- The Washington Times - Friday, February 22, 2008

Maryland RV show ends this weekend

The Maryland RV Show ends this weekend 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.

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 show gives 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.

Ford chose Fiesta to be consistent

Ford Motor Co. opted to call its new worldwide small car Fiesta to keep the same name in all markets, the company’s manufacturing chief said.

“You can’t have a different name because we’re in the U.S. instead of the U.K.,” Group Vice President Joe Hinrichs said during a speech to two business groups in Dearborn, Mich. “We aligned around the need to be consistent around the globe.”

Ford, which disclosed the Fiesta name last week, showed prototypes of the new model with the name Verve at auto shows in Frankfurt, Germany, in September and in Detroit last month. The company has sold small cars named Fiesta in Europe since 1976. Ford sold a small car called Fiesta in the U.S. from 1978 until 1980.

The automaker, based in Dearborn, begins producing the new worldwide Fiesta in Europe this year, with plans to sell it in Asia between 2008 and 2010 and in Asia and North America in 2010.

The model reflects Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally’s strategy to sell more models worldwide and stretch investment dollars further, Bloomberg News reported.

Set side mirrors for best visibility

Motor Matters suggests that when setting your side-view mirrors get as wide a view as possible.

Set the mirror on the driver’s door by moving your head to touch the door’s glass window; then set the mirror outward until the side of the car is seen only in the inside edge of the mirror.

Then lean over to the center of the car and set the passenger-door mirror outward until the side of the vehicle is only visible on the inside edge of that mirror.

Then you will have a wide-open view of the road behind, enabling you to see approaching rear traffic across a wide swath.

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