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MB 300SL Gullwing Celebrates 50th Anniversary 

NEW YORK, April 6 / -- Fifty years ago Mercedes-Benz held the international unveiling of its now-legendary 300SL Gullwing coupe at the New York Auto Show.  An unusual event for an auto company that still unveils most new cars at European shows, the New York debut recognized the unique appeal of the 300SL in the U.S. market. 

The current SL500 is the first SL with a automatic retractable hardtop -- technology that transforms the car from a luxury hardtop coupe to a top-down convertible in 16 seconds at the push of a button.   

 

J.D. Power and Associates Says Consumer Awareness of Hybrid on the Rise 

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., April 6/ -- With U.S. gas prices continuing to spike, more consumers will be looking at vehicles with clean diesel engines or hybrid electric powertrains to provide some relief at the pump, according to J.D. Power and Associates. 

The study of 7,126 consumers who purchased a new light vehicle in the past three years, finds that more than 75 percent of respondents express an awareness of hybrid electric powertrain technology, while 40 percent indicate an awareness of clean diesel engine technology.   

 

Hyundai Motor America Puts Women in the Driver's Seat at Safety Seminar 

NEW YORK, April 6 / -- Today at Show Piers on the Hudson thirty professional women participated in Hyundai Motor America's defensive driving seminar, A Girlfriend's Guide to DefenSAFE Driving.  Racing veteran, Lyn St. James, the only woman to be named Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, and other top female drivers conducted the course that concentrated on life-saving driving techniques, including threshold braking (extreme braking without skidding), steering correction and skid control. 

A new survey indicates that although women are skilled drivers, some aspect of driving intimidates 64 percent of them, and 45 percent are most concerned with regaining control of a car to avoid an accident. 

 

CarMax Foundation Gives a Boost to Protect Older Kids 

RICHMOND, Va., April 6 / -- CarMax, Inc., the nation's leading specialty retailer of used vehicles, and the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) announced today that the CarMax Foundation has made a $50,000 donation to fund the immediate startup of the National Partnership on Booster Seat Safety. 

The partnership will serve as a catalyst to increase usage of booster seats.  Booster seats make standard seat belts better fit children, primarily 4-to-8-year-olds, who have outgrown forward-facing child seats.  The National Partnership on Booster Seat Safety will share messages about booster seat safety with health care professionals, public health organizations, schools, corporations and policymakers. 

 

Walter P. Chrysler Museum Will Host First-Ever Collection of Chrysler Classic, Custom and Concept Vehicles 

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 7/ -- The Walter P. Chrysler Museum will present Inspired Chrysler Design: The Art of Driving, an all-Chrysler special exhibition featuring extraordinary cars spanning eight decades, Thursday, May 27 - Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004. 

The exhibition will showcase vehicles recognized for design and engineering excellence from distinguished private collections, the Museum Collection and the Chrysler Design Group.  Among the more than 25 cars assembled for the collection are a 1924 Chrysler B-70 Phaeton, a 1932 Chrysler Imperial Speedster, custom-built for Walter P. Chrysler and a 1941 Chrysler Newport Phaeton concept.

 

 


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