- The Washington Times - Friday, February 8, 2008

Car show continues at Baltimore center

The 2008 Motor Trend International Auto Show continues through Sunday at the convention center in Baltimore with more than 400 of the latest cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs.

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

Also on display are 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 are also displayed.

Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and tomorrow, 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.

RV show set for Maryland

The Maryland RV Show is coming Feb. 15-17 and Feb. 22-24 to the State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

A recent University of Michigan study found that nearly one in 12 U.S. vehicle-owning households now owns an RV, too.

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

Proposal would set tire-buyer registry

Federal regulators are hoping to make tires safer for drivers with the introduction of regulations making it easier for consumers to register tire purchases so they can be contacted about a recall, according to the Detroit News.

The proposal would allow tire dealers to register tires or give consumers a Web site address to do so when they buy new tires.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association said tire makers strongly support the proposal.

GM forms group to rev up hybrids

General Motors Corp. has formed a new global engineering group to speed development of electric and hybrid vehicles and get them to market more quickly, according to the Detroit News.

The team will have operations in Warren and Milford, Mich., as well as Germany and Shanghai.

“We can accelerate these programs and get them into production quickly and efficiently,” according to Jim Queen, GM’s group vice president of global engineering.

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