The Washington Auto Show ’09: The Automotive Seat of Power

The Washington Auto Show rolls into town this week, taking over the downtown Convention Center for exhibits, policy discussions, roll-outs and marketing.

The official site of the show is

Today is on Capitol Hill is the “Green Car Summit: Defining the Road Ahead.”

“Vehicles offering dramatically improved environmental performance are crucial to helping us move beyond today’s challenges of oil dependence and growing environmental impacts,” says Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and editor of “While not yet widely available in new car showrooms, these vehicles each inspire in important ways with their advanced power trains, use of cleaner or more sustainable fuels, vastly improved efficiencies, or a combination of these attributes.” The award-winning Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment since its launch in 1992. As part of its mission, the magazine hosts events, produces ride-and-drives of advanced and clean fuel vehicles, and conducts various outreach efforts to educate consumers on better and more environmentally positive vehicle choices. 

The theme is continued throughout the show, highlighted at the Green Car Pavilion.

Vehicles on display achieve their high levels of efficiency with the use of advanced technologies ranging from gasoline-electric hybrid engines, plug-in hybrid powertrains, and hydrogen fuel cells to more conventional clean diesel and advanced gasoline engines. Among the more high-profile vehicles on hand will be the Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell, GM’s hydrogen crossover demonstration vehicle that captured last year’s Green Car Vision Award™, and the clean diesel VW Jetta TDI, recently honored as Green Car Journal’s 2009 Green Car of the Year®. Other exciting vehicles at the Pavilion will be ones running on battery electric power, E85 ethanol, compressed natural gas, and other alternative fuels.

Tuesday is Public Policy Day. We’ll be there.

SAE International formerly known as Society of Automotive Engineers and the Washington Auto Show (WAS) will co-locate the 2009 SAE Government/Industry Meeting with the Washington Auto Show. SAE’s plenary session, “Roadmap for the 44th President and 111th Congress,” will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Public Policy Day, February 2 and 3, an event unique to the WAS because of the show’s location at the seat of power. Public Policy Day – Open to Credentialed Media, February 3, opens with the Mazda-hosted breakfast and includes a full-day of manufacturer introductions and policy announcements. Additionally, The Green Car Journal will present the Green Car Vision Award. 

Tuesday also feature a salute to Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), the veteran legislator and fierce advocate for a strong domestic auto industry.

The Washington Post had a good, basic review of the political/policy/economic issues on display this week, “Carmakers Drive Their Best Case To the Nation’s Seat of Power.”

As said, we’ll be there and plan to blog.

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