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newsrel -- New Era of Clean, Efficient Vehicles Shown at Brea Mall

Posted: 20 Oct 2008 10:15:01
Consumers have many options for clean cars. 

Release 08-95
October 20, 2008
Dimitri Stanich

New Era of Clean, Efficient Vehicles Shown at Brea Mall

BREA, Calif. - The California Air Resources Board's "Drive Clean
California Campaign" and vehicle manufacturers showcased
yesterday the latest efficient, clean technology vehicles at
Brea Mall.

The newest hybrid, compressed natural gas and super-clean
gasoline vehicles were on display. Consumers were able to
consult with experts about vehicle smog and global warming
scores, fuel economy, and state, federal and local incentives.

"California continues to lead the nation in setting automotive
emissions standards in order to protect public health and the
environment from poor air quality and global warming emissions,"
said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "The vehicles displayed today are
examples of the state's 40-year commitment to get clean vehicle
technology on the road."

Starting in 2009, new Environmental Performance Labels will be
required on all new cars sold in California. The label displays
a smog score and global warming score on a scale of 1-10, with
the highest scores indicate the cleanest vehicles.

All vehicles on display at the mall carried a smog score of 8 or
better and a global warming score of 6 or better, with a score of
10 being cleanest. The four vehicle makes and models showcased at
the event included:

    * 2009 Nissan Altima: hybrid-electric (smog score: 9 /
global warming score: 9)
    * 2008 Toyota Highlander: hybrid-electric (smog score: 8 /
global warming score: 8)
    * 2008 Volkswagen Convertible Beetle: clean gasoline (smog
score: 9 / global warming score: 6)
    * 2008 Honda Civic GX: compressed natural gas (smog score: 9
/ global warming score: 9) 

"Consumers can directly impact air quality and global warming
when purchasing a new vehicle," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols.
"Today we are able to enjoy a wide variety of clean technology
vehicle makes and models in varying price ranges that are often
more efficient than traditional cars and trucks."

To learn more about clean, advanced technology vehicles
available today, visit www.DRIVECLEAN.ca.gov.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and
protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through
effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and
considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain
health based air quality standards.


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