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GM Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle: From Concept to Market

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 19th, 2007 5:30pm

I am filing this after a day at the GM Equinox Fuel Cell media outreach event -- "Electric Drive University". After having read Sherry Boschert's "Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars That Will Recharge America" and watched "Who Killed the Electric Car?" (2006) by Martin Sheen, I was really curious to hear directly from GM its side of the story. The event showcased the GM Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell ...


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Saturn Astra Test Drive Event Coming to a City Near You

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 17th, 2007 9:44pm

Saturn Astra - the all-new sport compact car with the European-bred driving dynamics of Opel - arrives in dealerships early next year. Some of us have seen this car along the auto show circuit during the last year, but those enthusiasts who want to be among the first to see, feel, and drive the new Saturn Astra can participate in one of 14 test drive programs being held this fall across the United States, ...


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Ask Patty Around the World Blog Carnival: October 15, 2007

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 17th, 2007 9:37pm

It's October and this is not a trick; we're still promoting Breast Cancer Awareness month as a time for people to come together and use the power of community to make a difference for such an important cause. The CafePress Breast Cancer Donation Shop contains hundreds of products designed and donated by generous CafePress community members. CafePress donates an amount equal to 40% of the retail price of all ...


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Ask Patty Featured in Motor Age Magazine

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 15th, 2007 2:31am

Women and the Automotive Aftermarket: As Consumers, They're Strong; As Executives, They're Moving Up the Corporate Ladder This could either be a very long story or a rather short one, depending on the point of view you elect to follow. On one hand, women in the aftermarket ...


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2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Promises to be Fuel Economy Leader

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 12th, 2007 8:14pm

Saturn promises that its all-new 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line hybrid will have a fuel economy rating of 25 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway. Offering as many as 585 miles on just one tank of fuel under optimal conditions, this compact SUV could just have the best highway mileage of any sport utility vehicle currently on sale. Saturn has announced that the Vue Green Line will have a ...


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Check Vehicle Lights Before Daylight Savings Time Ends

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 12th, 2007 8:06pm

The end of Daylight Savings Time happens in most parts of the United States on Nov. 4 and creates unfamiliar driving conditions that can be hazardous without proper vehicle lighting. The Car Care Council recommends vehicle lights be checked before the clocks “fall back” to help ensure safe driving, especially during dusk and peak evening traffic hours. A vehicle’s lighting system includes ...


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Is a Hybrid or an SUV greener? Well, that depends...

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 11th, 2007 10:20pm

This week I happened to chance upon two situations of people debating their relative environmental impacts, with each side thinking she is more eco-friendly. In both cases, one party owns a more efficient vehicle while the other insists she lives a lower impact lifestyle overall despite having a less efficient vehicle. So in this post, I will compare the vehicle usage patterns of two drivers – one a hybrid ...


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Danica Patrick's ABC's of Getting Your Car Winter Worthy

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 8th, 2007 3:55pm

Danica Patrick, IndyCar(r) Series sensation offers the ABC's of making your car ready for winter: "I learned how to drive in the Midwest, famous for some of the most extreme winter weather conditions," Danica said. "This taught me that harsh weather can be very hard on a car. You're risking a breakdown if you don't take the time to prepare your vehicle for the winter, even if you ...


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Going Green—On the Road and at the Car Wash

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 8th, 2007 3:54pm

While drivers are becoming more environmentally conscious by purchasing hybrid vehicles, many may not be aware that washing those automobiles at professional car washes also positively impacts the environment. Environmental Partners, Inc., Issaquah, Seattle, conducted two tests in 2006 to measure the potential impact of untreated car wash discharges into the storm water system (and thereby to streams and ...


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Ask Patty Press Week of October 5, 2007

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 5th, 2007 10:56pm

AskPatty at Kzero.co.uk: "Supersize Me. Design values in virtual worlds" It's interesting to assess how virtual worlds are built. Taking Second Life as an example, the vast majority of the landscape has design values based on the real world. There's houses, with windows and roofs. There's roads with stop signs and road markings. ... Here's some examples of supersized objects and places in Second ...


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