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USCAR FORMED AS UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION FOR BIG THREE CONSORTIA

     USCAR FORMED AS UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION FOR BIG THREE CONSORTIA
    DEARBORN, Mich., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler, Ford and General Motors today announced the formation of the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR), an umbrella organization that will recommend, monitor and promote pre-competitive research among the Big Three.
    Collective research and development consortia among the Big Three in specific non-competitive areas have been under way for some time.  There are eight such consortia in existence that USCAR will cover for administration and information services, funded by the member companies.
    USCAR was born out of informal meetings of Chrysler's Francois Castaing, vice president of vehicle engineering; Ford's John P. McTague, vice president of technical affairs; and GM's Gary W. Dickinson, vice president and group executive-technical staffs.
    Don Walkowicz, formerly GM's manager of technical staffs and business planning, has been appointed executive director for USCAR. This position will rotate among the Big Three every two years.  Also named to the USCAR staff is Larry A. Weis, formerly public affairs manager - Ford Division, as USCAR communications director.
    "USCAR will monitor the status of all existing and proposed consortia as a one-stop source for anyone seeking information about our joint R&D programs," Walkowicz said.
    USCAR's objectives are to:
    -- Monitor current joint research projects and consortia;
    -- Consider and recommend new joint research and development projects and consortia;
    -- Interact with other organizations (SAE, MVMA, AIAG, etc.), supplier companies, and government agencies;
    -- Share results of joint projects with member companies;
    -- Seek and recommend funding from public and private sources for joint research and development;
    -- Provide facilities and administration for consortia, as appropriate.
    "Although our competitive objectives in the marketplace remain, we all sense the benefits of working together on key areas of technology," Dickinson said.  "These are areas that require significant breakthroughs to improve products for the customer or reduce problems as they relate to the environment."
    "Consortia are an efficient way to conduct research and evaluate alternatives, concentrating research and development on the most promising technologies," McTague said.  "By pooling resources, we are able to better tackle the technological hurdles that will affect the entire industry.  The societal benefit of such joint efforts is improved products in the market sooner."
    While promoting technologies that mutually benefit the U.S. automotive players is a primary goal, Castaing added that other industry issues will be examined by the group.  "These include, but are not limited to, commonality of standards for materials to make supplier companies more efficient and cooperative vehicle "teardown" programs to gather data on competitive products from abroad," Castaing said.
              EXISTING R&D CONSORTIA IN ORDER OF FORMATION
    Automotive Composites Consortium
    Auto Oil/Air Quality Improvement Research Program
    United States Advanced Battery Consortium
    CAD/CAM Partnership
    High Speed Serial Data Communications Research and Development
     Partnership
    Environmental Science Research Consortium
    Vehicle Recycling Partnership
    Low Emissions Technologies Research and Development Partnership.
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    /CONTACT:  Larry Weis of USCAR, 313-248-4296/
    (C GM F) CO:  Ford Motor Company; General Motors Corporation; Chrysler
     Corporation ST:  Michigan IN:  AUT SU:  JVN 545 06-08-92 11:17 EDT DH -- DE006 -- 8021 06/08/92 15:05 EDT
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