Let the green cars roll


Over a dozens green cars are crisscrossing the state of Colorado this weekend in a green convoy  sponsored by the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association.

The statewide green car convoy is timed to coincide with the Denver Auto Show and will culminate in a green car parade at the state capitol in Denver on Sunday.

The convoy has already been to Vail and according to the Vail Daily:

"The core group — a Mercury Mariner hybrid, Volkswagen Touareg clean
diesel and a BMW advanced diesel — left Wednesday from Denver and
headed to Montrose. At each stop along the way, the drivers are met by
dealers and people interested in what these new cars have to offer
— which is mostly great gas mileage.

“It’s been really interesting,” Czupor said. “We’ve had dealers and news media greeting us at every city.”

The Grand Junction Sentinel reports:

"The cars in the convoy included hybrids, diesel- and ethanol-fueled SUVs, sedans and trucks.

Many of these vehicles are already on local lots, so there’s no need to wait for delivery.

“We’re getting two of the first 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid models
tomorrow,” said Lynn Robison, Honda sales manager at Fuoco Motors Inc.

The Insight is marketed as the “Hybrid for Everyone” with a suggested starting price under $20,000.

Richard Nance of Elk Mountain Motors in Glenwood Springs said he prefers a diesel-powered car to the hybrid.

Nance said he has been tracking the savings of diesel drivers on a
simple spreadsheet. He said the cost of diesel is currently equal to
that of premium unleaded gasoline, but “you can go twice as far on a
tank of diesel.”

If you are interested in checking out the convoy yourself you can see the rest of the week's schedule HERE.

Today, Saturday, and Sunday the cars will be at stopping in the following cities and times:

Friday, March 27

10-11am—Canon City, The Abbey Event Center (2951 E. Hwy 50)
Noon-1pm—Pueblo, Union Street at Riverwalk (101 S. Union St.)
2-3pm—Colorado Springs, Antlers Hilton Hotel (4. S. Cascade Ave.)

Saturday, March 28

9-10 am—Greeley, Chamber of Commerce (902 7th Ave.)
11am-Noon—Fort Collins, REI Store Parking Lot (4025 S. College Ave.)
1-2 pm—Loveland, Chamber of Commerce (I-25 and Hwy 34 – 5400 Stone Creek #200)
3-4pm—Longmont, Longmont Daily Times-Call (350 Terry St.)
4:30-5:30pm—Boulder, Staples Parking Lot (28th & Arapahoe)

Sunday, March 29

2-3:30pm—Colorado State Capitol, "static" parade on the circle drive (200 E. Colfax)
3:30pm—Cars parade to Colorado Convention Center

You can also follow the progress of the convoy by following Tim Jackson president of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association on Twitter HERE.

said, "We encourage everyone to come out and see us when we roll into
town.   This will be a great opportunity to ask questions, touch and
feel the newest "green" cars and even kick the tires, so to speak."

The STATEWIDE GREEN CAR CONVOY is a prelude to the Denver Auto Show, April 1-5, at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, in downtown Denver. This popular annual event will feature more than 500 new 2009 hybrids, crossovers, sedans, sports cars, minivans and trucks for every driving need and every budget.  Plus the 2010 “intro” cars will be seen for the first time in the Rocky Mountain West.