- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 14, 2005

British car show set April 24 in Alexandria

The eighth annual “Britain on the Green” show, sponsored by Capital Triumph Register, will be held April 24 in Alexandria.

The event, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will be held at the Collingwood Library and Museum, 8301 E. Boulevard Drive, along the Potomac River between Alexandria and Mount Vernon. All British cars are invited to participate.

The entry fee is $20.

Spectators will be charged $5.

The nearby George Washington Parkway will be closed for part of the morning of the show. For alternate directions and more show information, call 703/339-5871, or send e-mail to bog2005@capitaltriumphregister, or visit capitaltriumphregister.com.

Mustang Club plans show in Rockville

The National Capital Region Mustang Club is hosting a Ford and Mustang show April 24 on the Rockville campus of Montgomery College.

The show, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature judged classes for Mustangs and participant-vote classes for all other Ford products.

The rain date is May 1.

For more information, call Victor at 301/862-3235 or Jim at 410/721-1196 or visit www.ncrmc.org on the Internet.

GM will brand all of its models

General Motors has decided it needs a higher profile with the car-buying public.

So the GM logo will be put on all its recently introduced and new 2006-model vehicles in an effort to link the world’s largest automaker with all its cars and trucks.

The GM line comprises Pontiac, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Saab, Hummer, Saturn and Chevrolet. So the new 25 mm silver square embossed with “GM” will even be put on the Corvette.

GM said it immediately will begin phasing in the little badge on all of its North American vehicles.

Used Priuses fetch new-car prices

Toyota’s Prius hybrid is so popular that even used ones are selling at new-car prices.

A study by Kelly Blue Book and Harris Interactive found that, to avoid the typical two-month waiting period for a new Prius, car buyers are paying a premium to get a used one, according to a CNN/Money report.

The study found that 8 percent of consumers polled had considered buying hybrid vehicles during March — double the number in February.

Moreover, if gas prices reach $3 a gallon, 77 percent of the car shoppers said they would seriously consider a more fuel-efficient vehicle.

The hybrid Prius uses an electric motor in tandem with a gasoline engine to achieve an EPA-estimated 51 miles per gallon on the highway and 60 mpg in the city.

Satellite radio closer to being standard

Satellite radio has attracted three more car manufacturers.

Hyundai Motor Co. has announced it will install XM Sa-tellite Radio as standard equipment in all the South Korean automaker’s models.

Rival Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. has struck deals with Land Rover and Jaguar, both owned by Ford Motor Co.

Fax or mail items of interest to Bill O’Brien, Auto Notes, The Washington Times, 3600 New York Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. Use fax 202/832-2167. The deadline is 5 p.m. on the Monday before publication on Friday.

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