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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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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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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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Join GM LiveChat to talk green

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 5th, 2008 9:32pm

Want to influence GM's direction? Join their conversations. The GMNext website is an intriguing and proactive effort by America's largest car company to engage its stakeholders. Using interactive media, GM is engaging in conversation with us. On Thursday, Feb 21 from 1-2pm EST, Wes Bolsen, VP at Coskata hosted a live chat on the company's partnership with GM. Coskata plans to produce ethanol for under ...


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Chevy and Disney Rock the Future with Eco-Friendly Teen Initiative

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 4th, 2008 9:31pm

The next generation is going green as entertainment and education meet in effort to inspire Los Angeles-area schoolchildren to protect the environment, as Chevy joins Disney with "Chevy Rocks the Future." The program has been using a website and sweepstakes to educate, entertain, and engage the next generation of students and Hollywood personalities by introducing them to GM's creative environmental ...


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Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act Passes Senate

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 3rd, 2008 9:28pm

A collective cheer went up on Valentine’s Day as the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007 (H.R. 1216) was unanimously passed in the U.S. Senate. The bill addresses three of the most serious causes of injuries and fatalities to children in and around vehicles: getting caught in an automatically closing power window, being struck by a backing vehicle because of a blind zone, and placing a vehicle ...


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Custom Pink Cadillac Autographed by Aretha Franklin Auctioned for Music Cares

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 3rd, 2008 9:27pm

After the action got underway at the 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year Gala during Grammy Week, one lucky bidder was able climb behind the wheel of a one-of-a-kind Cadillac to drive down the "Freeway of Love" as stylishly as the "Queen of Soul" herself. Leo Bunin of California won final bid on a special pink Cadillac CTS - the 2008 Motor Trend Car of the Year - hand-signed by Aretha Franklin, and ...


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Green Tires Reduce Rolling Resistance

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 3rd, 2008 9:26pm

Car tires can play a role in improving our gas mileage – and regulators are starting to realize that. Tire makers are finding their industry being subjected to increasing regulations in reducing the rolling resistance of tires. One approach to achieve this is by reducing tire thread thickness to reduce rolling resistance. This regulatory approach will take some pressure off car manufacturers to shoulder ...


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