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Michelin(R) Pilot(R) Sport PS2(TM) Tire Expands Driving Performance Without Compromise 

CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA, Barcelona, Spain, March 1/ -- Michelin North America launched its "Year of Performance" with the introduction of the Michelin(R) Pilot(R) Sport PS2(TM) ultra-high-performance tire.  The first of four new performance tires scheduled to be introduced to the replacement market in 2004, the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tire is designed to expand driving performance without compromising key attributes like wet and dry grip, cornering and durability.

The Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tire goes on sale at authorized Michelin dealers in the United States and Canada March 1, 2004, and in Mexico on April 5, 2004.  It will be available in 59 sizes.


Dodge Launches All-New 2005 Dodge Magnum

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 1 / -- Doge has an illustrious history of muscle cars powered by HEMI(R) engines and rear-wheel-drive performance.  Now, Dodge unleashes power in an updated, state of the art way with the launch of its 2005 Dodge Magnum.

The legendary engine that powered Dodge's muscle cars of the 1960s has been re-engineered and reborn as a modern, high-performance, fuel-efficient and durable power plant known as the all-new 5.7-liter HEMI V-8.  The HEMI-powered 2005 Dodge Magnum RT will be the first modern production vehicle in North America to feature cylinder deactivation when it goes on sale in the spring of 2004. 


Cost, Safety and Fuel Economy Top DuPont Automotive/SAE Survey

DETROIT, March 1/ -- While cost is still the top concern for 33 percent of attendees at the 2004 SAE World Congress, 13 percent named safety as their top concern; and 12 percent selected fuel economy and alternative powertrain issues as paramount, according to the 10th annual DuPont Automotive/SAE Survey. 

The Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress runs March 8-11 in Detroit.  Recyclability will become more important to the industry during the next five years, according to nearly half the respondents, who represent a cross section of the automotive supplier and OEM design and engineering community.


Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act Introduced in U.S. Senate

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 1 / -- The Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE), has announced a major step forward for consumers with the introduction of SB 2138, The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, into the U.S. Senate. 

Vehicles that are 1994 and newer are equipped with on-board computers that control the repair, service and parts replacement information on all systems of the vehicle. Without this information, motorists are forced to return to the car dealerships in order to have their vehicles "completely" repaired and parts replaced.



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