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Testing times for green cars

EUROPE will host the fourth of the Michelin Challenge Bidendum that starts in Germany and finishes in Paris in September.

The annual event puts the most environmentally-friendly innovations from the world's biggest car manufacturers, technology developers and energy suppliers through a series of performance tests, emissions, noise, safety and design.

'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,' said Michael Fanning, vice-president of public relations and government affairs Michelin North America.

Last year, the event featured the largest collection of fuel cell vehicles in the world, with 10 vehicles from seven different manufacturers.

It included production and concept vehicles from Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Opel, Audi, BMW and Hyundai as well as other vehicles form independent manufacturers and universities.

German consumer association ADAC (Automobile Club of Germany) is a main partner of the event and will assist Michelin in the performance testing.

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