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CHEVROLET ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF 4,000 VARIABLE FUEL VEHICLE LUMINAS IN CONJUNCTION WITH 'DRIVE CLEAN, CALIFORNIA' CAMPAIGN

CHEVROLET ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF 4,000 VARIABLE FUEL VEHICLE LUMINAS
 IN CONJUNCTION WITH 'DRIVE CLEAN, CALIFORNIA' CAMPAIGN
 LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Chevrolet Motor Division Monday announced availability of 4,000 Variable Fuel Vehicle (VFV) Chevrolet Luminas -- the first methanol/gasoline vehicles ever offered for sale to the public in the state of California or the nation -- in conjunction with the California Energy Commission's "Drive Clean, California" campaign.
 "We're aiming for improved air quality and energy security at the same time," said Jim C. Perkins, Chevrolet general manager and a General Motors vice president, announcing General Motors' 1992 demonstration program.
 "The VFV Lumina is a major step in that direction," said Perkins.
 The VFV Lumina cuts smog-forming emissions by 30 percent to 50 percent and runs on M85 methanol fuel, 100 percent unleaded gasoline, or any mixture of the two fuels.
 Calling methanol "a viable fuel for the future," Perkins said the VFV Luminas are part of a bigger picture in California and other parts of the nation that will include vehicles propelled by methanol, reformulated gasoline, compressed natural gas and electricity.
 The VFV Luminas are certified federally, and will operate in California with an experimental permit from the Air Resources Board valid for the life of the vehicle.
 M85 is a liquid, and thus an attractive vehicle fuel that's as easily refueled as gasoline. M85 has the potential to be a leading alternative to petroleum fuels. Two concurrent benefits are its higher octane than conventional gasolines and the fact that it could be produced from domestic resources.
 As part of a five-year demonstration program with the California Energy Commission, General Motors has been providing methanol vehicles in increasing numbers: 20 Corsicas in 1990, 200 Luminas in 1991, and now 2,000 VFV Luminas in 1992.
 Perkins also pledged to continue Chevrolet's and General Motors' efforts to decrease reliance on fossil fuels.
 "Our agreement with the California Energy Commission is to build 2,000 VFV Luminas for 1992," said Perkins, "but we're looking far beyond that number to a total of 4,000, our maximum capacity for the '92 model year."
 "We'll build and ship as many to California as we receive orders for up to 4,000," continued Perkins.
 Perkins also gave credit to the GM Advanced Engineering Staff, which developed the VFV Lumina concept, GM of Canada Engineering, which developed the production vehicle, and the C-P-C Group responsible for manufacturing the car.
 VFV Luminas can be ordered at any Chevrolet dealership in the state of California. The VFV option cost is $2,000 per vehicle. All California Chevrolet dealerships have received ordering information for the VFV Luminas.
 In addition, major California public and private fleet customers were sent
details of the program. VFV Luminas will also be featured in the Chevrolet display at the Sacramento Auto Show beginning this week and the San Francisco Auto Show later this month.
 Production of 1992 VFV Luminas begins March 1, 1992, at the GM of Canada assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, with deliveries in April-May of 1992.
 "Chevrolet and General Motors have once again responded to the challenges of the environment and energy security," said Perkins. "Now, it's up to the citizens of California to put VFV Luminas on the road in 1992.
 "Let's turn this into the kind of opportunity Californians don't ever pass up," Perkins said.
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 /CONTACT: Suzanne Kane of Chevrolet, 805-373-8440; or Bill Ott of General Motors, 310-277-2511/
 (GM) CO: Chevrolet Motor Division; General Motors ST: California IN: AUT SU: PDT JG-KK -- DE008 -- 1168 11/05/91 10:31 EST
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