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Washington Auto Show Public Policy Events
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013: Cannon House Caucus Room, Capitol Hill
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013: Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Jan. 30: National Journal Live Policy Summit, 8-10:30 a.m.

Affordable Mobility: A Roadmap to Energy Efficiency

(Virtual Press Office) --  Affordable transportation is an essential part of the American economy. Most forms of transportation rely on fuel consumption, and leading the conversation in keeping transportation costs low, while creating economic sustainability, is fuel efficiency. However, some economists say that new fuel-efficiency standards for vehicles sold in America have costs of their own and will benefit the environment less than a straight tax on gasoline, which leaders from both sides of the aisle have ruled out.

Fawn Johnson, Correspondent, National Journal
Amy Harder, Correspondent, National Journal

Mitch Bainwol, President and CEO, The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Robert J. Bienenfeld, Senior Manager, Environment and Energy Strategy, Product Regulatory Office, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Don Chalmers, President, Don Chalmers Ford, Board Member, National Automobile Dealers Association
Rebecca Lindland, Director of Research, IHS Automotive
Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Mary Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources Board
Reg Modlin, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Chrysler Group. LLC
Tom Stricker, Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs and Energy and Environmental Research, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Jan. 31: Public Policy Day at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

The day offers a private preview of The Washington Auto Show® to government, industry and media officials. The daylong schedule of events features a government keynote address by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and an industry keynote by Audi of America President Scott Keogh. The evening boasts a celebratory Sneak Peek Reception and a special tribute to Edsel B. Ford II, who will receive the Keith Crain/Automotive News Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Keith Crain, Editor-in-Chief of Automotive News, and special guest Roger Penske.

8:00 a.m. 

Newsmaker Breakfast sponsored by Washington Automotive Press

Association (WAPA) and International Motor Press Association (IMPA)

8:45 a.m.

Keynote from Scott Keogh, president, AUDI of America

9:30 a.m.  

Stakeholder Panel: A Roadmap for 2013: Principles to Guide Policymakers

Leaders of associations representing automakers, suppliers and dealer will

summarize top policy priorities in the new Congress.

Panelists: Mitch Bainwol,President & CEO,Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; Governor   Matt Blunt,President,American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC); Robert "Bob" McKenna,President & CEO, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA); David W. Regan,Vice President, Legislative Affairs, National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA); Randall Scheps,Global Marketing Director, Automotive Sheet – Alcoa, Chairman - Aluminum Association Transportation Group

10:05 a.m.         

Green Car Technology Award Winner Announcement-Green Car Journal

10:30 a.m.          

US Army's Rapid Equipping Force Seeks Innovations from Automotive Industry

10:55 a.m.           


11:15 a.m.           


11:35 a.m.           

General Motors (Lunch)

12:45 p.m.         

A published guide to Advance Technology (Go to Level 1)

1:00 p.m.            


1:30 p.m.           

Government Keynote Address: U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu: "The Department of Energy's EV Everywhere Grand Challenge"

1:55 p.m.           

Metro Council of Governments:
Electric Vehicles: Making Good Business Sense

2:15 p.m.              

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) – An Energy Star partnership

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.   

SAE International Plenary Session (Room 145AB)

A conversation on meeting Safer & Cleaner Transportation in a Digital Age.

Moderator: Angela Greiling Keane, Reporter, Bloomberg News

Panelists: Greg Cohen, President, American Highway Users Alliance; Chuck Gulash, Senior Executive Engineer, Toyota Technical Center, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc.;Robert P. Hartwig, President, Insurance Information Institute; Anthony Levandowski, Google's Self-Driving Car Project; GummadaMurthy, Associate Program Director, Operations, AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials);

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.   

Sneak Peak Reception and Preview of the 2013 Auto Show.

7:00 p.m.            

Reception and Dinner: Keith Crain/Automotive News Lifetime Achievement Award honoring Edsel Ford II. Introduction by Roger Penske, 2012 Recipient


The Washington Auto Show opens to the public, Fri., Feb. 1 and continues through Sun., Feb. 10.


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