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Electric motorbikes - where will they be marketable?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 19th, 2008 3:36pm

First, electric cars. Now electric scooters. Would this be another class of vehicle to go zero-emission soon? I sure hope so, for the millions of motorbikes that are polluting the air in developing countries. Here is a picture of Ho Chih Minh City in Vietnam during rush hour. I have tried crossing the street (there is no choice if you are a pedestrian there) and it is real scary. Here is a picture of ...


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My Son Learns to Drive ...Again!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 18th, 2008 3:33pm

My son is taking driver's training lessons right now. This would not be anything exciting for most mother's however, my son is thirty-five, got his driver's license when he was 16, had a car accident in 2005 which resulted in paraplegia and is learning to drive again with hand controls! I am so excited, worried and proud of his desire to get right back into life and have his freedom back and participate ...


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Growing The 85 Percent Niche -- Women and Women of Color

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 18th, 2008 3:32pm

"What," you may ask, "is the 85% Niche?" And, "What does it have to do with the automotive market?" Well, the answer to that is twofold: The 85% Niche stands for the power that women represent as consumers in the automotive industry. Yes, women influence the purchase decision of up to 85% of all new car and truck sales in this country and buy over 44% of all new vehicles! That's ...


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Vote for America's Favorite Mom

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 17th, 2008 10:12pm

Before I got my license, my mom drove me everywhere. I had band practice, choir, FHA, Beta Club, and church activities. She never complained about playing chauffeur. In fact, I think she enjoyed the time we would spend on the way talking about, well, everything. And when I was old enough, she helped teach me to drive. She let me drive to church. Mom didn’t get (too) mad when I hit the side of the garage with her ...


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Goodyear's Diversity Program

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 17th, 2008 3:31pm

During the Speedweeks, Goodyear introduced its new Racing and Diversity program in conjunction with NASCAR. “Goodyear is proud to offer deserving high school students a unique opportunity to experience first-hand the wide variety of career opportunities available through the sport of NASCAR,” said Kris Kienzl, NASCAR Marketing Manager at Goodyear. “Thanks to our longstanding, uninterrupted ...


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AskPatty in the News, March 1 through March 15, 2008

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 17th, 2008 12:28am

March 5, 2008 AskPatty in Auto Remarketing.com" "NIADA Names AskPatty.com as Preferred Provider" The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association recently announced a partnership with AskPatty.com. Under the agreement, which became effective March 1, AskPatty.com joined NIADA's network of preferred educational providers. According to officials, AskPatty.com is designed to give female consumers a forum to ...


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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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