In light of increased competition from international car co., the importance of automobile-related jobs to the U.S. economy, and other policy concerns, in 1993 Pres. Clinton announced a partnership between the Fed. government and 3 domestic auto manufacturers -- Ford, GM, and Chrysler, called the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV). This report examines several aspects of PNGV. Discusses the progress made to date toward achieving the partnership goals; describes the Fed. funding levels; identifies the technologies being developed; and compares the RaD activities of the auto mfrs. with research sponsored by the partnership. Tables.In Appendix I, GAO discusses the Toyota Prius and the Honda Insight. ... In addition, the Prius is based on a conventional steel body, rather than the aluminum and injection-molded thermoplastic used in the PNGV concept vehicles to reduce their weight. ... The Insight is currently available only with a manual transmission.
|Author||:||Jim Wells, Daniel Haas|
|Publisher||:||DIANE Publishing - 2000-08-01|