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NISSAN TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS PROMOTE CLEANER CARS, HIGHER PERFORMANCE AND MORE EFFICIENT MANUFACTURING

 NISSAN TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS PROMOTE CLEANER CARS,
 HIGHER PERFORMANCE AND MORE EFFICIENT MANUFACTURING
 DETROIT, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- An environmentally safe air- conditioning system, advances in alternate fuel vehicles, and a system for improving stability during braking will be among the topics presented by Nissan engineers attending the 1992 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International Congress and Exposition in Detroit.
 The weeklong Congress, which runs Feb. 24-28, is one of the world's premier engineering conferences. Engineers from around the globe will present some 800 papers dealing with every aspect of vehicle engineering.
 The Congress provides an opportunity for engineers from competing companies to compare, and often share, basic research into a variety of subjects, including environmental and safety issues, new materials and advanced manufacturing systems.
 Nissan engineers will present 18 papers during the SAE Congress. Some of the topics to be discussed are:
 Environmentally Safe Air-Conditioning System
 Nissan engineers will describe an ozone-friendly air-conditioning system that actually improves on the performance, durability and reliability of current systems. The Nissan system, which uses a new refrigerator that doesn't harm the earth's protective ozone layer, will be fitted to all new Nissan and Infiniti vehicles sold in North America by the end of 1993.
 Progress Toward Practical Methanol Vehicles
 Advances in solving several remaining problems with methanol-powered vehicles will be reported in two papers. The first paper discusses techniques for improving the cold-start driveability of methanol-fueled vehicles. The second outlines strategies for reducing certain troublesome exhaust emissions, and also offers an overall look at the performance and emissions of the Nissan Flexible Fuel NX Coupe, currently undergoing fleet tests in California.
 Nissan Concept Electric Vehicle and Super Quick Charging System Development
 Nissan engineers present a straightforward look at electric vehicles and related technologies. This paper outlines the research objectives and drawbacks of electric vehicles and provides specific information related to the major technological features of Nissan's prototype Future Electric Vehicle (FEV).
 Managing Braking Force for Better Handling
 Nissan engineers have developed a braking system that can automatically correct the instability that often occurs when braking hard during a turn. Designed to supplement the anti-lock brakes now fitted to many cars, brake-force distribution brings a further improvement in safety and driver confidence.
 Customizing Car Audio Sound
 Nissan engineers will discuss a new audio system using digital signal processing that allows consumers to custom-design the acoustic space in their cars. The new technology can make the interior of a car sound like a concert hall, a jazz club, a living room or any of several other types of listening areas. The system also compensates for a number of audio problems inherent in a car's interior.
 Advances in Computerized Design and Testing
 Also featured at the Congress are papers discussing recent breakthroughs in the use of computer models to improve designs and reduce the development time of Nissan vehicles. One complex model, a detailed analysis of a crash test performed on a Cray supercomputer, provides new insight into the way vehicles perform in a crash.
 Another computer model details the performance of a collapsible steering column. Computers now allow Nissan engineers to study the combustion inside the cylinders of an engine, to analyze the vibration of a crankshaft and to reduce the squeal of disc brakes.
 Further information on the above topics will be available in the authors' published papers. These papers will be available at the Congress or from Nissan North America's Detroit office.
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 /CONTACT: Shuji Kawasaki or Jim Gill of Nissan, 313-393-1893/


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