GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 22, 2002)—The fourth Michelin Challenge Bibendum, which showcases environmentally friendly innovation in the automotive industry, will take place Sept. 22-25.
Vehicles entered in the challenge will be driven from Heidelberg, Germany, to Paris, finishing in time for the start of the Paris Auto Show. The route will include stops at the Hockenheim racing circuit in Germany and the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.
The Michelin Challenge Bibendum presents environmentally friendly innovations from vehicle manufacturers, technology developers and energy suppliers through a series of performance tests, including emissions, noise, performance, safety and design.
“It is a true challenge in every sense of the word,” a Michelin North America spokesman said. “We challenge ourselves to provide the most objective and comprehensive platform to highlight a broad range of sustainable mobility options. The manufacturers are challenged as well: to improve each year, to innovate and to create vehicles that please driving enthusiasts and address environmental concerns.”
The challenge attracts vehicles sporting a variety of power sources, including natural gas, propane, liquid natural gas, electric, hydrogen internal combustion, hydrogen gas, liquid hydrogen, diesel, gasoline and alcohol, Michelin said.
Last year's challenge, from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, attracted 51 competitors, in addition to showcase vehicles, a host of static displays, and nearly 160 journalists from 22 countries.