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 
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obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a 
result of new information, future events or otherwise except as required by 
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