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June 29, 2012 08:20 ET

Westport Innovations Shares Surge as the Company Signs Second Deal With GM

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on Westport Innovations and Fuel Systems Solutions

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jun 29, 2012) - Plummeting natural gas prices and pressure to reduce emissions have made natural gas a viable option as an alternative fuel. Roughly 70 percent of our oil consumption is from gasoline. "This abundance of natural gas is something we weren't expecting as a country, but it's here now, and it's a gift we should take advantage of," says Steven Mueller, chief executive of Southwestern Energy Co. "There's huge savings here and a way to help to environment." Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Alternative Fuels Industry and provides equity research on Westport Innovations Inc. (NASDAQ: WPRT) (TSX: WPT) and Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSYS).

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Major auto-manufacturers such as Ford, GM, and Chrysler have begun developing vehicles that run on natural gas as U.S. consumers have finally begun to consider the commodity an alternative to gasoline. Ford currently offers eight powered natural gas vehicles, while Chrysler unveiled their pickup truck that runs on liquefied natural gas back in March. Westport Innovations just recently signed second deal with GM to develop natural gas engine technology. The first deal was announced last June. The governments of Pakistan and Iran have mandated a switch to natural gas vehicles. According to the Wall Street Journal the number of natural gas vehicles in the two countries totals 2.7 million and 1.9, respectively.

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"The expansion of our advanced natural gas technology collaboration with GM provides the potential for greater fuel efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions for the industry and the consumer," said Ian Scott, President of Westport Light Duty. "Our continued growth in light-duty is an important part of Westport's overall commitment to innovative natural gas transportation solutions." Shares of Westport Innovations surged over 9 percent after the announcement.

Fuel Systems Solutions is a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of proven, cost-effective alternative fuel components and systems for use in transportation and industrial applications. The company recently announced changes to their management structure. Shares of Fuel Systems jumped over 6 percent Wednesday.

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