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NISSAN OFFICIAL SPEAKS ON EVOLUTION OF THE ELUSIVE 'GREEN' CAR

 NISSAN OFFICIAL SPEAKS ON EVOLUTION OF THE ELUSIVE 'GREEN' CAR
 DETROIT, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Cars of the future will have a higher


content of plastics, which offer automakers design flexibility and the opportunity to reduce air pollution and use of landfills, according to Duane Miller, senior vice president of vehicle engineering for Nissan Research and Development Inc.
 Miller predicted an already accelerating use of plastics will increase as governmental demands for high-mileage, low-emission vehicles become stronger.
 However, a totally "green" car -- one that can be completely recycled -- actually is a "dream" car, Miller said in an address during the 1992 Environmental Management Forum sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers.
 "Today, automakers have to deal with the realities of building cars," Miller said, "and these realities -- such as stricter fuel economy and safety standards, impending clean air regulations and a highly competitive world market -- are posing challenges larger than just about anything the industry has had to face."
 Miller said plastics, when compared with steel, can help automakers address these challenges in a variety of ways, including:
 -- More flexible design characteristics
 -- Lighter weight for improved fuel economy
 -- Lower production and tooling costs, especially for unique concept or developmental vehicles.
 Increased use of plastics also can help automakers become more environmentally responsible, a prime Nissan objective worldwide, Miller said.
 In Japan and Germany, Nissan has begun programs to recycle polypropylene bumpers by pulverizing and repelleting them before merging them with virgin plastics to make air ducts, foot rests and other non-structural vehicle components.
 Neither program involves paint removal, a major stumbling block to plastic recycling in the past.
 Nissan also marks all plastic parts weighing more than 100 grams (3.5 ounces) for recycling programs.
 "We are proud of our achievements in recycling," Miller told the plastics engineers, "but we realize that until infrastructures are in place to make use of recycling technologies, the impact of our efforts will be minimal.
 "There must be cooperation between all entities involved in vehicle production as well as university labs, governments and other industries," Miller added. "Pollution and environmental destruction are global problems that don't recognize national borders, so solutions to these problems will only happen with cooperation from everyone, across the board."
 Nissan Research and Development is the automaker's North American design, engineering and research arm. It recently dedicated a new $80 million facility in Farmington Hills, Mich., as part of Nissan's program to localize its operations in major markets.
 In North America, Nissan's operations include styling, engineering, manufacturing, sales, consumer and corporate finance, and industrial and textile equipment. Nissan employs nearly 10,000 people in the United States and Canada and generates an additional 55,000 jobs through its 1,400 Nissan and Infiniti dealerships located across the continent.
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