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Ask Patty Los Angeles Auto Show Blog Carnival: November 20, 2007

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 21st, 2007 3:15am

We want to interrupt our regularly scheduled Carnival to bring you an exclusive Los Angeles Auto Show carnival. We scoped and scanned the Los Angeles Convention Center to bring you the best of what was out there, from little commuter cars to large SUVs. More than a dozen concept and production vehicles made their global debuts while another 30 vehicles made their first appearances in North America. Sit back and relax for ...


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Chevrolet's Got The Beat: Global Online Poll Winner to Enter Production

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 20th, 2007 9:14am

A vehicle based on the Chevrolet Beat concept (which made its debut at AskPatty in our New York Auto Show Coverage as well as across auto shows around the globe and the Internet earlier this year) will go into global production, Chevrolet announced at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. An online poll that attracted more than 1.86 million voters helped influence the decision to take the cute little concept to final ...


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2008 Top Safety Pick Award Winners Announced

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 20th, 2007 9:11am

A total of 34 autos were chosen for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 2008 Top Safety Pick award. Vehicles are scored based on ratings for front, side, and rear crashes and must have electronic stability control (ESC), which can reduce risk of crashes. This year’s winners have more than doubled from last year, due to changes in vehicle designs. In addition, pickup trucks were finally eligible ...


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Great Tips To Help You Save Gas

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 19th, 2007 7:00pm

With gas prices hovering just above $3 a gallon, we're all looking for ways to save money at the pump. Goodwrench offers the following tips to help drivers conserve gas and reduce the load on your wallet. 1. Go the speed limit. Use cruise control. Speed limits are calculated for maximum safety - they'll also reward you with maximum gas mileage. You can get up to 20 percent more mileage traveling 55 mph than ...


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Dubai Motor Show Sights, Sounds and Highlights

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 19th, 2007 9:08am

The Dubai Motor Show, which ends today, has proved a success all round, with impulsive motor heads buying with the heart (as well as with huge wedges of cash, obviously) and a promising turnout of visitors and trade representatives every day. Attracting the biggest crowds were the numerous ostentatious offerings, namely muscle cars, concept designs and custom-made dream machines, which appeared more at home on a ...


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A Car Girl's Arabian Romance with Camels and Cars in Dubai

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 18th, 2007 4:28pm

While visiting Dubai this week to cover the Dubai Motor Show, I got an invitation to take a Chevy Tahoe four-wheel drive deep into the desert for a half-hour camel ride across the spectacular red dunes of Margham in the Arabian Desert about 40 miles outside of Dubai. Then abandon tradition for an altogether more breathtaking mode of transport: strapping on a sand board for an exhilarating ride down the steep-sided ...


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57 Tools for Do-It-Yourselfers (DIYers) from the Car Care Council

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 18th, 2007 1:00pm

Whether on the road or at home, you need to be equipped some basic survival items and tools that can make driving and living with your car easier, safer and more convenient. Here are some suggestions as a starting place, divided into two categories: Emergency Road Kit and Basic Maintenance Tools. You can customize the list according to your needs and your ambitions. The Car Care Council offer this list to help ...


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Women in the Automotive Industry: Liz Pilibosian, General Motors Vehicle Chief Engineer of the 2008 Cadillac CTS

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 15th, 2007 7:00pm

Liz began her GM career in 1982 as a project engineer at Pontiac Motor Division. Since then, she's worked on variety of technical projects including developing complex stress and vibration analysis models, hardware testing and validation, and evaulating underhood/underbody thermal validation, engine noise, and vibration on an assortment of vehicles, including Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, Chevrolet Lumina, Pontiac ...


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Improve Teen Driver Safety with 'Rookie Driver' Symbol

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 15th, 2007 7:00pm

Many parents feel defenseless in safeguarding their teenagers when they begin driving. There is one simple, yet important component often overlooked in improving teen driving safety: Identify the new driver's car. Parents can increase awareness of their teen driver by identifying their vehicle with a standardized 'rookie driver' symbol, advises Corinne Fortenbacher, president of Rookie DriverNet. The car ...


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Luxury, Speed, and Power Meet Hybrids and Energy Diversity at Dubai Motor Show Preview

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 14th, 2007 5:52pm

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktou, who is currently the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, as well as the Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders inaugurated the 8th edition of the Middle East International Motor Show today. The Middle East is a growing multi-billion-dollar market for ...


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