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AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION FILE MOTION IN LAWSUIT CHALLENGING VALIDITY OF PROPOSED MOTOR OIL CERTIFICATION SYSTEM

 WASHINGTON, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Automobile Manufacturers Association (AAMA) on July 9 filed a motion to intervene in opposition to a lawsuit filed by Castrol, Inc., against the American Petroleum Institute (API) challenging the validity of a proposed motor oil certification system.
 "The oil certification system was developed through an historic effort by the automobile and petroleum industries to improve customer satisfaction by elevating motor oil quality and to help meet the nation's environmental and fuel efficiency goals," said AAMA President Thomas H. Hanna. AAMA plans to mount a vigorous effort to ensure that this important consumer program moves forward at the earliest possible date.
 The new system, known as the Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System (EOLCS), is scheduled to take effect on Aug. 1. The program is designed to make it easier for consumers to select the proper motor oil for their vehicles by displaying an API "starbust" certification mark on motor oils which meet vehicle manufacturer standards.
 The EOLCS requires that motor oils pass a series of performance tests designed to significantly extend engine life and emission control systems. Castrol's lawsuit, filed July 7 in New York federal court, takes issue specifically with the test known as "Sequence VI," used to categorize the automobile fuel economy effects of oil.
 In its motion to intervene, AAMA noted that in order to meet government-mandated fuel economy standards, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authorizes automakers to recommend use of motor oils that are categorized as fuel-efficient, based on the Sequence VI test, in vehicle owner's manuals.
 AAMA maintained that because there is no substitute for the Sequence VI test and a successor test will not be ready until 1996, Castrol's requested injunction conflicts with the need to comply with EPA's directives.
 AAMA noted the Sequence VI test has been relied upon by the oil industry and petroleum companies, including Castrol, to qualify oils to bear "ENERGY CONSERVING" and "ENERGY CONSERVING II" trademarks. U.S. automakers spearheaded adoption of the Sequence VI test in 1986 in conjunction with the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) to define the performance standards and procedures underlying the test.
 "AAMA is committed to a program that educates consumers about motor oil issues and establishes the new certification mark as the symbol to look for when purchasing motor oil," Hanna said.
 The AAMA is the trade association for U.S. car and light truck manufacturers. Its members, Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C), Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) and General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), produce approximately 81 percent of all U.S.-built motor vehicles.
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 /CONTACT: Jason Vines of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association, 202-775-2738/
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