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

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 5th, 2007 9:23am

Danica Patrick, IndyCar 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 don't have your ...


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How Good is Ethanol for the Environment?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 3rd, 2007 5:39am

Ethanol is all the rage in some circles now as an alternative fuel for our cars. Midwest America is especially enthusiastic about it because the agricultural economy can benefit from it. Brazil has successfully built a national industry based on sugarcane ethanol and biofuel cars. How good is ethanol really, for the environment? The hope is that ethanol can potentially produce many more benefits compared to ...


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Get Your Vehicle Ready for Winter

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 1st, 2007 7:00pm

Mechanical failure—an inconvenience any time it occurs—can be deadly in the winter. Preventive maintenance is a must. Besides, even if your winters are normally mild, a well maintained vehicle is more enjoyable to drive, will last longer, and should command a higher resale price. Here’s advice from the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (www.ase.com) Some ...


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Mazda CX-9 Named SEAMO 2008 Family Car of the Year

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 27th, 2007 2:29pm

The South East Automotive Media Organization (SEAMO) recently honored the 2008 Mazda CX-9 with the inaugural “Family Car of the Year Award” during the group’s sixth annual media ride and drive event, held at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. “We are honored to receive this inaugural award from journalists in the southeast,” says Dave Sweet, group manager, Product Strategies, Mazda ...


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Crossing over to the auto world. It can be a girl thing!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 27th, 2007 9:20am

Our culture is littered with phrases such as "Boys will be boys" and "It's a girl thing," but what do those sayings actually mean? It's not uncommon to encounter hostility when attempting to disprove the innateness of gender, since gender has become so entwined in the social fabric of our society. When someone oversteps the boundaries of "acceptable" gendered behavior, the response ...


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AskPatty Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle: ‘Gender Rap -- Women buy the majority of new cars, and they go about it differently from men’

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 25th, 2007 5:12am

Saturday, November 24, 2007 Women have purchasing power. They buy about 65 percent of all new cars and at least one-half of all used cars, according to data from Road & Travel Magazine. Women also influence 80 to 90 percent of all big-ticket purchases, says Kathryn Hutson, client services consultant with a marketing to women firm in Naples, Fla. "Yet there's some research we've seen that says 75 percent of ...


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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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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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