The Michelin Challenge Bibendum
is a major annual sustainable mobility event, sponsored by the French tire company Michelin
. In December 2008, Michelin announced that it was postponing the 2009 Michelin Challenge Bibendum event—scheduled for April 2009 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—until 2010, due to the economic crisis. That event ran from 30 May through 2 June 2010.
In 1998, executives at Michelin
made the decision to host an event that would showcase technological research into "clean vehicles" and allow them to be assessed in real operating conditions.
From 12–14 October, over 106 companies attended the event, with 40% coming from China. Approximately 140 vehicles were registered, ranging from passenger cars to electric bicycles and buses. Notable vehicles included the hybrid Volkswagen
“Sun Diesel” Golf IV, Ford Escape Hybrid
, Opel Zafira Hydrogen 3, Nissan X-Trail Fuel Cell Vehicle, Peugeot Quark
and the Audi A8 TDI.
The Volkswagen Mark 4 (Type 1J) was shown at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Shanghai. It was a diesel-electric hybrid called the Golf ECO.Power, which had a 76 kW 1.4L three-cylinder diesel engine with a 15 kW electric engine. The car attained a fuel consumption as low as 3.8L per 100 km (62 miles per gallon).
In the Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2006, the ZENN
received the highest overall rank in the Urban Car category. Various products and... Read More