- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 2, 2006

Aspen Hill is site of free vehicle show

The eighth annual antique, custom, rod, military, motorcycle and special-interest car show is scheduled for tomorrow at the Aspen Hill Shopping Center in Montgomery County.

The public can attend at no charge and there will be no registration fee for those participating in the judging.

Food and beverages will be available at the site, 13661 Connecticut Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Door prizes and live entertainment also are planned. The rain date is Sunday.

For more information, call 301/519-2835 or send e-mail to [email protected]

Miniature car show slated in Dunn Loring

The Capital Miniature Auto Collectors Club will present its second show of the year Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire House Community Hall in Northern Virginia.

The show will consist of approximately 60 tables of vendors selling miniature autos of all types.

Admission is $5 for adults; children under 12 get in free. Models will be awarded as door prizes at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

The show hall is located at 2148 Gallows Road in Dunn Loring.

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

Volvo offering seven new looks

Volvo is introducing seven new or redesigned models within four years, according to Automotive News.

The vehicles include the redesigned C70, which was rolled out earlier this year, the just-launched S80 flagship sedan and the new C30 hatchback, arriving next summer.

Redesigns of the S60 sedan, V70 station wagon and XC crossover should come in 2008 or 2009, the industry watcher reported.

A new crossover based on the S40 platform, called the XC50, also is expected within two years.

Kia breaks ground for first U.S. plant

Kia Motors Corp., marking the latest step in a plan to expand sales in North America, has broken ground in Georgia for a $1 billion plant that the Korean company said should produce about 300,000 vehicles a year when it reaches full capacity.

The plant, Kia’s first in the U.S., will begin production in 2009 and employ 2,500 people, according to the company.

Five or six suppliers that plan to locate near the plant could create an additional 2,000 jobs, it is estimated.

Side air bags helpprevent fatalities

Every year more than 9,000 people die in side crashes on U.S. roads, according to statistics released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Among these deaths are the drivers, all of whom died of head injuries. None of them were protected by side air bags, which reduce fatality risk. A side air bag design with head protection reduces the risk by 37 percent.

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