- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Miniature car show set in Dunn Loring

The Capital Miniature Auto Collectors Clu b is presenting the first of its twice-yearly shows Sunday in Northern Virginia from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The show, which can be of interest to fans of small-scale and full-size vehicles alike, will be held at the Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire House Community Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring.

Admission is $5 for adults; children under 12 will be admitted free.

Door prizes will be presented at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Miniatures of all types — new and old, die-cast and plastic, handmade and promotional — will be on display.

For more information, contact Jim Brostrom at 703/941-0373 or send e-mail to [email protected]

New York’s auto show to open in mid-April

The New York International Auto Show will be at the Jacob K. Javits Center again this year from April 15 through April 23 with approximately 1,000 vehicles on display.

The center, at 11th Avenue between 34th and 39th streets, has 846,000 square feet available for the show.

Hours will be Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 14, is designated as a public sneak preview date. Daily admission is $14 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

Groups of 10 or more can get a $1-per-person discount.

Tickets will be available at the door or online at www.autoshowNY.com. Credit cards are welcome and will be accepted at special walk-up kiosks.

U.S. carmakers’ sales drop in three decades

Fifty-seven percent of the nation’s new vehicles are sold by American companies, according to research by the Brookings Institution.

In 1970, GM, Ford and Chrys- ler sold 87 percent of vehicles on the road, the Associated Press reported.

DaimlerChrysler ends Smart Forfour

German-U.S. carmaker DaimlerChrysler will stop production of its four-seater Smart Forfour model because of poor sales performance, with a resultant 300 job losses, Agence France-Presse reported.

But the end of production will have to be negotiated with Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and other partners in the project, according to a company statement.

The Smart Forfour is currently produced in the Netherlands in partnership with Mitsubishi. DaimlerChrysler plans to concentrate in the future on the two-seater Smart Fortwo.

The company said the brand name would be integrated into the Mercedes-Benz group and “would show positive results by 2007.”

Smart, a maker of small town vehicles, has never made a profit. It started restructuring last year after reported losses of $720 million.

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 number 202/832-2167. The deadline is 5 p.m. on the Monday before publication.

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