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Staten Island Students to compete at National Automotive Technology Competition 

NEW YORK, Feb. 12/ -- Two high school seniors from Tottenville High School in New York have won the right to compete in the National Finals of the National Automotive Technology Competition. Daniel Sin and Thomas Ulitto will compete April 13th and 14th at the 2004 New York International Auto Show. 

The competition was created by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association as a way of recruiting qualified auto technicians and to boost the level of training in schools.   


SmarTire Announces Second Generation Tire Monitoring System for Motorcycles 

RICHMOND, BC, Feb. 12/ - SmarTire Systems Inc. announced that it has launched its second generation tire pressure monitoring system for motorcycles. The SmarTire motorcycle product, features an integrated receiver/display that provides real-time tire information to the rider while the bike is in motion. At a push of the button, the SmarTire system displays each tire's pressure, temperature and pressure deviation. If the system detects a loss of air pressure or abnormally high tire temperature, an ultra-bright warning light automatically alerts the rider to the condition. 


Michelin(R) New X-Ice(TM) Winter Tires Take the Bite Out of Snowy Driving Conditions 

GREENVILLE, S.C., Feb. 12/ -- When next winter arrives, consumers will have the advantages of the new Michelin(R) X-Ice(TM) and Michelin(R) Latitude(TM) X-Ice(TM) winter tires to help them overcome icy and snow-covered roads.  

These new tires contain a new technology that helps deliver outstanding traction by providing flexibility where the tread surface comes into contact with the road, allowing the rubber compound to progressively soften at the road's surface, while remaining rigid near the tire belt, thus providing intense grip and superior handling on winter roads. 


AAA Says Gas Prices Up a Dime in the Past Month 

BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 12/ -- Travelers can expect higher prices at the pump during peak traveling season this summer.  AAA reports the average price of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline in Washington has increased 10 cents in the past month to $1.696 per gallon. The national average for self- serve regular unleaded gasoline is $1.634 per gallon, seven cents higher than one month ago. 

An announcement earlier this week by OPEC to cut production by 1 million barrels per day, coupled with springtime refinery changeovers to summer formulated gasoline blends could lead to higher prices at the pump during the next several weeks.



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