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More Than 100 Vehicles, 15 Manufacturers, Head to Sonoma for 2003 Challenge Bibendum(TM)
Monday September 15, 2:30 pm ET

Largest Environmental Vehicle Event on the Planet Set to Begin Sept. 23

 

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.

Michelin manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and the space shuttle. The company also publishes travel guides, maps and atlases covering Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelin.com) employs 24,640 and operates 22 plants in 18 locations.

 



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