- The Washington Times - Friday, February 1, 2008

Auto show will start in Baltimore Feb. 7

The 2008 Motor Trend International Auto Show will be in Baltimore Feb. 7-10 at the convention center with more than 400 of the latest cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs.

The show will feature concept vehicles including Chevrolet Camaro, Jeep Wrangler JT, Dodge Challenger and the Suzuki Zuk.

Also on display will be several all-new or redesigned vehicles including the Nissan Rogue, Volvo C30, Honda Accord, Jeep Liberty, Ford F-250 Super Duty and a collection of hybrids including the Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Altima, GMC Yukon, Saturn Aura Green Line, Toyota Highlander and Lexus RX.

Show patrons interested in fuel efficiency can follow the “green trail” on the show floor to see the latest vehicles using green technology.

An area called “aftermarket alley” will show off the latest sport compacts, high-performance vehicles and luxury models featuring customization, mobile electronics and accessories. Models from Eurowerkz, Prestigious Innovations and Team VI will be on display.

Show hours are Thursday from noon to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for military members and seniors and $4 for children ages 7 to 12. Children under 6 are admitted free.

To buy tickets online or get directions, visit www.autoshow baltimore.com on the Web.

Owner’s manual has tips on servicing

The best way to keep your vehicle in good shape is to follow the guidelines in the owner’s manual. If it’s lost, contact the manufacturer to get a replacement.

Some service shops have their own schedule, which can be more frequent than that recommended by the car manufacturer in the manual. If so, ask the service shop to explain why service must be more than the recommended schedule.

New wiper blades stressed for safety

The third annual Seemore Safety Campaign is tomorrow and will highlight the importance of safe windshield wipers.

The day is sponsored by the glass product Rain-X and automotive authority Barbara Terry.

A recent Rain-X survey found that 78 percent of motorists only change wiper blades after the blades begin to impair visibility by streaking and become a poor-weather hazard.

“Many drivers consider their wiper blades a service replacement item, when in fact they are a vital component of a vehicle’s safety features,” says Ms. Terry. “A simple way to improve driving safety visibility is to clean the windshield every time when filling the gasoline tank and carefully inspect the blades. In most cases, wiper blades are not difficult to replace and, for those who are not certain of the procedure, most major auto retailers offer free blade installation with purchase.”

For more information, visit www.barbaraterry.com or www.rainx.com on the Web.

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