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SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEMONSTRATIONS AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

 SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEMONSTRATIONS AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW
 NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- An unprecedented, comprehensive showing of the auto industry's safety exhibits and alternate-powered vehicles will be the highlight of the 1992 New York International Automobile Show, the nation's largest automobile exhibition.
 For the second consecutive year, Responsible Motoring will be the theme of the 92nd annual New York Auto Show, April 18-26, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
 A majority of the displays, such as Chrysler's future electric TEVan minivan, will be gathered in a 5,000 square feet special Responsible Motoring Exhibit in the Crystal Palace Lobby.
 Other relevant displays, such as General Motor's revolutionary 100- MPG Ultralite concept sedan, will be located throughout the show at the individual manufacturer's exhibits.
 "We have adopted the Responsible Motoring theme for the auto show," said Martin Beiner, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, sponsors of the show, "because the auto industry is investing millions of dollars on various safety and alternate-power programs and the public needs to be aware of how these affect the cars they buy and drive.
 "With over one million visitors, and our location in the media capital of the world, we decided the New York Show was the perfect venue to bring the information to the people."
 Visitors to the Responsible Motoring Exhibit, in the lobby of the Javits Center, will see the latest developments, and obtain information on, the alternative-fuel and alternate-power vehicles that have been developed to reduce auto emissions and improve air quality. Many of the vehicles exhibited are already available to the public or will soon be.
 Mercedes-Benz of North America will display its flexible-fuel 300SE sedan, designed to operate on a mixture of methanol and gasoline ranging from straight gasoline to 85-percent methanol.
 Two alternative-fuel vehicles, both currently available, will be displayed by Chevrolet: a Variable Fuel Vehicle Chevrolet Lumina that operates on mixtures of methanol and/or gasoline and a C2500 3/4-ton pickup with a 5.7-liter V8 that runs on liquefied petroleum gas (propane).
 Volkswagen of America will show its multi-fuel Jetta, a flexible- fuel sedan that operates on mixtures of methanol and gasoline. This Jetta currently is on the road in California undergoing extensive "real- world" testing.
 GMC Truck will display its Sierra pickup truck, modified to run on compressed natural gas. This vehicle is currently available.
 Chrysler will display two alternative-fuel vehicles: a Dodge Full- sized van, currently on the market, that operates on compressed natural gas; and a flexible-fuel Plymouth Acclaim, schedule for sale in the Fall, that operates on any mixture of gasoline or methanol. What is significant about this Acclaim is it can operate on either 100-percent methanol, 100-percent gasoline or any mixture in-between, where-as most flex-fuel vehicles need at least 15-percent gasoline.
 A multi-fuel Saab 9000 with freon-free air conditioning also will be at the Responsible Motoring Exhibit.
 Other alternative-fuel vehicles at the show will be the Subaru Rioma, flexible-fuel all-wheel-drive concept sports car; Ford's compressed natural gas Drifter concept sport utility; Mazda's HR-X prototype with a hydrogen-powered rotary wankel motor; and, at a City of New York Alternative-Fuel Vehicle Program exhibit, there will be a flex- fuel Ford Taurus and an Electric G Van.
 Today, many manufacturers are close to building and marketing electric-powered, zero emission automobiles.
 Electric-powered vehicles in the Responsible Motoring Exhibit include: Ford's Ecostar electric van, which uses sodium-sulfur batteries and is already seeing fleet usage; and Chrysler's TEVan, an electric minivan, using nickel-iron battery packs.
 Also on display at the auto show are the following electric vehicles: Ford's Connecta family commuter vehicle, which borrows the Ecostar's sodium-sulfur battery system; the Nissan FEV, future electric vehicle, which uses 23 nickel-cadmium batteries and can be 100-percent recharged in 15 minutes; the BMW E2 American-designed commuter with a thermoplastic body, aluminum subframe and sodium-sulfur batteries; and the Dodge Epic (electric powered interurban commuter) concept minivan which uses nickel-iron battery packs.
 "Safety is also part of Responsible Motoring," added Beiner, "and visitors will have an opportunity to see and learn about some of the latest advances designed to protect them in their vehicles."
 Cadillac will have its "Leadership in Auto Safety" video display and vehicle on the floor for visitors to examine. This exhibit will help explain how many safety systems like air bags, crumple zones and anti- lock brakes work.
 The Allstate Insurance Company will have the powerful Vince and Larry Air Bag Simulator on display so visitors can see exactly how an air bag can protect them in a collision.
 A Rear Seat Safety display will be presented by Volvo at the exhibit. Here, a person can have their weight read on a giant scale and then have it translated to the pounds-of-force that would be created if they were sitting in the back seat and the car were hit. Volvo wants to stress that wearing a rear-seat belt is important.
 Safety exhibits will abound throughout the auto show as each manufacturer seeks to educate the public.
 At the Subaru Traction Center, visitors will see an all-wheel-drive Subaru Legacy perched 12 feet above the show floor on an arch-shaped display which houses a mini-theater. Under the car, a three-and-a-half minute video demonstrates Subaru Traction -- the combination of full- time all-wheel-drive and four-channel anti-lock brakes.
 At Chevrolet, a narrator and video program will combine to describe and explain the safety features of the Corsica sedan.
 At the Volvo exhibit, visitors can see the Volvo Simulated Crash Safety Show which incorporates an actual 900 series sedan shell with an adult and a child passenger. The vehicle will simulate a crash into a wall and show the various safety features at work by way of a video monitor wall and spotlight. The features identified are the crumple zones, air bags, child safety seats, anti-lock brakes and side impact protection structures. This is a loud, powerful demonstration.
 "The Responsible Motoring exhibit and theme set the tone for the entire show this year," Beiner said.
 A variety of other exhibits and concept vehicles will address additional Responsible Motoring issues such as recycling.
 Nearly every manufacturer will be showing the latest in automotive- technology with cutaways of new vehicles, air bags, engines and other car sections.
 "We want visitors to the show to know that the auto industry is working hard and making progress in these important areas. Plus, the public needs to be aware of all the products available for protecting the environment and themselves," Beiner concluded.
 92nd New York International Automobile Show
 April 18-26
 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
 New York, N.Y.
 For information: 1-800-282-3336
 Tickets: $8 adult, $2 children under 12
 Hours: Sunday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
 Monday to Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
 RESPONSIBLE MOTORING MEANS PLEASE BUCKLE UP
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 /CONTACT: Stuart Schorr of Kermish-Geylin Public Relations, 212-315-4900/ CO: New York International Automobile Show ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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