Many Canadians are looking for ways to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and get behind the wheel of a more environmentally friendly vehicle, but shopping for these automobiles can be a challenge. While most of the major manufacturers have added green vehicles to their respective product lines, arranging a test drive can prove problematic due to the limited number of demo cars available and the fact that the most popular models are usually sold as soon as they roll into the dealership.
Luckily, the organizers at the Vancouver International Auto Show have announced that their innovative Green Ride and Drive program is returning for a second year, giving show guests the opportunity to test-drive some of the world’s leading eco-friendly vehicles from top manufacturers including Nissan, Infiniti, Toyota, Cadillac, Smart and Ford.
“We received extremely positive feedback from guests that participated in our first-ever Green Ride and Drive last year,” says Vancouver International Auto Show Executive Director Paul McGeachie. “Through collaboration with the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre, we are thrilled to once again offer this exciting feature to ours guests.”
From hybrids to completely electric, zero-emission vehicles, each manufacturer offers their own unique technology, design and perspective on environmentally friendly transportation. The Green Ride and Drive will give Auto Show guests the opportunity to get behind the wheel of newest and most efficient vehicles on the road today.
The list of vehicles slated to take part in the Green Ride and Drive includes 14 of the most popular models on the road today, and participants will be able to reserve their test-drive onsite on a first-come basis.
Green Ride and Drive - Demonstration models (Tuesday-Sunday)
• Nissan Leaf
• Infiniti Q50H
• Infiniti QX60H
• Toyota Highlander Hybrid
• Toyota Camry Hybrid
• Toyota Prius
• Toyota Prius C
• Lexus CT Hybrid
• Lexus RXH Hybrid
• Cadillac ELR
• Smart EV
Green Ride and Drive - Demonstration models (Friday-Sunday)
• Focus Electric
• Ford Fusion Energi
• Lincoln MKZ hybrid.
The Vancouver International Auto Show takes place March 25-30 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Green Ride and Drive test drives will take place on Canada Place roadway, located in front of the Vancouver Convention Centre. For more information, please visit: www.VancouverInternationalAutoShow.com.