- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 21, 2007

St. Pat’s Day car show March 3 in Alexandria

The annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade Invitational Classic Car Show will be held March 3 in the 100 block of North Pitt Street in Old Town.

Registration for the car show will begin at 8:30 a.m., with judging starting at 10. Only those car owners chauffeuring a dignitary will be allowed to drive in the parade.

Because of parade day time constraints, the total number of participants for the car competition will be limited to 50. All vehicles must be pre-approved for the judging.

To obtain an application or more information, call the Alexandria Ballyshaners Inc. hot line at 703/237-2199, mailbox No. 2. Or visit the Ballyshaners Web site, www.ballyshaners.org, where a printable application form can be obtained.

Taurus to come back with lots of upgrades

The 2008 Ford Taurus features more than 500 improvements that make it more distinctive, quieter, faster and safer, according to the Detroit carmaker.

Highlights include new exterior styling, a new powertrain, a new all-wheel-drive system, more standard safety features and structural upgrades to further enhance crash protection.

The 2008 Taurus also features Ford’s 3.5-liter Duratec V-6 that delivers an estimated 260 horsepower — an increase of nearly 30 percent over the previous engine.

The resurrected car model is expected to debut this summer.

Publicity-shy Buffett balks car buyers deal

Used car sales usually don’t warrant fanfare, but the rules change when billionaire investor Warren Buffett is the one selling the car.

New York City businessman Bill Zanker sent out a news release Monday announcing his plans to pick up the car he bought last fall from Mr. Buffett in an online charity auction and to hold a news conference.

But Mr. Zanker didn’t anticipate Mr. Buffett’s reluctance to turn the delivery of his 2001 Lincoln Town Car into a media event.

“I timed it wrong,” Mr. Zanker said from the Omaha, Neb., airport Tuesday. “I should have called his office first.”

Mr. Zanker said it was still worth it to pay $73,200 for the car — Kelly Blue Book value is $11,200 — because he got to visit with Mr. Buffett for 45 minutes.Mr. Zanker said the biggest lesson he learned from their meeting was to be passionate about what you do in life. Mr. Buffett told him that he looks for business owners who are passionate about their businesses when he is shopping for companies.

Nissan to compete for India’s car buyers

Nissan will put its first sedan on Indian roads in March. Called the Nissan Teana, the gasoline-powered car will be marketed against Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Nissan currently sells only its X-Trail sports utility vehicle in India.

Nissan originally was scheduled to introduce the sedan under the name Cefiro, as it is known in some of markets around the world. The introduction had been slated for January, but the company decided it would be better to roll out the car in March under the Teana brand name, the way it is known in Japan.

The Nissan Teana is a midsized, front-wheel-drive model introduced in 2003. It is exported as Nissan Maxima and Nissan Cefiro to certain markets. It shares the platform with the North American Nissan Maxima and Nissan Altima.

The Teana going to India will be powered by a 2.3-liter engine, market sources said.

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