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The current economic turmoil has claimed another victim: the 2009 edition of the Michelin Challenge Bibendum. The event, which has been held more or less annually since 2000, was scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next April, but now won't happen until at least a year later. Michelin blames the delay on financial problems at several of its partners.

Dozens of alternative vehicles were displayed this weekend in Paris, at the eight annual Challenge Bibendum, sponsored by Michelin. The vehicles address one or more of the toughest issues facing personal mobility: fuel efficiency, emissions, alternative fuels, safety, and congestion. The vehicles on display, from major auto manufacturers and individual inventors, ranged from the all too familiar hybrid-electric and fuel cell vehicles to CNG-fueled sports cars and futuristic looking oddball conce