Car designers asked to craft ‘green’ popemobile

VATICAN CITY (AP) ? Pope Benedict XVI’s popemobile may be getting an ecological upgrade.

Young car designers 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 Friday, saying the green popemobile will be one of the proposed projects of the 2012 edition of Autostyle International Design Competition.

Italian auto parts 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.