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Kitchen Trash Becomes Car Fuel!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 3rd, 2008 10:11am

Did you know the answer to reducing petroleum dependency and producing environmentally efficient fuel may be right in your kitchen trash? Household garbage, old tires, and even plant stalk all contain carbon which can be turned into fuel for our cars and trucks. And all of this can be done cheaply and efficiently. Building upon General Motor’s 25 years of biofuel research and energy alternatives for ...


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Toyota: Greenest Car Company?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 29th, 2008 10:14am

In the latest Auto Pulse survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, Toyota is ranked as the greenest car company (by 49% of respondents). The nationwide telephone survey ran from Dec. 6-10, 2007, polling 2,037 adults. Honda came in second, at 26%, about half the score of Toyota, while Ford came in third, at 16%. The runaway success of the Prius gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles, ...


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A Million Inches of Hair for Women with Cancer

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 28th, 2008 10:06am

I love long hair. I’ve had hair almost to my waist several times in my life. And I love to feel it blowing in the wind when I’m in a convertible. Once, on the way home from L.A., I let my hair blow out of the truck window while my husband drove the scenic route on the 101 all the way back to San Diego. It took two hours to comb the snarls out of my hair, but I still enjoyed it. But some women aren’t ...


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So You Want to Buy a New Car?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 27th, 2008 10:05am

CNN found that 75% of people surveyed would rather go to the dentist than a car dealership. Most people do however love driving their new car off the dealership lot. Emotions run high when buying a new car. Never be afraid to walk away from a car deal if it doesn't feel right. On the other hand, if your questions have been answered and the deal feels right, take a deep breath, buy your car, and enjoy the drive ...


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12 Steps to Getting Better Gas Mileage!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 26th, 2008 9:55am

There are a number of things you can do to ease the money coming out of your wallet to pay for gasoline to power your car. The easiest and most effective way to save money on gas is to park it. Hide the keys from yourself and walk or ride a bike. If you need to go a greater distance try carpooling. This will cut your fuel costs in half and you don’t have the expense of maintaining a car. If you live in a larger ...


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Israel -- The First Electric Car Nation?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 25th, 2008 9:51am

On Jan. 21, 2008 Renault-Nissan President and Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn announced in Jerusalem that they will begin producing a customized electric car for the Israeli market in 2011. The idea is the brainchild of former SAP executive Shah Agassi's, who formed a venture specifically for this project, name Project Better Place, based in Palo Alto, California. The five passenger Renault Megane will serve as ...


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Snow Means Fun Fun Fun!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 25th, 2008 9:42am

I like snow as much as the next person, which is about this much (holding fingers only an inch apart). The reason being that snow basically brings with it wet socks, wet floor mats, too many layers, red noses, and the harsh reality of needing a vehicle that can handle the winter weather. There are many different things you can do to make driving in snow and winter conditions safer. You can invest in good winter tires - ...


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'Driving Independence' Focus of 2nd Annual Disability Matters Awards Hosted by General Motors

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 21st, 2008 9:16pm

Registration is now open for the second annual Disabilities Matters Conference; its theme will be centered on 'Driving Independence.' The national meeting will feature three panel discussions on how a variety of work/life, diversity, and marketing initiatives can help increase the personal independence of individuals with special needs both in life and work. The conference will take place on July 22, 2008, at ...


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Mary Barra to Lead General Motors Global Manufacturing Engineering

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 21st, 2008 10:16am

General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner recently announced that Mary Barra, currently executive director, vehicle manufacturing engineering, was appointed GM vice president, global manufacturing engineering, effective February 1. In her new position, Mary reports to Gary Cowger, GM group vice president, global manufacturing and labor relations. She will succeed Jim Wiemels, who will retire April 1 after 43 years of ...


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Green vs. Safety New Trend of US Car Makers?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 21st, 2008 9:38am

Recently, a lot of talk about cars have been about the alternative green vehicles -- electric, hybrid, biodiesel, ethanol, biofuel, fuel cell. We are served with ads after ads of car companies out competing each other on being green. Even if you are not wondering when you can buy it and are enjoying the positive vibe of these feel good ads, you may be getting sick of them like me. However, perhaps we are ...


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