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Ask Patty Around the World Blog Carnival: October 23, 2007

Published Oct 24th 2007, 12:24pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

Askpatty_pumpkin October is drawing to a close, and it's almost time for Halloween trick or treating! This week's carnival is full of fun car goodies, and that's no trick!

Warren_brownonwheels Calling it a "peach of a ride to the apple orchard" Washington Post Staff Writer Warren Brown reviews the 2008 Saturn Vue XR. His daughters, Binta and Kafi, owners of foreign cars, wanted to drive and ride in the 2008 Saturn Vue XR AWD compact crossover utility vehicle in his possession. "That beguiled me, " he said. "They tend to be dismissive of most things Saturn." Read his complete review at TheWashingtonPost.

2008_chevrolet_malibu_lt_front Chevrolet is introducing what may be General Motors' most critical car launch on Wednesday, when it kicks off the campaign for the 2008 Chevy Malibu . The company will position the redesigned car, which carries a suggested retail price of $19,995, as an aesthetic tour de force and a value: a high-end ride at a mid-range price. What do you think? Have you seen the ads?

Cruisiemayerlogo Over at CruisieMayer, we learned about writing with symbols and metaphors, and deep in the middle, she wrote about how cars work as part of those devices, saying, "that pink Mustang is a flashy classic, completely open. The things the characters choose become important guides to their lives and personalities, and since a car is such a major purchase, it's a big giveaway." This blog shares an interesting writing lesson for both budding authors and car fans.

Vence As part of General Motors' Women's Retail Initiative, Vanessa Vence moved to Alice, Texas, where she has purchased the former Bradfords Motor Cars and renamed it Vence Lone Star Motors. "It's a sacrifice to be without my family, but if it was easy everyone would do it," she said. And it certainly isn't easy being a minority and female in the car dealership industry. Read more about Vanessa's business venture at

2008_suv_of_the_year_2008_mazda_cx9 Motor Trend announced that the Mazda CX-9 is Motor Trend's 2008 Sport/Utility of the Year, saying the CX-9 reigned supreme out of a diverse crowd of 11 contenders, and calling it one of the highest-quality fields Motor Trend has seen since it started evaluating sport/utilities.

Are_you_okay_bookAs a traveling poet and visiting teacher, Naomi Shihab Nye has spent a considerable amount of time in cars, both driving and being driven. In her latest book "I'll Ask You Three Times, Are You OK? Tales of Driving and Being Driven," her observations, stories, encounters, and escapades--and the kernels of truth she gathers from them--are laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving, and unforgettable.

Over at MalaysiansAbroad, Daphne is musing about the importance of carrying good insurance, reminding us that "Car insurance is definitely something all car owners must purchase before taking their cars out of the road."

Laautoshow_logo Green Car Journal's Award for Automotive Environmental Achievement Green Car Journal's Award for Automotive Environmental Achievement "2008 Green Car of the Year" will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show press days. The Green Car of the Year(R) award is designed to recognize environmental achievement in the automotive industry. Green Car Journal, the leading automotive environmental magazine, initiated this annual award in 2005 and it has continued to grow in significance as consumer demand for more fuel efficient and environmentally positive vehicles has increased exponentially.

Colorcar The Detroit FreePress says silver is still the top color for cars, but other hues are gaining fast. In fact, The Color Marketing Group, made up of designers from various fields, sees greens, blues and yellows gaining popularity. "Those are the colors of the future," said John Bredenfoerder, president of the group. Check out their cool color-changing car graphic!

Rosietheriveter This week's Women on Wheels goes nostalgic to remind women of American cultural icon Rosie the Riveter, who represented the six million women who worked in manufacturing plants producing everything from munitions to jeeps and tanks during World War II.
Read the complete blog to find out more about the real Rosie.

Waterlesscarwash It is said that a typical car wash uses between 20 to 45 gallons of water per car. A home wash can use between 80 and 140 gallons. So Green Earth Waterless Car Wash uses an organic coconut and water-based solution to remove dirty residue and keep the paint shiney. Check it out!

That's it for this week's AskPatty Cars Around the World Blog Carnival! Make sure to submit your article for next week's "Automotive Advice for Women Blog Carnival" using the online form or by emailing Ask Patty at

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