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2008 Earth Angel Award

Inaugural EARTH ANGEL Award
Celebrates Environmentally Friendly Automakers

In response to the rising gas prices and growing concern for global warming, the International Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY) recently polled automakers worldwide about the significant strides they were making on environmental issues and green initiatives.

To celebrate this work, the ICOTY Awards launched its inaugural EARTH ANGEL Award, which honored General Motors Corporation as the automaker who contributed the most to aiding environmental improvements and initiatives on a world wide level.

Beth Lowery accepting the 2008 Earth Angel Award
Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and ICOTY producer, Courtney Caldwell (r) present the inaugural EARTH ANGEL Award to Beth Lowery, VP Environment, Energy & Safety Policy,
General Motors Corporation.

“Automakers are too often criticized for environmental insensitivity when the reality is that they’re making enormous strides on a global level to improve the earth’s environment,” said Courtney Caldwell, ICOTY creator and producer. “Our goal is to shed light on these many positive accomplishments, especially those not known to the general public or media.”

All automakers were invited to participate in the inaugural award by answering a series of six questions related to their environmental initiatives. Of those contacted BMW, Daimler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, American Honda, Hyundai, Subaru and Toyota responded.

Though the responses from individual automakers varied, the EARTH ANGEL Award submissions show each company is making significant strides in the fight against global warming.

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A number of automakers are creating more fuel efficient vehicles, including hybrids and ethanol (E85) versions. Additionally, automotive companies are working to reduce the energy they consume by using greener power supplies including solar energy.

The first EARTH ANGEL Award winner was selected by a jury of 12 respected automotive journalists. Factors considered for the award included established present and future environmental initiatives sponsored or supported by the automaker; current hybrid electric, diesel and flex-fuel vehicles available to the public; and the automaker’s position and mission on global warming.

The EARTH ANGEL Award was presented at the 12th Annual ICOTY Awards, which was one of the many highlights at the night’s glitzy, black-tie affair held at the all-new MGM Grand Detroit on the eve of press week of the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Bridgestone sponsored the inaugural award.

Learn more about the environmentally friendly initiatives of the EARTH ANGEL Award automaker nominees.

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