Audi has announced it will pledge more than €5m (£4.4m) to help support global medical and social institutions during the coronavirus crisis.

The first of the donations, which is an additional €600,000 (£530,000), was handed over to hospitals at Audi’s home sites of Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm in Germany. Other international sites including Audi Brussels and Audi China are also supporting local medical centres by providing valuable equipment. Audi Hungary in the meantime will make a cash donation to the Gyor hospital there.

Markus Duesmann, chairman of the board of management at Audi AG said, “The corona pandemic presents extreme challenges for all of us worldwide – for us as a company and society as a whole.

“At the moment, one thing counts above all: the health of our employees, their families and society as a whole. And to protect it, we need to flatten the infection curve.”

As well as offering a financial support, Audi is looking to help mental well-being by offering an exclusive classical online concert on April 14 at 8pm, which will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube via Audi’s social media channels.

Audi is the latest of a number of automotive firms around the world coming together in the fight against the spread of Covid-19. In the UK, MG is offering NHS workers free use of up to 100 ZS EVs for six months, while Land Rover has donated a number of its new Defenders to the Red Cross.