Green Car Convoy visits Grand Junction

The 2012 Statewide Green Car Convoy visited Grand Junction Monday morning as part of their annual tour.

The 2012 Green Car Convoy rolled into Lincoln Park Monday morning to show-off the latest in green fuel technology.

Some of the newest models on display were the Honda Odyssey, Ford Focus, VW Jetta TDI and VW Touareg.

The biggest innovation in the new cars is price, said Tim Jackson, president of Colorado Automobile Dealers Association.

In just two years, the price of fuel efficient and hybrid cars has dropped by nearly a third. “A new Toyota Prius C is priced at under $20,000 now,” Jackson said, “Competition is going dictate price point and that’s dropping,” he said.

Car manufacturers have also redesigned many of the cars into wagons that can hold up to six passengers and include more storage, he said.

Also, there have been advancements in fuel technology such as clean diesel. “It’s burning 99 percent cleaner than it was just five years ago,” Jackson said.

Jackson said Colorado Automobile Dealers Association can’t wait to see the new Dodge Ram, which was not part of this year’s convoy. The pick-up is the first to be available to the market with a factory installed compressed natural gas engine. The truck can also run on standard unleaded.

“We’re really excited about that one,” Jackson said.

The Green Car Convoy will visit 13 cities in four days including stops in Montrose, Glenwood Springs, Vail, Frisco, Boulder, Longmont, Loveland, Fort Collins, Greeley, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Denver.

The Convoy’s last stop will be the “Green Car Parade” at the State Capitol in Denver on Sunday.

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