Car designers asked to design a green popemobile

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Courtesy of The Detroit Free Press:


Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd from his Popemobile as he arrives to lead a mass at in the Kidron Valley, facing the Mount of Olives and the site where Christianity says Jesus was arrested, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, May 12, 2009. / AP PHOTO

Pope Benedict XVI’s popemobile may be getting an ecological upgrade.

Young cardesigners participating in an annual auto style competition are being asked to design a low-emission popemobile that meets the Vatican’s high security standards.

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano announced details of the competition today, saying the green popemobile will be one of the proposed projects of the 2012 edition of Autostyle International Design Competition.

Italian autoparts maker Berman organizes the competition each year, selecting 12 students from universities and auto design schools from around the world to submit designs for particular projects.

The best eco-popemobile designs will be compiled in a book published by the Vatican publishing house.

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