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2000 Future Car Congress to take an intensive look at the state of the technology

Warrendale PA,, Feb. 18, 2000 - Highly fuel-efficient, low-emissions automobiles will dominate the discussions at the 2000 Future Car Congress April 2-6, 2000 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the conference will showcase accomplishments in advanced automotive technologies and highlight the achievements of government and industry partnerships.

During the three-and-one-half day meeting, U.S. and international experts from government, industry and academia will probe various research approaches to develop automotive technologies that will reduce dependence on petroleum through greater energy efficiency while also reducing vehicle emissions.

"We're here to chart the future course of the automotive industry," said Dr. Robert Kirk, Congress General Chairman. "The issues we're addressing will have a major impact on the direction the automotive industry will take in the next ten years."

The opening panel on "Global Challenges - Partnering for Solutions" on Monday, April 3, will set the stage for further discussion on many issues related to the future car. The distinguished panel will discuss various viewpoints from Federal, State and industry perspectives on the challenges facing the global automotive industry and the partnership it will be necessary to form to make the future car a reality.

Panelists will debate what the next wave of future cars will be like on Tuesday, April 4 at the "Future of Technology - What is the Next Future Car?" Participants will compare the pros and cons of the "global" car versus the "regional" car.

An international panel, "What Role Can Government Play," on Wednesday, April 5, will outline and discuss what role government can play in the development and operation of the future car. The participants represent the European, Far Eastern and North American viewpoints on what government should do and what tasks industry should handle in the development of the future car.

The final panel on Thursday, April 6, "Marketability of the Future Car," will determine the best approach to marketing and selling the future car. Two representatives of manufacturers that are already marketing future cars will give their insights, as well as panelists from a public opinion consulting firm specializing in the automotive sector, a Wall Street investment house and a research and advisement organization.

The Society of Automotive Engineers is administering the Future Car Congress for the Department of Energy. To register online, click here. To fax credit card registrations, call 724/776-0869. To phone credit card registrations, call 1-877-606-7323 (U.S. and Canada only) or 724/776-4970 (outside the U.S. and Canada). Companies interested in exhibiting at Future Car Congress should call Jen Miller at 724/772-7178.

David L. Schwartz
phone: 724/772-8516
email: davids@sae.org