Westport Innovations Inc. Offers Common Shares

VANCOUVER, Dec. 8 /CNW/ - Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT, NASDAQ: WPRT) announced today that it is offering to sell, subject to market and other conditions, its common shares in the United States and Canada pursuant to a preliminary prospectus supplement to its base shelf prospectus dated July 28, 2009. Copies of the U.S. preliminary prospectus supplement can be accessed through the SEC's website at www.sec.gov, and copies of the Canadian preliminary prospectus supplement are available at www.sedar.com.

Jefferies & Company, Inc. is the sole book-running manager for the offering. Lazard Capital Markets LLC is acting as co-lead manager and other underwriters include ThinkEquity LLC and Craig-Hallum Capital Group in the United States and Dundee Securities Corporation in Canada. The common shares issued under the offering will be listed on The NASDAQ Global Market. Westport intends to make application to list the common shares issued under the offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange, which listing will be subject to fulfillment of all of the listing requirements of the exchange.

The offering will be made only by means of Westport's preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying short form base shelf prospectus. Copies of the United States preliminary prospectus supplement, when available, may be obtained from: Jefferies & Company, Inc., Equity Capital Markets, at 520 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, 10022, and by phone at (212) 284-2342 or 1 (888) 449-2342 or by fax request at (212) 284-2208.

Copies of the Canadian preliminary prospectus supplement, when available, may be obtained from Dundee Securities Corporation, 1 Adelaide St. E., Toronto, ON M5C 2V9, and by phone at (416) 350-3303 or by fax request at (416) 849-1380.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the common shares of Westport in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

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. Westport's joint venture with OMVL SpA, Juniper Engines Inc., offers light-duty LPG engine solutions for industrial applications such as forklifts.

Note: This document contains forward-looking statements about Westport's planned public offering in the United States and Canada; listing on The NASDAQ Global Market and the Toronto Stock Exchange; information on Westport's business, operations, technology development or the environment in which it operates, and expectations related to the offering and listing. Forward-looking statements are based on Westport's plans, estimates, forecasts and projections and are not guarantees of future results or performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, or are beyond Westport's control, including market conditions, investor expectations and business and operating risks. There can be no assurance that Westport will complete the proposed offering or that its common shares will be listed on The Nasdaq Global Market or the Toronto Stock Exchange. Consequently, you should not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

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SOURCE Westport Innovations Inc.

For further information: For further information: Westport Innovations Inc., Darren Seed, Director, Investor Relations, Phone: (604) 718-2046, Email: invest@westport.com

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