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NEW GM AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS ARE CFC-FREE

 DAYTON, Ohio, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- After several years of designing and developing new mobile air conditioning systems, Harrison Division of General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM) is now introducing a new generation of air conditioning products that will become the industry standard for environmental protection.
 These products will keep GM customers cool through the use of R-134a, a non-ozone-depleting refrigerant designed to replace R-12, a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC). Worldwide environmental regulations require the phase-out of CFC production by Jan. 1, 1996.
 Tim Guthrie, general director of Harrison's Ohio operations, said Harrison has positioned itself to finish the new vehicle conversion ahead of the latest Montreal protocol revisions. "Harrison and General Motof?ully committed to delivering to our customers the best air conditioning products our industry has to offer while maintaining our environmental leadership role," he said. "We are working as fast as technology will allow to complete the conversion."
 Harrison's Moraine, Ohio, facility manufacturers air conditioning compressors, receiver dehydrators and accumulator dehydrators. Full implementation of the R-134a-products into all new GM vehicles will occur at the beginning of the 1995 model year. Moraine's R-134a- converted products can currently be found in the following 1993 GM models: the Pontiac Firebird, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Lumina, Pontiac Trans Sport, Oldsmobile Silhouette, Chevrolet and GMC full-size vans.
 The conversion itself is a complicated process because R-134a is not a "drop-in" substitute for CFC-12. Rather, a new lubricant had to be developed and the air conditioning system had to be redesigned before R-134a could be used.
 The rapid speed at which the conversion is taking place is attributable to GM's $60 million investment into Harrison's Ohio operations. Beyond enabling GM with the necessary technology for R-134a, Guthrie said, the investment "demonstrates Harrison's competitiveness within our industry."
 Founded in 1910, Harrison Division of General Motors Corp. is recognized as an international leader in the research, development and manufacture of automotive heating, ventilating, air conditioning and engine cooling systems. Principal products include: heater and air conditioning modules, heater cores, evaporators, compressors, radiators and oil coolers. With world headquarters in Lockport, N.Y., Harrison has North American operations in Ohio, Alabama, Michigan and Canada, as well as overseas operations in Korea, Japan, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Luxembourg, Brazil, Spain and Venezuela. Harrison is a division of General Motors' Automotive Components Group-Worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Deborah L. Parkins, Public Affairs manager, Harrison Division, 716-439-3245/
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