2008 Los Angeles Auto Show opens

Lots of news from Day 1 of the Los Angeles Auto Show.   There’s not going to be any new model introductions from GM or Chrysler, but there’s some action from Ford – they introduced their new Hybrid Fusion.  BMW Mini subsidiary introduced an all electric version of the Mini Cooper, and even Porsche is coming out with a hybrid versio of the Cayenne.  Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says that Nissan will have an electric car in the US by 2010 with a pilot program in Oregon.  And the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI was named the Green Car of the year – the first time a diesel has won this award.

Mini Cooper E

Here’s some links to sites that have more details and pictures – FoxNews, Wired News, UK Telegraph

The Los Angeles Times has some news on the Nissan electric program in a exclusive interview with Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.

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