BEIJING — China's State Science and Technology Commission and Ford Motor Co. are making progress in their joint effort to develop a low-cost catalytic converter to reduce vehicle emissions. Speaking to the Chinese press at a recent conference here, William Powers, a Ford (China) Ltd. vice president, says the cost of making a converter has dropped to US$100 per unit, making it affordable for mass production. The move can't come too soon for Beijing drivers, where the city has upped its ...

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