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Green Car Vows, Red Carpet Wows

Toyota might not make it to the podium to accept an Oscar as “Greenest” Car in a Major Motion Picture, but the company’s Prius hybrid will have a few red carpet moments before the festivities begin.

Celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Robin Williams, Orlando Bloom, Salma Hayek, Penelope Cruz, Morgan Freeman, Julie Delpy and Tim Robbins are reportedly among those who will arrive at the 2005 Academy Awards in Toyota Prius hybrids as part of Global Green’s 3rd annual “Red Carpet-Green Cars” campaign. With worldwide attention focused on the awards ceremony, Global Green organizes fuel-efficient transportation each year to allow celebrities the opportunity to demonstrate their concern for promoting energy independence, combating global warming and protecting the environment. Advanced technology vehicles offer a cleaner, more efficient transportation solution, Toyota said in the company’s press release. The partial zero emission (PZEV) Prius is EPA rated to get up to 60 miles per gallon in the city (55 mpg combined) and produces almost 90 percent fewer emissions than the average vehicle. “By foregoing gas-guzzling limos, Oscar attendees show their support for fuel efficient cars to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels, reduce air pollution, and stem climate change,” said Matt Petersen, president of Global Green USA. “By choosing to ride in a fuel-efficient car, like the Prius, they send a strong message to the American people and the world that we can all be part of the solution to global warming and our addiction to oil.” Global Green USA, the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International led by Mikhail S. Gorbachev, works in cooperation with individuals, industry, and governments to create a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future.