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  Target Light-Duty Vehicles and Medium-Duty Buses in India  VANCOUVER, Feb. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - 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. 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