Westport Innovations Inc.

Westport Innovations Inc.

December 17, 2007 09:01 ET

Westport Appoints Tony Picarello, Vice President, Global Heavy-Duty Sales and Marketing

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2007) - Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT) today announced the appointment of Tony Picarello as Vice President of Sales and Marketing of its Global Heavy-Duty Business Unit.

"With the Ports of LA and Long Beach looking to replace thousands of trucks with clean new replacement trucks, the time is now right for us to capitalize on this opportunity with the addition of a new senior sales and marketing executive to the Westport Global heavy duty management team. Tony's extensive experience with Volvo - one of North America's leading truck brands - will be invaluable as we continue to expand Westport's reach, brand and commercial deployment of heavy-duty LNG trucks in the marketplace," stated Michael Gallagher, President and Chief Operating Officer of Westport.

"The Westport LNG truck program has been attracting the attention of major private truck fleets in addition to the strong support demonstrated in southern California from the San Pedro Bay ports. Tony will be instrumental in ensuring that Westport's LNG truck product is front and centre as fleet managers continue to look for higher levels of environmental and economic performance."

With 20 years of proven experience in the global automotive products market, Mr. Picarello was most recently the Executive Director of Marketing for Volvo Trucks North America, responsible for brand, product management and business solutions. Prior to joining Volvo, Mr. Picarello held several senior executive sales and marketing positions with Ford Motor Company.

About Westport Innovations Inc.

Westport Innovations Inc. is a leading global supplier of proprietary solutions that allow engines to operate on clean-burning fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen and biofuels such as landfill gas. Cummins Westport Inc., Westport's joint venture with Cummins Inc., manufactures and sells the world's broadest range of low-emissions alternative fuel engines for commercial transportation applications such as trucks and buses. BTIC Westport Inc., Westport's joint venture with Beijing Tianhai Industry Co. Ltd., manufactures and sells LNG fuel tanks for vehicles.

Note: This document contains forward-looking statements about Westport's business, operations, technology development or the environment in which it operates, which are based on Westport's estimates, forecasts and projections. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, or are beyond Westport's control. Consequently, readers should not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. In addition, these forward-looking statements relate to the date on which they are made. Westport disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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