Global Automakers

Support of EPA Decision to Continue Studying Effects of Mid-Level Fuels

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February 1, 2009

ARLINGTON, Va.,- The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM) supports the decision announced this morning by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to further study the potential effects of “mid-level” fuels (higher than E-10) on gasoline internal combustion engines.

“AIAM and its member companies have consistently supported efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while significantly increasing fuel economy,” said Michael J. Stanton, president and CEO of AIAM. “As we search for the appropriate use of renewable fuels, however, we must not inadvertently create durability or emission control problems with the 240 million gas powered motor vehicles currently in use in the U.S. It is only through thorough testing that we’ll know whether or not the use of higher blends in vehicles built to run on E-10 will create problems that are worse than the cure.”

EPA recognizes that any changes in renewable fuels for the transportation sector must be implemented in an environmentally responsible manner, and one that does not cause damage to existing vehicles and other products that are fueled by gasoline. AIAM is pleased that EPA is taking sufficient time to identify any potential negative consequences to the performance, durability, drivability and warranty coverage of passenger cars and light trucks.

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