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Toyota A-Bat and GMC Denali XT: Concept Twins Separated at Birth

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 12th, 2008 9:39pm

Auto show season always reveals an abundance of concept cars meant to provide insight into technologies or designs the manufacturers intend to put into production somewhere down the road. These cars are sometimes fanciful creations that seem so far-fetched it appears they might never see the light of day. Usually, however, underneath the science-fiction trim, exists real technology waiting to be developed for practical ...


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Volvo Recalls 82,000 cars

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 11th, 2008 9:41pm

Volvo, a part of the Ford Motor Company, recalled 82,000 cars worldwide due to a fuel pump electronic module problem. These modules, which monitor the fuel pump, could corrode from water or salt due to rain and (trying to melt) snow. The problem could occur in the S40 and V50 models from 2004-2006. Volvo representatives stated that the recall was only for corrosive markets where there’s a lot of rain or salt ...


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Go to a NASCAR race, meet your soulmate

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 11th, 2008 9:40pm

Is NASCAR the new singles meeting place? Having worked in NASCAR for many years as a beat reporter, I am apt to say no -- it’s more like a playground for singles to hook-up, girls to trade booty for hot passes to get into the garage, and a place for unhappily married men to have a reprieve from life at home in the arms of equally shady chicks. However, my opinion aside, if you’re looking for love at ...


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Discussing Ford's Blueprint for Sustainability

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 10th, 2008 9:39pm

Ford used the Detroit Auto Show to debut its plan for energy security by releasing information about its new EcoBoost engine technology, which begins with a direct-gasoline-injected, turbocharged V-6 engine to reduce weight and increase fuel efficiency. I was extremely fortunate to be invited to represent AskPatty at a dinner with Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and other select journalists to discuss Ford's ...


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Theriault ready to claim place in racing world

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 10th, 2008 9:36pm

Michelle Theriault grew up with her and her father, David, watching family friends race Quarter Midgets at local race tracks in Connecticut. When Michelle was five, she saw a race car for sale and asked to sit in it. The moment she hoped in, the race car driver from within emerged. She turned to her Dad and said, "I want this." Theriault competed in Quarter Midge, and earned 200 wins. She is the five ...


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Google Automotive Thought Leader Bonita Stewart and Her Predictions for 2008

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 10th, 2008 9:35pm

Meet Bonita Stewart who is the director of the automotive vertical at Google. Stewart is responsible for leading a national team that develops and manages Google's relationships with automotive marketers. Stewart is part of the vertical markets group at Google which are senior industry specialists who help marketers in specific industries address their unique objectives and challenges. Recently she was interviewed ...


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Pontiac Empowers United Spinal Association with Motorability Car Culture Island in Second Life

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 8th, 2008 12:33am

Pontiac's Motorati Island is getting a second life by making a very generous donation of the very successful seven-region car culture island in Second Life to United Spinal Association. The newly named Motorabilty Island aims to continue catering to the car culture community in Second Life with a twist, by providing an opportunity to empower the 10,000 United Spinal Association members to join Second Life and ...


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GPS For A Directionally Challenged Woman Driver

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 7th, 2008 9:34pm

I navigate by landmark, so directions can be very challenging. Landmarks work well when you are already familiar with a place. The bank is right next to the big old city hall that is painted yellow and I can see its big dome from afar. The entrance is right down the road that passes the front of city hall, flanked by two tall, distinctive-looking redwood trees. As I cruise around neighborhoods I know, familiar ...


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NHTSA Releases New Car Seat Safety Ratings

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 7th, 2008 9:34pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released new car seat ease-of-use ratings. A new five-star ratings system will help parents evaluate car seat features before they buy. Safety isn’t a factor in the ratings because all seats rated by the NHTSA meet Federal Safety Standards and crash performance standards. The seats are rated in four categories: Evaluation of ...


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Fiesta Reborn in the Verve, Ford's Got Some Nerve

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 5th, 2008 10:33pm

At the moment I was given a sneak peek at Ford's sporty Verve concept, I knew it was love at first sight. Here before my eyes was a sleek sedan. It was sexy, shapely, sporty. It looked fast and it had four doors. It answered my motherly personal need for the function of a four-door with the price-point, performance, and efficiency of a coupe. It was presented to us at the Detroit Auto Show as simply a concept ...


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