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CALIFORNIA EMISSION STANDARDS WILL COST THE CONSUMER, AUTO DEALERS SAY

 WASHINGTON, July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- If more states elect to adopt California's stringent emission standards, the results could spell higher new-vehicle and fuel prices, reduced model choice and little or no gain in air quality, the National Automobile Dealers Association said today.
 "New, tougher federal requirements mandated by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 have proved difficult to meet, and many states are considering implementation of California standards, which were specifically designed for that state's unique climate, geography, population patterns and severe air pollution problems," NADA President Jim Lust said.
 Current California standards call for emission level reductions that will add $100 to the cost of each new vehicle in 1994, and $1,000 or more per vehicle by 2001, according to industry estimates. California cars also require cleaner-burning "reformulated" gasoline costing an additional 12 cents to 20 cents per gallon.
 California has mandated the phase-in of zero-emission vehicles (electric cars) beginning in 1998. Although they may be appropriate for California's mild climate, electric vehicles have heating and air conditioning capability that makes them unsuitable for severe climates. And California standards for carbon monoxide are lower than federal standards, although colder climates, as in New England, suffer from unhealthy concentrations of carbon monoxide. "California standards are appropriate for California, but other states may be environmentally better off if they adhere to federal emission standards," Lust noted.
 The National Automobile Dealers Association represents 19,000 franchise new-car and -truck dealers holding 35,000 separate franchises, domestic and import.
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 /CONTACT: Ted Orme of the National Automobile Dealers Association, 703-827-7407, or fax, 703-821-7075/


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