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"Green" Cars Take Centre Stage At One Of World's Biggest Auto Show

"Green" Cars Take Centre Stage At One Of World's Biggest Auto Show

Monday January 8, 2007

It doesn't really matter what colour you pick for your next new car.

Chances are it will still wind up being green.

The Detroit Auto Show, one of the biggest vehicles for vehicles in North America has opened with what the big companies think you want most in your next car - something that's environmentally friendly.

As the price of gas - and the winter temperatures - go up, and surveys show that global warming and the environment are urgent concerns of the public, car makers are going out of their way to woo your business.

And virtually everyone's getting in on the act.

Toyota was one of the first out of the gate with a hybrid car. It's since improved on the concept.

"This is a 2007 Hybrid Camry," demonstrates Tim Lo of Toyota on Front. "You get the benefit of economy, lower emission, however even more horsepower [10-15%] than the regular Camrys."

Nissan has an electric Ultima, too.

The so-called Big Three - Ford, G.M. and DaimlerChrylser - are also onboard with what were once considered experimental models.

Even Cadillac and BMW are joining the car club and giving expensive fill-ups and fuel the gas.

While they still tend to be more expensive than their solely petrol-powered counterparts, the prices are starting to come down as the vehicles get mass-produced.

How popular are they?

"People have to wait for 30 to 60 days to get one," reveals Lo of his Camry.

It's not that the companies involved aren't concerned about the environment. It's just that they're really pre-occupied with a different type of green - the kind in your wallet.

Detroit may be the scene of the eye popping models for now, but Toronto will soon get its own close-up look.

The huge Canadian International Auto Show will be at the Metro Convention Centre and the Rogers Centre from February 16th to the 25th.

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