Big Three Tout Fuel Efficiency in D.C.

Ford unveils a concept ethanol-electric SUV as GM shows off diesel-electric buses at auto show.

Published: 26-Jan-2006

Detroit's automakers kicked off a charm offensive in the nation's capital Tuesday, showing off their latest fuel-saving technologies to U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman at the Washington Auto Show.

Bodman was given a tour of vehicles by officials from DaimlerChrysler AG, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp.

All three companies touted their improvements in fuel economy. DaimlerChrysler highlighted its new diesels. Ford showed off a flex-fuel F-150 truck, a hybrid Escape and its Reflex small-car concept.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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