SAE Strengthens OEM Coalition for Its World Congress -- General Motors, BMW AG, Toyota to Host Events from 2005 Through 2007

Warrendale, PA - February 2, 2004 - The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) announced today that is has reached agreements with the host companies for its 2005 through 2007 SAE World Congress events. General Motors Corporation previously agreed to host the SAE 2005 World Congress, while BMW AG (Bayerische Motoren Werke) will now host the 2006 World Congress event and Toyota Motor Corporation will host in 2007.

SAE in recent years has sought to build a strong coalition of OEM support and international representation for its flagship event, held each year at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.

General Motors has hosted the SAE World Congress many times over its 58-year history. BMW AG became the first ever European-based manufacturer to host the event when it did so in 2000. Toyota Motor Corporation will become the first manufacturer with headquarters in Asia to do so when it takes the reins in 2007.

"Having host company agreements from such top-notch companies on three continents this far in advance is a terrific development for SAE World Congress. With Ford's great support this year, with Phil Martens' serving as General Chairperson, Group Vice President, Product Creation, Ford North America, General Motors hosting the SAE centennial meeting next year, and then to add companies the caliber of BMW AG and Toyota in '06 and '07 is a best case scenario for us" said Dave Amati, Director of Automotive Business for SAE. "When we are able to actively engage companies like these in a leadership role for SAE World Congress, we're finding the event itself continues to transform into something very special."

Jim Queen, Vice President, North American Engineering for General Motors Corporation, is the General Chair for the SAE 2005 World Congress. General chairs have not yet been announced by BMW AG and Toyota for the 2006 and 2007 SAE World Congress events. Below are the dates for the next four SAE World Congress events.

SAE 2004 World Congress - Sponsored by Ford Motor Company: March 8 - 11, 2004
SAE 2005 World Congress - Sponsored by General Motors Corp: April 11 - 14, 2005
SAE 2006 World Congress - Sponsored by BMW AG: April 3 - 7, 2006
SAE 2007 World Congress - Sponsored by Toyota Motor Corp: April 16 - 19, 2007

All SAE World Congress events will be held at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. SAE Media Contact: Steve Yaeger - 724-772-4068, syaeger@sae.org