Westport and Tata Motors Launch Natural Gas Engine Featuring Westport WP580 Engine Management System

 Westport and Tata Motors Launch Natural Gas Engine Featuring Westport WP580
                           Engine Management System

PR Newswire

VANCOUVER, Feb. 12, 2014

Target Light-Duty Vehicles and Medium-Duty Buses in India

VANCOUVER, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Westport Innovations (TSX:WPT /
NASDAQ:WPRT), engineering the world's most advanced natural gas engines and
vehicles, and Tata Motors Limited, India's largest automobile company, today
launched a new spark-ignited (SI) natural gas 3.8L turbocharged engine
featuring the Westport WP580 Engine Management System (EMS). Designed to
support many engine configurations, the Westport WP580 EMS is also scheduled
to be applied to Tata's 5.7L engine targeting medium-duty applications in late
2014.

"By combining our unique technology and Tata's leadership in India's
commercial vehicles market, we are able to introduce new natural gas products
and target the mainstream transportation markets in one of the world's fastest
growing markets for natural gas vehicles," said Thomas Rippon, Executive Vice
President of Westport. "The Westport WP580 offers breakthrough price,
performance, and flexibility for OEMs allowing them to use this advanced
technology even in cost-effective markets such as China and India."

"India has one of the largest natural gas light-duty vehicle fleets in the
world, and we see an enormous opportunity for natural gas trucks and buses
with the development of fueling infrastructure," said Rajendra Petkar, Head
Power Systems Engineering, ERC of Tata Motors. "By expanding our portfolio of
natural gas engines, we are focused on increasing our market share of the
natural gas vehicle and engine market."

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicates that India is the
fourth largest energy consumer in the world. Vehicles are the country's
second-largest consumer of energy (18%) after industry (42%), according to
Thomson Reuters Foundation, and rising vehicle numbers and fuel prices have
implications both for India's economy and its energy security. Westport
believes that the adoption of natural gas as a transportation fuel will help
reduce India's dependence on petroleum to meet the country's energy demand and
improve local air quality challenges. Building upon Westport's natural gas
components and aftermarket business in India, Westport is now establishing its
OEM footprint with Tata Motors.

The Westport WP580 EMS is a highly configurable system that has been
specifically developed for spark ignited, dedicated natural gas engine
applications and can be integrated with a wide range of proprietary Westport
fuel system components for flexible vehicle design and production. Its
advanced combustion control technology can optimize the engine for class
leading fuel economy, torque, and power while meeting existing and future
emissions and onboard diagnostic requirements. Westport has also set a new
benchmark with the WP580, with industry leading price performance and value,
allowing natural gas vehicles to be competitively priced with petroleum-based
vehicles.

Key features of Westport WP580 EMS:

  *Unique engine control strategies: The Westport WP580 EMS is specifically
    tailored to maximize the performance of the base engine. Key benefits
    include reduced fuel consumption and emissions, increased vehicle load
    carrying capabilities with launch torque, and integrated vehicle
    functionality.
  *Compatible and cost-effective design with natural gas components: With
    proven OEM track record, these natural gas components such as electronic
    control units and spark plugs have been fully validated for the
    application and manufactured to automotive industry quality standards
    resulting in high levels of reliability and lower cost.
  *Meeting current and future emissions profile: The system is designed to
    meet Euro VI emission standards.

Tata's SI natural gas 3.8L turbocharged engine featuring the Westport WP580
EMS was displayed at India's Auto Expo in New Delhi, India, from February 7 to
11.

Market Opportunity
India is one of the world's largest commercial vehicles markets. Its total
annual light-duty vehicle fleet and commercial sales are projected to reach
over 204,000 units in 2014 according to the Natural Gas Vehicles report
published by Navigant Research in June 2013. In addition, its total annual
medium- and heavy-duty truck and bus sales are projected to reach over 289,000
units in 2014, according to the Natural Gas Trucks and Buses report published
by Navigant Research at the end of 2013. Tata's 3.8L and 5.7L engine with
Westport WP580 EMS are primarily targeted for light-duty vehicles and
medium-duty buses in India. The combined addressable market is projected to be
more than 493,000 units in 2014 based on Westport analysis.

About Westport
Westport engineers the world's most advanced natural gas engines and vehicles.
More than that, we are fundamentally changing the way the world travels the
roads, rails and seas. We work with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)
worldwide from design through to production, creating products to meet the
growing demand for vehicle technology that will reduce both emissions and fuel
costs. To learn more about our business, visit westport.com, subscribe to our
RSS feed, or follow us on Twitter @WestportDotCom.

About Tata Motors
Tata Motors is India's largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues
of Rs. 1,88,818 crores ($ 34.7 billion) in 2012-13. Through subsidiaries and
associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea,
Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the
business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial
joint venture with Fiat in India. With over 8 million Tata vehicles plying in
India, Tata Motors is the country's market leader in commercial vehicles and
among the top in passenger vehicles. It is also the world's fifth largest
truck manufacturer and fourth largest bus manufacturer. Tata cars, buses and
trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle
East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, CIS and Russia.

Note: This document contains forward-looking statements about Westport's
business, operations, technology development or the environment in which it
operates, which are based on Westport's estimates, forecasts and projections.
These statements include specifically, statements regarding the future release
and timing of new products, including the application of the Westport WP580
EMS to Tata's 5.7L engine, migration to direct injection natural gas and
anticipated market trends and projected markets and sales figures. These
statements are not guarantees of future performance, are based on a number of
assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that are
difficult to predict, or are beyond Westport's control including the
development of competing products and technologies, availability and supply of
natural gas, price and supply of gasoline, timing of execution of agreements
with distributors, manufacturers and other counterparties, and other risk
factors and assumptions that may affect our actual results, performance or
achievements. Consequently, readers should not place any undue reliance on
such forward-looking statements. In addition, these forward-looking statements
relate to the date on which they are made. Westport disclaims any intention or
obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise except as required by
National Instrument 51-102. The contents of any website, RSS feed or Twitter
account referenced in this press release are not incorporated by reference
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SOURCE Westport Innovations Inc.

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Contact:

Inquiries:
Darren Seed
Vice President, Investor Relations & Communications
Westport
T 604-718-2046
invest@westport.com

Media Inquiries:
Nicole Adams
Director, Communications
Westport
T 604-718-2011
media@westport.com

Ms. Minari Shah
Head- Corporate Communications
Tata Motors
minari@tatamotors.com
T +91 887-905-5766
 
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