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UTA TO SUPPLY 1994 TOYOTA CAMRY STEERING WHEEL

 DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- United Technologies Automotive (UTA) has been selected by Toyota Motor Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. (TMM), to supply steering wheels for the 1994 Camry, which will be produced at Toyota's "Georgetown 2" plant in Kentucky.
 The award represents UTA's first steering wheel program with a Japanese-based U.S. carmaker.
 UTA will produce the steering wheels for the 1994 Camry at its Niles, Mich., plant. A portion will be leather-wrapped at UTA's sole leather-wrapping facility in Monterey, Mexico.
 The in-mold painted urethane steering wheels feature an aluminum die cast insert with a steel rim ring. They will be produced in four colors: oak, taupe, medium gray and black. Some will feature auto-drive (cruise control).
 "We are, of course, delighted that Toyota chose UTA to produce these wheels," said Roger Barr, director of sales and marketing for UTA's steering wheel group. "Even though this program doesn't launch until next spring, we're already working with Toyota on VE/VA (value engineering/value analysis) to continually lower costs and improve our quality."
 Toyota Motor Manufacturing began operations in Kentucky in 1988. The expansion plant will begin production in March 1994, raising the Georgetown facility's capacity from 220,000 to 400,000 vehicles annually. This year, TMM again won the J.D. Power and Associates Gold Plant Quality Award, designating it as the best plant in North America. It also won the award in 1990.
 United Technologies Automotive, headquartered in Dearborn, is a major supplier of electrical and interior trim systems and components to car and light truck manufacturers worldwide. It is a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), based in Hartford, Conn., which provides a broad range of high-technology products and services to the aerospace, building systems and automotive industries.
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 /CONTACT: Anne M. Knisely of United Technologies Automotive, 313-593-9840/
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