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CCS STUDENTS TO UNVEIL DESIGNS FOR CNG-POWERED GM AUTOMOBILES

 CCS STUDENTS TO UNVEIL DESIGNS FOR CNG-POWERED GM AUTOMOBILES
 DETROIT, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, Aug. 25, three transportation design students from Detroit's Center for Creative Studies (CCS) will unveil new configurations for the storage and delivery of compressed natural gas (CNG) in a stylish, affordable General Motors passenger vehicle.
 The presentations will wrap up an 11-week project sponsored by American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) with support from GM Design.
 The trio will show painted 3/10-scale clay models that incorporate the packaging of CNG and explain their interpretations of a natural gas vehicle (NGV) to representatives of AISI, CCS, and high-level GM Design staff.
 Presentations will be made in the transportation design classrooms at CCS, 245 E. Kirby, in Detroit. The presentations will begin at 1:30 p.m.
 According to Carl Olsen, chairperson of the transportation design section at CCS, "To date, all explorations of CNG as an alternative fuel have been in retrofits -- converting existing vehicles to natural gas. This project will be landmark. We will be working from the inside out, creating designs around the special requirements of the fuel, and using steel and new steel technologies to create safe, aerodynamic bodies and for novel delivery systems and compartments for the gas."
 According to Mark Kaski, a staff member at GM Design who presented package criteria to the students, "We're asking them to shoot for a year 2000, lightweight vehicle priced at about $15,000. Just as electric cars and gasoline cars reflect the kinds of fuels they use, the 'look' should say CNG. And the cars should be designed with assembly, disassembly and the environment in mind."
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 /CONTACT: Sandra Braden of CCS, 313-872-3118, Ext. 284; or Victor Pytko of PR Associates, 313-963-3396, for American Iron and Steel Institute/
 (GM) CO: Center for Creative Studies; General Motors;
 American Iron and Steel Institute ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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