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FIRST AMERICAN OZONE-FRIENDLY CAR

 FIRST AMERICAN OZONE-FRIENDLY CAR
 ATLANTA, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The first car with CFC-free


air-conditioning produced in the United States rolls off the assembly line at Ford's Atlanta Assembly Plant today.
 "We will start by building about 500 CFC-free Tauruses every month," said Dr. John P. McTague, vice president - Technical Affairs, Ford Motor Company. "Initially, these cars will be sold to the public through dealers in selected eastern Texas markets. We expect that about 60 percent of our '94 models will have the new system and by the end of the 1994 calendar year, all new Ford cars and light trucks worldwide will be CFC-air-conditioning free."
 CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), widely used in automotive air-conditioning systems, are a known contributor to the depletion of atmospheric ozone -- the so-called "good ozone" that helps block harmful ultraviolet rays.
 Converting from CFC-12 refrigerant to its CFC-free replacement, HFC-134a, requires total re-engineering of automotive air-conditioning systems.
 "CFC-free air-conditioning systems will provide our customers with the excellent performance they have come to expect from Ford products," McTague said.
 Nearly all Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealerships are now using sophisticated recycling equipment to extract and reclaim CFC-12 refrigerant from vehicles still using it. This is all done without venting the CFC-12 to the atmosphere.
 Ford dealers in Texas have been trained in the service and maintenance of the new systems, and service parts will be readily available to support the CFC-free air-conditioning phase-in program.
 "In addition to our accelerated programs to remove CFCs from our air-conditioning systems, we are proud to say that Ford has removed CFCs from most of our manufacturing processes and will have eliminated more than 90 percent by the end of the year," said McTague. "Our worldwide phase-out from all Ford facilities will be complete by the end of 1993.
 "These vehicles rolling off the line today represent a start," the Ford official continued. "They represent our company's intention to try to meet the challenge set by President Bush for an accelerated phase-out of CFCs."
 Ford company will be five years ahead of the deadline by which the Montreal Protocol dictates the worldwide elimination of CFCs.
 The company plans to spread the benefits of its own experience by sharing CFC elimination technology for electronics manufacturing with the largest U.S. and Japanese electronics and automotive companies.
 "We believe that the elimination of CFCs is a critical environmental and societal need, and that exchanging comprehensive details of the technology with others can only hasten the process," McTague concluded.
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 /CONTACT: John Emmert of Ford Motor Company, 313-322-9211/
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