- The Washington Times - Friday, August 17, 2007

Car club banquet Sept. 8 in Lanham

Old Cars Unlimited of the District is hosting its annual Black Tie Banquet Sept. 8 in Lanham.

The organization says it is “dedicated to the preservation of antique and classic cars.” Cars from the 1920s through the 1970s will be on display.

Tickets cost $60 in advance and $65 at the door, and “proper attire is a must,” meaning no jeans, work boots, tennis shoes or athletic wear, according to the sponsor.

In addition to dinner, a cash bar will be available. The evening also will feature speakers, live music, door prizes, a dance contest and a raffle. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Metropolitan Area Boys and Girls Club.

The event will be held 8 p.m. to midnight at the LaFontaine Bleu, 7963 Annapolis Road, Lanham. For more information, call Curtis Brevard at 240/751-2982, Allen Smith at 202/374-0255 or Devron Thornton at 301/294-7724.

Honda FCX to get federal tax credit

Honda’s hydrogen-powered FCX is eligible for the federal government’s Qualified Fuel Cell Motor Vehicle Credit Program.

The Internal Revenue Service announced recently that the development vehicle qualified under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which seeks to promote affordable, dependable and environmentally sound production and distribution of energy for America’s future.

The FCX vehicle’s only emission is water vapor. It is propelled by electricity generated by a hydrogen fuel cell in conjunction with an advanced ultracapacitor.

“This tax credit helps offset the higher costs associated with the early development of advanced-technology vehicles that reduce [carbon dioxide] emissions and dependence on oil. It is further validation that the FCX is a real vehicle and another step toward market viability,” said Stephen Ellis, fuel-cell marketing manager at American Honda Motor Co.

Survey shows satisfaction up

Satisfaction with dealership service continues to rise, even as customers are paying for more service work instead of relying on factory warranties, according to a major market researcher.

The J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Customer Service Index says the average vehicle brand achieved a satisfaction score this year of 876 on a 1,000-point scale. Among customers who said their problem was not fixed right the first time, almost half said they would return to the dealer for customer-paid work.

Between January and April, J.D. Power surveyed 84,485 consumers with new vehicles built for the 2004-2006 model years, Automotive News reported.

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