OSRAM SYLVANIA Helps Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept Light Up the North American Auto Show Circuit

HILLSBORO, N.H., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The new Ford Shelby GR-1 concept, a vehicle presently receiving rave reviews at a number of auto shows in the United States, features the latest light emitting diode (LED) headlamps from OSRAM SYLVANIA.
The two-module, LED headlight system on the Shelby GR-1 concept features the distinctive shape and sharp output of trapezoidal High Intensity Solid State (HISS) headlamps. The forward lighting system was created by OSRAM SYLVANIA in concert with its affiliate, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors Inc.
The Shelby GR-1 concept appeared as a static model at the California International Automobile Show a few months ago. The fully engineered and running Shelby GR-1 concept, in hand-polished aluminum, recently finished a successful stint at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
This pioneering concept vehicle tests the performance and design capabilities of LED forward lighting. Two LED modules work together to create
optimum low and high beam output. While one module provides beam spread, the other creates the "hot spot," or beam center. The compact LED system allows automakers more external design flexibility.
"The Shelby GR-1 concept demonstrates the level of integration that can be achieved with a system approach to lighting design," said Mike Tucker, engineering manager for OSRAM SYLVANIA.
"This innovative system is powered by OSRAM Opto Semiconductors' ThinGAN(R) LEDs, which feature a lumen efficiency of 50 lumens per watt, at
350 milliamps of power," explained Mike Godwin, product marketing manager for OSRAM Opto Semiconductors Inc.
Prior to this collaboration, OSRAM SYLVANIA's Joule(TM) LED technology was showcased on the Mustang GT-R concept at the 2004 New York Auto Show.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures and distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With more than 327,000 employees worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive-related services include Ford Credit, Quality Care and Hertz. Ford Motor Company celebrated its 100th anniversary on June 16, 2003.

About OSRAM SYLVANIA
OSRAM SYLVANIA is the world leader in automotive lighting for OEMs and the aftermarket. The company's global automotive lighting division has its principal North American operations in Hillsboro, N.H., with nearly 1,000
employees. In addition to TS 16949, this facility has also achieved ISO 9001
and 14001 certifications. OSRAM SYLVANIA along with its affiliate, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, designs, develops, manufacturers and markets world-class automotive light sources including auxiliary, advanced halogen, LEDs and HID technologies for interior, exterior and forward lighting applications. Automotive applications for OEMs are marketed under the OSRAM brand while products for the aftermarket are sold under the SYLVANIA brand.
Headquartered in Danvers, Mass., OSRAM SYLVANIA is the North American
operation of OSRAM GmbH. Together with our parent company, we are the second-largest lighting and materials enterprise in the world, serving customers in more than 140 countries. We manufacture and market a wide range of lighting products, including automotive, electronic and magnetic ballasts, and precision materials and components for industrial and commercial users, original equipment manufacturers and consumers, sold primarily under the SYLVANIA brand name, but also under the OSRAM brand. OSRAM SYLVANIA also offers lighting systems installation and maintenance services. For further information, please refer to our Web site at http://www.sylvania.com .

About OSRAM Opto Semiconductors
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors is a wholly owned subsidiary of OSRAM, one of the world's two leading lighting manufacturers in the world. It offers its customers solutions based on semiconductor technology for lighting, sensor and visualization applications. The company employs more than 3,400 people worldwide and operates sites in Regensburg (Germany), San Jose (USA) and Penang (Malaysia). Sales for the year ending September 2004 totaled EUR 459 million, 11% of the total sales of OSRAM of EUR 4.2 billion. For more information, visit http://www.osram-os.com


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