Boucherville, Quebec – Two Honda employees have won the fourth annual Rallye Énergie Mobilité Alternative, which requires participants to drive in an allotted time while using as little fuel as possible. Maxime Caron and Marc Quirion, who work at Honda’s regional office in Quebec, drove a 2010 Honda Insight hybrid.
The only event of its kind in North America, the rally is sanctioned by the Fédération internationale de l’automobile (FIA) and took place early in October in the Upper Laurentians. The two will have the opportunity to participate in the fifth annual Monte Carlo Rally for Alternative Energy Vehicles in March 2011 through an exchange program with the Automobile Club of Monaco.
“We are proud of the effort by our two associates and the result they achieved,” said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice-president of Honda Canada. “Of course, we believe that all participants were winners because ultimately the customer and the environment win due to these various technologies to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. As a leader in fuel economy and low-emission technology, Honda is committed to offering Canadians a wide range of fuel-efficient cars that are designed to help ensure blue skies for our children for generations to come.”
This is the second year in a row that Honda has participated in the event, for which approximately 20 teams were registered this year. The participants follow a 465-kilometres course, staying within speed limits, driving within a specific time, and consuming the least amount of fuel possible.