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KAWASAKI IS FIRST MANUFACTURER TO RECEIVE CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD CERTIFICATION FOR TWO-STROKE ENGINE

 Company's TE40 Used Primarily by Lawn and Garden Professionals
 IRVINE, Calif., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A., the domestic supplier of motorcycles, JET SKI(R) watercraft, all terrain vehicles, portable generators and small engines, has become the industry's first company to receive California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification for a two-stroke engine aimed specifically at the hand-held utility market.
 CARB certification will be a requirement as of Jan. 1, 1995, but Kawasaki engineers have been actively seeking ways to reduce exhaust emissions sooner. The certification of the TE40, a 40.2-cubic- centimeter engine delivering 2.4 horsepower, is a significant accomplishment as the emissions reduction is achieved through engine modification without sacrificing horsepower.
 The engine is sold directly to original equipment manufacturers, who resell as powerplants for backpack blowers to lawn and garden professionals.
 According to Kawasaki's government relations manager, Jeff Shetler, "This is a major step for Kawasaki in two very important categories, as it both defines our concern for the environment and it points to our engineering expertise."
 In order to receive the coveted certification, manufacturers must submit their engines to very stringent and exacting tests. The California standards, which will likely be adopted in the future on a nationwide basis, are exceptionally difficult to meet and represent requirements to reduce hydrocarbon, nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide emissions.
 -0- 6/25/93
 /CONTACT: Doug Freeman or Dan Zukowski of Freeman/McCue Public Relations, 714-557-3663, for Kawasaki/


CO: Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A.; California Air Resources Board ST: California IN: AUT HOU SU:

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