Former CIA Director to Keynote Auto Industry Conference Focused on Alternative Fuels and Achieving MPG Goals

Former CIA Director to Keynote Auto Industry Conference Focused on Alternative
                        Fuels and Achieving MPG Goals

PR Newswire

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., March 26, 2013

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --R. James Woolsey, former
director of the Central Intelligence Agency and co-founder of the US Energy
Security Council, will lead off a panel discussion with executives from Ford,
GM, Toyota and Chrysler at a meeting in Southfield, MI March 28 that will
focus on how the automotive industry plans to achieve the EPA-mandated CAFE
equivalent of 54.5 mpg by 2025 and reduce CO2 emissions.

The meeting is sponsored by the Society of Automotive Analysts and is themed
"Future Fuels and Powertrains: A Reality Check." It will take place from 7:30
a.m. to 11 a.m. at Federal-Mogul Corp. headquarters in Southfield, Mich.

Knowing that America is heading for a crisis because of U.S. dependence on
petroleum in the face of exploding global demand, Woolsey co-founded the U.S.
Energy Security Council to do something about it.

Joining Woolsey will be:

  oSandy Stojkovski, president, Scenaria, Inc.
  oGregg Black, senior manager, Advanced Engine Systems Development, Chrysler
  oJohn Viera, global director, Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental
    Matters, Ford
  oJustin Ward, general manager, Powertrain System Control Group, Toyota
  oDaniel Frakes, manager, Vehicle Fuels & Advance Technology Policy,
    General Motors

"Seldom in the history of auto industry has there been such agreement as we
now find on achieving the twin goals of national energy security and CO2
reduction," said SAA President Anthony Pratt. "Read any automaker's annual
Corporate Sustainability Report; it's there in black and white. The auto
industry is spending billions to reach those goals. We will examine how we are
doing as a nation and as an industry in our attempt to reach those goals."

"Automakers are exploring all alternatives – battery power, hybrids, fuel
cells, clean diesels, and IC engines with further improvements – along with a
variety of alternative fuels and vehicle weight reduction," Pratt added. "But
which approaches are showing the most promise? Which technologies are being
hamstrung by lack of infrastructure or fuel type and quality? Are oil
companies actively involved supporting change?"

For registration and to view the complete agenda, go to

SOURCE Society of Automotive Analysts

Contact: Mike Hedge, +1-248-789-8976
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