Automakers Start Thinking Green

The 2008 North American International Auto Show was a clear indicator that vehicle manufacturers -- domestic and import -- feel the general public is deeply concerned about fuel economy and vehicle emissions.

Published: 20-Jan-2008

DETROIT - The annual North American International Auto Show has always been about glitz and glamour, with an undeniable goal of helping make the Motor City and its residents feel good about the business.

For 2008, that glitz and glamour returns, but with a twist: Virtually every manufacturer debuting vehicles has inserted a "green" element.

And often in unexpected places. Ferrari, for instance, is displaying an F430 sports car that would run on ethanol. Even Hummer displayed its smallest concept model ever, the HX, powered by a V-6 engine that runs on ethanol.


The Edge crossover concept vehicle could go the first 25 or 30 miles each day on energy from the power grid.

Priced at $24,400 MSPR, the Altima Hybrid has been certified by the Internal Revenue Service as meeting the requirements for the Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit, thereby qualifying for a tax credit of $2,350.

The Small Hybrid Sports Concept is a sports car that features advanced hybrid technology - proving stylish design and driving enjoyment can be combined with low environmental impact. It was designed by Honda R and D Europe, based in Offenbach, Germany.


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