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AUTO GREENING SHOULD GO GLOBAL, INTERNATIONAL AUTOMAKERS SAY

 ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- International automakers doing business in the United States offered to support and participate in joint U.S. government/industry efforts to produce cleaner, more fuel- efficient cars, following a White House announcement launching the clean car program. "Our companies are on the leading edge of `green' cars. We have a long history of technological advances in the environmental arena and have a lot to offer for the future," said Philip A. Hutchinson, president, Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM).
 "AIAM members -- who build more cars in the United States than Ford or Chrysler, export more than all three U.S. automakers, have invested more than $10 billion in the U.S. industry and have created more than 500,000 American jobs -- were the leading force for fuel efficiency in the United States. From the beginning, they have set the industry standards," Hutchinson said.
 Producing environmentally-friendly cars is a challenge for the global automobile industry, according to the AIAM. "Developing pollution-free, socially-responsible cars is a call that transcends borders, as does today's auto industry. Our members want to offer their support to President Clinton in his efforts to ensure cleaner more efficient cars," Hutchinson said.
 The international automakers have respected the environment and played a key role in developing technology to protect it. They have taken a leadership position in developing and popularizing a number of technologies which help cars run more cleanly, including:
 -- electronic fuel injection (increases fuel efficiency);
 -- small displacement, high efficiency engines (increases fuel
 efficiency);
 -- CFC-free air conditioners (ozone-friendly);
 -- three-way lambda-san catalyst (reduces pollution);
 -- diesel catalyst (reduces pollution);
 -- recyclable cars and components (reduces the solid waste stream);
 -- no solvent paints (reduces air emissions); and
 -- emission controls at plants (reduces air emissions);
 "Our members stand ready to cooperate with other international automakers to ensure a cleaner environment for us all," said Hutchinson. "AIAM has a wealth of environmental expertise and a long history of developing environmental advances in both the production process and the cars Americans drive today. In addition to manufacturing cars in the United States, most major international auto manufacturers have established research and development centers in the United States to study the very issues the government is discussing today. We once again offer this expertise to the government."
 The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM) is the trade association representing U.S. subsidiaries of the international automobile companies. Its members engage in different levels of sourcing, manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and sales and service of passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles (MPVs) and light trucks in the United States. In addition to these car makers, AIAM also represents manufacturers of original equipment with production facilities both here in the United States and abroad. Members include:
 BMW Mazda Rover
 Daewoo Mitsubishi Saab
 Daihatsu Nissan Subaru
 Fiat Peugeot Suzuki
 Honda Porsche Toyota
 Hyundai Renault Volkswagen
 Isuzu Rolls-Royce Volvo
 Kia
 -0- 9/29/93
 /CONTACT: Kathleen Mordini of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, 703-525-7788/


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