SOURCE: Green Car Journal

November 13, 2006 11:58 ET

Green Car Journal Bringing Advanced Vehicle Test Drives to Journalists at L.A. Auto Show

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 13, 2006 -- Journalists attending this year's Los Angeles Auto Show will be able to get important hands-on experience with many of the latest advanced technology vehicles on the road today, and others in development. Produced by the auto enthusiast magazine Green Car Journal and sponsored by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Hybrids & Green Cars/LA offers journalists an important opportunity to report first-hand what these vehicles are like to drive on public roads.

Among the many behind-the-wheel experiences available during the show's two media days, on November 29 and 30, is the first opportunity to drive Nissan's new Altima Hybrid. BMW's internal combustion Hydrogen 7 Series sedan will be available for test drives, along with four hydrogen fuel cell vehicles including GM's latest-generation Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell. The South Coast Air Quality Management District will offer drives in two hydrogen hybrids from ECD Ovonics and Quantum Technologies.

Also on hand will be the new Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid, Ford's Focus PZEV -- a gasoline vehicle that achieves the same fuel economy and emissions as most hybrids -- and the Honda Civic GX natural gas vehicle that recently became available to consumers in California and New York. Advanced diesel vehicles operating on low sulfur diesel and biodiesel fuels will also be available.

Along with media, political leaders will be able to experience the latest high-tech offerings from automakers on the event's second day. The ride-and-drive is not open to the general public, although many of these same vehicles can be seen on the show floor during the Los Angeles Auto Show's public days from December 1-10.

"This is an especially important opportunity for journalists as interest in higher fuel economy and alternative fuels is ramping up across the country," says Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal. "There's a lot of behind-the-scenes activity going on in the automakers' labs. Here, these activities will be evident in vehicles that media can drive on the streets of L.A."

A wide range of vehicles, fuels, and technologies will be available to experience first-hand, including the latest hybrids and vehicles that run on E85 ethanol, biodiesel, natural gas, hydrogen, electricity, gasoline, and low sulfur diesel fuels. Over 20 vehicles will be available to drive from BMW, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GEM, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, Nissan, Saturn, VW, and others. Further information is available to media at

Green Car Journal, the "auto enthusiast magazine of today," focuses on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and the environment. Green Car has previously produced "Automobiles and the Environment" conferences at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and has hosted advanced technology vehicle drives for others including the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Sierra Club.

Along with its award-winning print editions, Green Car Journal offers features and technical articles on its companion Green Car Journal Online, at