- The Washington Times - Friday, February 15, 2008

Maryland RV show next two weekends

The Maryland RV Show is this weekend and next weeken at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

A recent University of Michigan study found that nearly one in every twelve U.S. vehicle-owning households also owns a recreational vehicle as well.

The study, commissioned by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), found that a typical RV owner is 49 years old, married, and has an annual household income of $68,000.

The two show dates will give area families a chance to see the latest models and newest amenities in the recreational vehicle industry.

For more information, contact Charlotte at 410/561-7323, or call 1-888-GoRVing, or visit www.RVIA.org.

Isuzu quits vehicles in North America

Isuzu has announced that, as of Jan. 31, 2009, it will discontinue marketing new Isuzu passenger vehicles in North America.

The decision results from the expected cessation of production by General Motors of the Isuzu Ascender and the i-290 and i-370 pickup trucks.

“It has always been our intention to remain in the U.S. market,” said Terry Maloney, president and chief operating officer. “However, we were unable to secure any commercially viable replacements for these vehicles.”

Enhanced XM radio in Hyundai Sonata

XM, the nation’s leading provider of satellite radio, announced last week that 2009 Hyundai Sonata buyers will experience an enhanced XM radio listening experience through the vehicle’s available color, touch-screen navigation display.

The new display allows listeners to use a high-resolution touch-screen to scan through more than 170 channels offered by XM.

The display features sophisticated graphics, making it easy to glance at the XM channel name, song title, artist name, and category — whether it be music, sports, talk, news, comedy or traffic and weather.

Tesla boosts funds for electric car

Tesla Motors Inc., aiming to be the first high-volume electric car maker, raised an additional $40 million from Silicon Valley, Calif., investors to ensure that production can begin next month after delays and a management shake-up.

The cash will help Tesla overcome snags that put deliveries of its $100,000, battery-powered Roadsters six months behind schedule after the company changed to a new transmission maker, according to Bloomberg News.

Tesla’s Roadster is to go into production March 17 after being certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Roadsters will be built under contract for Tesla by sports car maker Group Lotus PLC in Hethel, England.

The car’s range on a full battery charge is at least 220 miles and it reportedly accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds.

The vehicle is powered by 6,800 rechargeable lithium-ion battery cells.

Turkmen drivers get free gas each month

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — Motorists have learned from the government that it will be giving drivers 120 liters of free gas every month.

Moreover, drivers of trucks, tractors and buses will get 200 liters each month, and motorcyclists will get 40 liters, according to a decree published in the government daily called Neutral Turkmenistan.

Coupons will be distributed at banks to anyone who can provide a passport and a registration document for their vehicle.

Turkmenistan, a gas-rich Central Asian state, has a Soviet-style economy dominated by the state.

Turkmen already benefit from free electricity, water and salt, Agence France-Presse reported.

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