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NEW COMPANY ESTABLISHED TO PROVIDE POWERTRAIN ENGINEERING SERVICES

 PALATINE, Ill., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- AVL List Gmbh of Graz, Austria, and Engine Solutions, Inc. of Palatine announced today that they will jointly establish a company to provide powertrain engineering services to the U.S. automotive and off-highway equipment industries.
 The new company, AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc. will be headquartered in Novi, Mich. James C. McCandless, currently president of Engine Solutions, Inc., has been named president and CEO. Helmut List will serve as chairman of the new venture. List is chairman, president and CEO of AVL List Gmbh.
 In announcing the new company, List said, "In recent years, the automotive and off-highway industries have been challenged to drastically reduce exhaust emissions, improve fuel economy, boost reliability and cut the cost of their products. In order to meet these challenges, advanced technology must be employed, and manufacturers are looking to 'high tech' supplier/partners to assist them in the design and development of advanced powertrain systems. The use of innovative supplier/consultants brings fresh ideas and technology without the burden of high fixed costs."
 McCandless added, "While the company's main focus will be diesel and gasoline engine engineering, we expect to be able to offer manufacturers assistance in overall powertrain design and matching. Powertrain system optimization, we believe, is the key to simultaneously attaining very low emissions, good fuel economy and low costs. Our new venture will draw on the vast technological resources of AVL List Gmbh -- and the volume production design and development expertise of Engine Solutions, Inc. -- to find unique solutions to manufacturers' problems. Although a great deal of the R/D work will be carried out in Graz, we will develop local engineering capability to improve our response to customers' needs."
 AVL List Gmbh is a 40-year-old internationally renowned engineering consulting and instrumentation manufacturing company, headquartered in Graz. It employs 1,500 people in nine countries.
 Engine Solutions, Inc. is a diesel engine engineering consulting company located in Palatine. McCandless, president and founder of Engine Solutions, Inc., was formerly vice president-Engine Engineering for Navistar International Transportation Corp., a leading truck and diesel engine builder.
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 /CONTACT: Peter C. Meurer, VP-Engine Engineering, AVL List Gmbh, 01143 316 91 46 46; or James C. McCandless, president and CEO, AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc., 708-202-1833/


CO: AVL List Gmbh; AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc. ST: Illinois IN: AUT SU: JVN

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