SAE World Congress Ride and Drive Will Feature 14 Vehicle Models

The Ride and Drive, a popular attraction at the SAE World Congress, will return in 2011, allowing attendees an opportunity to test drive 14 different models including the latest electric vehicles by GM and Nissan when the annual event opens April 12 in Detroit.

There will be a total of 25 vehicles available at Cobo Center’s Macomb Hall. Participants can take a vehicle on a 10-minute drive April 12-14, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Ride and Drive is open to the media and all registered attendees.

OEMs and suppliers participating in this year’s Ride and Drive include the host of the 2011 SAE World Congress, General Motors, which will provide six different models.

The participating companies and vehicles include:

* General Motors Company
o Chevrolet Volt
o Cadillac CTS Coupe
o Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
o Chevrolet Cruze
o Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
o Buick LaCrosse e-Assist
* Bosch Diesel Systems/Robert Bosch LLC
o 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup "Street" Edition
* Ford Motor Company
o 2012 Focus
o 2011 Explorer
o 2011 F-150 EcoBoost
* Honda
o Honda FCX Clarity Hydrogen-powered Electric Car
* Nissan
o Leaf
o Infiniti M Hybrid
* Protean Electric
o Protean Drive™ Test Vehicle-Ford F-150 BEV

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SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International’s core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International’s charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.