chevrolet Orlando for six months as part of a loan.

The new 2011 Chevrolet Orlando will be delivered to the Southport care centre in the North West, where it will be used to help residents travel to the shops, appointments and even outings.

Ray Diggins, BEN’s Head of Marketing, commented: “This generous donation will make a real difference to daily life at Alexandra House, allowing residents to get out and about in style. We are immensely grateful to Chevrolet for their enthusiastic support of BEN and are looking forward to working with them on a wide range of other exciting projects.”

Chevrolet chose a 2.0-litre diesel Orlando for the loan, kitted out in LT specification level. Normally, this would cost £19,065 (including the Smokey Grey body colour) but BEN will receive the car free of charge for a six month loan.

The Orlando comes with 16" alloy wheels on the outside and a leather covered steering wheel, sound system and climate control inside. Safety features include ESC and six airbags.

Mark Terry, Managing Director of Chevrolet UK visited BEN’s head office in Ascot for the official handover. Speaking about the loan and Chevrolet’s relationship with BEN, Terry commented: “BEN is Chevrolet’s chosen industry charity and we are so pleased that we have been able to support them with a six-month loan of an Orlando."

The Chevrolet Orlando was released in the UK early in 2011. It is the first ever MPV to be released in Europe under the Chevrolet badge, and its styling is vastly different to any other people carrier on the market, looking more like an SUV.

The Chevrolet Orlando starts from £16,410 and is on sale from Chevrolet dealerships now.