More Than 100 Vehicles, 15 Manufacturers, Head to Sonoma for 2003 Challenge Bibendum(TM)
GREENVILLE, S.C., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- One week from tomorrow, more than 100 of the cleanest running advanced technology vehicles on the planet will roll into Sonoma, Calif., to kick off Michelin's fifth annual environmental vehicle competition, Challenge Bibendum(TM). The event, centered at Sonoma's Infineon Raceway, will run Sept. 23-25, and will feature environmentally positive vehicles from the world's major automakers. This is only the second time that Challenge Bibendum has visited North America.
The 2003 Challenge Bibendum is the largest ever. Participating automakers include: Audi, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Freightliner, General Motors, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu Truck, Nissan, Peugeot, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo, and Volvo Truck. Some of the most advanced vehicles in the world will be joined by more than 35 Learning Center technology displays, top industry speakers from Europe, China and the United States, as well as more than 1,000 attendees from 30 countries.
Participants include: 11 fuel cell vehicles, 18 hydrogen powered vehicles and an even split between prototypes and production models.
"The 2003 Challenge Bibendum will be incredible," said Ron Musgnug, Michelin's North American project leader for the 2003 event. "The participation from the manufacturers, policymakers and leading technology developers from around the world has been phenomenal. Attendees to this year's event are sure to get a complete picture of the current situation and future promise for sustainable mobility worldwide as well as drive for themselves some of the most advanced vehicles in existence."
The official kickoff for Challenge Bibendum will be on Sonoma Square, Sept. 23. Testing, press conferences, presentations, information booths and ride 'n' drives take place at the track on Sept. 24. The event culminates on Sept. 25 with a 100-mile road rally through the Sonoma Valley and across the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.
2003 Challenge Bibendum Registered Participants: AC Propulsion 2003 AC Propulsion tzero Electric Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid American Biofuels Chevrolet Geo Metro Bio-diesel Chevrolet Geo Metro Bio-diesel American Honda 2003 ACURA MDX Touring ICE / Gasoline 2003 HONDA ACCORD EX ICE / Gasoline 2003 HONDA CIVIC GX ICE CNG 2003 HONDA CIVIC HYBRID CVT Hybrid Gasoline Electric 2003 HONDA ELEMENT 2 WD EX ICE / Gasoline 2003 HONDA FCX Fuel Cell Gaseous Hydrogen 2003 HONDA Insight Hybrid Gasoline Electric Anuvu Suzuki Esteem Hybrid Gaseous Hydrogen Audi 2003 Audi A8 4.0 TDI quattro ICE / Diesel DaimlerChrysler 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Bio-diesel 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Bio-diesel 2004 Chrysler Voyager Bio-diesel 2004 Chrysler Voyager Bio-diesel 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Bio-diesel 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Bio-diesel 2002 Mercedes-Benz F-Cell A-Class Fuel Cell / Gaseous Hydrogen Mercedes-Benz Citaro Fuel Cell / Gaseous Hydrogen Coqueline Courreges 2002 Courreges La Bulle r Electric Ebus Inc. 2003 Ebus Vintage Trolley Electric Motor ECD Ovonics 2003 Toyota Prius ICE / Gaseous Hydrogen Fairfield-Suisun United School District 2002 International School Bus ICE / Diesel Ford Motor Company 2003 Ford Focus FCV Fuel Cell / Gaseous Hydrogen 2003 Ford Focus FCV Fuel Cell / Gaseous Hydrogen 2003 Ford Focus H2ICE ICE Gaseous Hydrogen 2003 Ford Focus H2RV Hybrid / Gaseous Hydrogen 2003 Ford MY E-350 Wagon CNG Freightliner LLC 2000 Century Class Day Cab Diesel Freightliner LLC Century S/T Diesel General Motors 2000 Chevrolet Malibu ICE / Gasoline Chevrolet S10-Pick-up Truck Electric 2002 FIAT STILO ICE / Diesel 2002 GM Hy-Wire Fuel Cell / Gaseous Hydrogen 2003 GMC SIERRA Hybrid Electric 2001 GMC Sierra ICE / Gasoline 2002 GMC Yukon ICE / Ethanol (E85) 2002 Opel Zafira Fuel Cell Liquid Hydrogen 2003 Saturn VUE ICE / Gasoline 2003 Saturn VUE ICE / Gasoline 2001 Gillig Standard Floor 40' Hybrid Electric Harris Ranch Feeding Company 2000 Freightliner 3-Axle Tractor/Trailer Liquid Natural Gas Hyundai 2001 Santa Fe FCEV Fuel Cell / Gaseous Hydrogen 2002 Santa Fe FCHEV Fuel Cell Gaseous Hydrogen Intergalactic Hydrogen/Institute of Ecolonomics Toyota Tacoma ICE / Gaseous Hydrogen Isuzu Motors Inc. and Westport Innovations Inc. 2003 Isuzu Motors Ltd. Elf CNG-DI Compressed Natural Gas Michigan Tech Future Truck 2002 Ford Hybrid Explorer Hybrid Electric Napa Valley School District Blue Bird Electric Transit School Bus Electric Motor Nissan North America 2004 Nissan Altima Gasoline 2002 Nissan Hypermini Electric Motor (6 cars) 2004 Nissan Murano Gasoline 2004 Nissan Murano Gasoline 2004 Nissan Sentra Gasoline 2004 Nissan Sentra Gasoline Nissan Xterra FCV Hybrid / Gaseous Hydrogen Norcal Sanitary Fill/Cummins Westport Inc. 2001 Peterbilt 378 Daycab Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) Pacific Gas & Electric 2001 Freightliner Fl 70 Compressed Natural Gas PETER SARGEANT NG TF LPG/ Propane Robert Bosch Corp. 2004 Audi A8 TDI quattro ICE / Diesel 2003 BMW 330d ICE / Diesel 2004 BMW 530d ICE / Diesel 2003 BMW 740d ICE / Diesel 2003 BMW X5 3.0d ICE / Diesel 2003 Mercedes E 320d ICE / Diesel 2003 Mini ONE D ICE / Diesel 2001 Peugeot 607 Hdi ICE / Diesel 2003 Volkswagen Passat TDI 4motion ICE / Diesel 2003 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI ICE / Diesel 2002 Volvo S80 D5 ICE / Diesel 2003 Volvo XC90 D5 ICE / Diesel SAM 2001 Ford Crown Victoria LPG/ Propane SoMo Solar Motions SoMo Electric The Ecological Engine Company 2000 Westfield Seight LPG/ Propane LTI Fairway Driver LPG/ Propane Thor/ISE Fuel Cell Bus 2001 ElDorado EZ Rider Low Floor Hybrid/ Gaseous Hydrogen Toyota 2004 Lexus RX 330 ICE / Gasoline 2004 Toyota Camry PZEV ICE / Gasoline 2003 Toyota FCHV Fuel Cell/ Gaseous Hydrogen 2003 Toyota FCHV Fuel Cell/ Gaseous Hydrogen 2004 Toyota Prius Hybrid 2003 Toyota Prius Hybrid 2004 Toyota Sienna ICE / Gasoline U.S. EPA 2003 Ford F550 Hybrid / Diesel UC Davis HEV Center 2000 Chevrolet Suburban Hybrid / Gasoline 2002 Ford Explorer Hybrid / Ethanol (E85) Ford Taurus Hybrid / Electricity Mercury Sable Hybrid / Electricity University of Wisconsin 2002 Ford Explorer Hybrid / Bio-diesel Mercury Sable Hybrid / Bio-diesel Volvo Cars 2003 Volvo S60 PZEV ICE / Gasoline 2002 Volvo S80 CNG Bifuel Compressed Natural Gas 2002 Volvo V70 CNG Bi-Fuel Compressed Natural Gas 2004 Volvo V70 PZEV ICE / Gasoline 2003 Volvo V70 PZEV Wagon ICE / Gasoline 2004 Volvo S60 PZEV ICE / Gasoline Volvo Trucks North America 2002 Volvo VNM ICE / Diesel 2003 Volvo VN780 Tech Truck ICE / Diesel ZAP 2004 Zap Heibao HV Electric Motor 2003 Zap LUV Electric Motor
For more information visit the Challenge Bibendum website at www.challengebibendum.com.
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Source: Michelin Challenge Bibendum
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