Industry, government experts will discuss car of the future

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  • What: Automotive News World Congress

  • When: Jan. 14-17, 2002

  • Where: Hyatt Regency Dearborn, Dearborn, Mich.

  • Extras: Gala dinner Wednesday, Jan 16. Tour of the North American International Auto Show Thursday, Jan. 17

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  • Clean air and Internet connectivity are among the most powerful forces driving vehicle design. Many concept cars are hybrids or are powered by fuel cells, and several have navigation systems and Internet connections.

    Communications and electronics executives Dave Wohleen and Marios Zenios and Department of Energy official David Garman will discuss these hot topics Jan. 15 as part of the Automotive News World Congress panel on "The Car of the Future."

    Wohleen, a Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. executive vice president, helped Delphi cut the cord from General Motors in 1999. He is an engineer and has led Delphi's electronics division since 1998.

    Wohleen began his automotive career at GM in 1978. In 1997 he moved to Delphi's Delco Electronics Systems as general director of engineering. When GM spun off the supplier, Wohleen became president of electronics and mobile communications.

    Zenios, a 16-year Motorola Inc. veteran, leads Motorola's charge into telematics as senior vice president of the automotive communications and electronic systems group.

    Zenios pioneered development of microprocessor-based electronic engine controls at Caterpillar Inc. While at Motorola, Zenios launched the auto industry's first high-volume electronic instrument display. Garman's focus is on energy and the environment. He has testified before Congress backing hydrogen power as an alternative power source and supports alternative fuel research.

    President Bush appointed Garman assistant secretary of energy efficiency and renewable energy for the Department of Energy in April.

    Prior to his appointment he was chief of staff to Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, and was on the staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

    Wohleen, Zenios and Garman will join Larry Burns, GM r&d vice president, and Gerhard Schmidt, Ford Motor Co. vice president of research, on the panel.

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