Automakers and fuel researchers will discuss advancements in low pollution engine technology and improvements in fuel efficiency for SUVs at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) sponsored "Clean SUV and Light Truck TOPTEC®: Focus on EPA's Tier II Standards," June 8-9, 2000 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan.

This TOPical TEChnical workshop will feature invited experts who will discuss the latest developments in emission control technology, vehicle systems, and alternative fuel options for sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), light trucks, and minivans. The TOPTEC will also review the new, stricter federal regulations that will require automakers to achieve the same emission standards for SUVs and light trucks as they do for passenger cars.

The event is of timely interest due to the huge popularity of SUVs and larger vehicles among American consumers, in spite the rising cost of gasoline. Predictions about future consumer interest in SUVs will also be shared.

TOPTEC highlights include keynote presentations by Kenneth R. Katz, Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Program; and Peter Brown, Associate Publisher of Automotive News.

The TOPTEC® is being held concurrently with the SAE Automotive Manufacturing Conference and Exposition and the SAE Digital Human Modeling for Design and Engineering event at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn.

For more information or to register, contact SAE Professional Development at 724-772-7148, by FAX at 724-776-4955, by e-mail at profdev@sae.org, or visit the SAE web site at www.sae.org/calendar/toptecs.htm .