Japanese automakers and major US automotive tool and equipment manufacturers will meet in Torrance, California from today (4/12/00) to review 2001 vehicle models. They will review new tool and diagnostic equipment developments in order to provide better service to American customers.

This 13th annual "Japanese Technical Week," co-sponsored by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) and the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) will feature discussions about the US aftermarket service and distribution systems.

The briefing, which will provide insights into emission and safety regulations, will take place at the Marriott Hotel until December 7th. The audience will hear presentations from JAMA, the Japanese vehicle manufacturers, ETI, and a representative from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Some 70 participants from 40 ETI members will attend the meeting.

"The continued global investment among automobile manufacturers along with the high tech operation of new vehicles is a challenge to the manufacturers and those who provide service. American auto owners must feel confident in the service they receive, whether it is done at a dealership or an independent garage," Yoshihiro Yano, deputy general director, JAMA USA said.

JAMA member companies participating in the briefings include Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru), Honda, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Suzuki and Toyota.

These briefings are part of activities stemming from "JAMA Action Plan for International Cooperation." This is a continuing effort to encourage interchange and understanding between car-related industries throughout the world. The last two meetings were held in Japan.