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General Motors Corporation Honored With
Inaugural EARTH ANGEL Award

Most Environmentally Friendly Automaker

DETROIT — As gas prices fluctuate and global warming concerns grow, the International Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY) debuted its EARTH ANGEL Award, recognizing the automaker making the most significant strides on environmental issues and initiatives. General Motors Corporation was honored with the award by a group of respected automotive journalists and editors who found GM's global accomplishments to be the most significant among all the contenders.

“Global warming is top-of-mind for everyone these days,” says Courtney Caldwell, ICOTY creator and producer. “The EARTH ANGEL Award is designed to recognize the automaker who takes environmental issues from top-of-mind to top-of-action from organizational improvements to vehicle lines to alternative fuels.”

”Automakers are too often criticized for environmental insensitivity when the reality is that they’re making enormous strides on a global level to improve the earth’s environment,” Caldwell said. “Our goal is to shed light on these many positive accomplishments, especially those not known to the general public or media."

All automakers were invited to participate in the inaugural award by answering a series of six questions related to their environmental initiatives. Of the automakers contacted, BMW, Daimler Motor Company, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Subaru and Toyota responded.

The recipient of the EARTH ANGEL Award was selected by a jury of 12 respected automotive journalists. Factors considered for the award included present and future environmental initiatives established, sponsored or supported by the automaker; current hybrid electric, diesel and flex-fuel vehicles available to the public; and the automaker’s company position and mission on global warming.

The EARTH ANGEL Award was presented on January 12, 2008 at the 12th Annual ICOTY Awards as one of many highlights of the night’s glitzy, black-tie affair held at the all-new MGM Grand Detroit on the eve of press week for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Bridgestone sponsored the inaugural award.

For more on the 2008 ICOTY Awards.

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