January 27, 2004

Automakers exceed government vehicle emissions requirements

Washington, D.C. – The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade association of nine car and light truck manufacturers, announced that for model year 2004, more than 35 percent of all new vehicles will be Tier 2 compliant, exceeding the industry wide requirement by 10 percent.

To achieve Tier 2-Bin 5 classification, a vehicle must reduce NOx emissions by at least 75 percent over pre-existing levels. Under Tier 2, all passenger cars and light trucks must meet the same stringent emissions standards by 2009. In 1999, automakers committed to producing vehicles that met the new standards beginning in 2004.

Alliance President Fred Webber stated, “Tier 2 represented a significant challenge for automakers and I am pleased to report that we are meeting that challenge.”

Concurrent with today’s announcement, Honda announced that more than 60 percent of its 2004 model year Honda and Acura vehicles meet the Tier 2-Bin 5 emissions requirements.

Tier 2 also requires refiners to reduce the sulphur content of fuels by 90 percent. The introduction of lower sulphur fuels will ensure that advanced vehicle emissions controls will achieve their full potential.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is a trade association of nine car and light truck manufacturers including BMW Group, DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota and Volkswagen.

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