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 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors (NYSE: GM) today announced the manufacturer's suggested retail prices for the GM Clean Fuel Technology System featured on 1994 Chevrolet and GMC Truck vehicles. On the floor of the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show, J. Michael Losh, GM vice president, North American Sales, Service and Marketing, said the Clean Fuel Technology System allows vehicles to operate on natural gas or gasoline.
 Losh said the Clean Fuel Technology System is an affordable alternative to gasoline-only vehicles. "We think the Clean Fuel Technology System represents a significant value to GM customers over a non-OEM system," he said. "The GM Clean Fuel Technology System allows Chevrolet and GMC Truck to offer vehicles that can operate on natural gas, are warranted by GM and meet the stringent Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and the California Emissions Standards."
 In 1994, GM features the Clean Fuel Technology System on several Chevrolet and GMC Truck vehicles, including Chevrolet Corsica, Chevrolet Caprice, and Chevrolet and GMC pickups, full-size vans, medium-duty conventional trucks, and P-chassis commercial trucks."
 The 1994 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices for a GM Clean Fuel Technology System range from $3,850 on the Chevrolet Corsica to $7,275 on GMC Truck and Chevrolet medium-duty vehicles. The Clean Fuel Technology System is designed to add natural gas capacity as measured in gasoline-equivalent gallons at 3,000 psi. On a Chevrolet Corsica, the gasoline-equivalent of natural gas fuel storage is approximately 7.1 gallons. (See Attached chart for further detail.)
 "For 1994, General Motors offers more alternative-fueled vehicles than any other OEM," Losh said. "Our 1994 product offerings are indicative of GM's contribution to the nation's goals of reduced dependence on energy imports and a reduction in the emissions of greenhouse gases."
 But, Losh cautioned that GM's commitment must be met with market acceptance. "The Big Three manufacturers -- GM along with Ford and Chrysler -- have committed significant resources to the development and manufacture of alternative-fueled vehicles," said Losh. "We are asking the government and the fuel industries to join us to ensure that alternative-fueled vehicles have a future."
 Specifically, Losh called for the various fuel industries to collectively agree and enforce strict fuel and delivery hardware standards and to move aggressively to increase the fuel delivery infrastructure.
 "We invite the fuel industries to join GM in advancing the use of alternative fuels," he said. "Alternative fuels can have a place in the future of the automobile, but only if, together, we can support the customer."
 Losh also called for help from the federal government. "Government can help perpetuate the successes with alternative fuels," he said. "Help us build a market through user incentives. Help the manufacturers, like GM, by establishing real-world test procedures. Encourage fuel composition specifications and set a specification for a certification fuel in each of the alternative fuel categories. And finally, set fleet-purchase emissions requirements for alternative- fueled vehicles that are comparable to the gasoline and diesel vehicles that are replaced."
 Losh's comments were made during the first media briefing prior to the opening of the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show. The auto show opens on Saturday, Jan. 8. This year's theme is "The Automobile and the Environment." GM used the opportunity to display three of its 1994 natural gas/gasoline-powered vehicles, a Chevrolet Corsica, Chevrolet Caprice, and a GMC Truck 3/4-ton Serria Pick-up. Each vehicle features GM's Clean Fuel Technology System, a bi-fuel natural gas/gasoline system.
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 /CONTACT: Jeffrey S. Kuhlman, 313-857-5213, or Betsy H. Hemming, 313-556-6990, both of GM/

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