June 16, 2006


Volvo takes gold at Michelin Challenge Bibendum

Goteborg, Sweden – Volvo’s environmental car program took sixteen gold medals at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum, more than any other passenger car manufacturer, along with eleven silver medals and one bronze medal.

The 8th Michelin Challenge Bibendum, held June 8-12 in Paris, provides political representatives, media and industrialists with impartial information on the latest technologies in the field of environmentally-friendly vehicles. Participants in the challenge competed in acceleration, braking, slalom, noise, emissions, fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions.

Volvo’s entries included its Multi-Fuel Vehicle, which runs on hythane (10 per cent hydrogen/90 per cent methane), biomethane, natural gas, E85 and gasoline. The vehicle’s emissions were low enough to earn it a gold medal in the emissions category and silver in the carbon dioxide emissions contest; the vehicle also took gold medals in acceleration, braking and noise, and silver medals in fuel efficiency and slalom.

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