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Consumer Concerns about Climate Change

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 21st, 2008 7:36pm

In the recent McKinsey Quarterly, there is an interesting report on a global survey that shows corporations need to account for consumer concerns about climate change. In it, consumers say that a corporation’s performance in addressing the problems of the environment and climate change affects not only how much they trust the company but also whether they would buy its products. Consumers also expect companies to ...


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High School Girl Converts Car to Biofuel Power

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 17th, 2008 7:35pm

A high-school student in Honolulu, Hawaii -- Olivia Klein -- has decided to take on an ambitious junior year project. Inspired by being her school's delegate to the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Summit, she decided to build a biofuel car for her independent project. It has been a great learning experience for Olivia. From not knowing much about car -- not to mention experience with cars being only 16 years old -- ...


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Hermes Joins with Bugatti to Create Le Plus Ultra-Luxurious Veyron

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 17th, 2008 7:34pm

Bugatti and Hermes joined at the recent Geneva Motor Show to demonstrate the "Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermes," an ultra-luxurious ultra-pricey vehicle that combines the technical performance of the legendary Bugatti Veyron 16.4 with the expertise of Hermes designer Gabriele Pezzini and his craftsmen. The super-exotic vehicle made its North American Debut in New York at the beginning of April. This remarkable ...


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New AAA Information Assists Aging Drivers

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 16th, 2008 7:32pm

The Automobile Association of America (AAA), in partnership with the University of Florida's National Older Driver Research and Training Center (NODRTC), recently released its "Smart Features for Mature Drivers" program. The program identifies vehicle features that can assist drivers with visual, physical, and mental changes that are frequently encountered as they age. The announcement addresses ...


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Biomimicry - Integrating Nature into Car Design

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 16th, 2008 7:31pm

If you are a vehicle designer, vehicle engineer, or product designer of any stripe, the please please check out the field called "biomimicry." In my opinion, it is one of the coolest, most intuitive aspects of sustainability. I follow biomimicry for fun, because it is replete with cool stories about how nature has inspired various innovations. Imagine an exterior paint that cleans itself -- ...


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Ford Syncs Up With California Laws

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 15th, 2008 7:30pm

As California prepares to go "hands-free" this summer, Ford is ready to help the 29.7 million cell phone subscribers in California with its state-of-the-art Sync in-car communications and entertainment system, developed with Microsoft. California drivers don't have to buy a new bluetooth handsfree headset to comply with the law if they already own a Sync-equipped Ford vehicle. Ford Sync provides ...


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Getting a Good Vibe from Pontiac

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 15th, 2008 7:26pm

I had an opportunity to do a walk around and review the 2009 Pontiac Vibe with Dave Poniatowski, Pontiac Product Manager of the Vibe and Solstice. It was a bit of a change of pace from all the focus that was placed on the three new entrants (Solstice Coupe, G8 GXP, and G8 Sport Truck). Many of our readers have asked about the Vibe and Dave was kind enough to give me a personal tour at the New York Auto Show last ...


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The Ins and Outs of Accessible Van Rentals, Part One: The Vehicles

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 14th, 2008 11:56pm

According to Tom Scott, United Spinal Staff editor, accessible vans are the key for many people with disabilities to unlocking their independence on the road. UnitedSpinal.org offers a broad variety of information to assist your special mobility needs. As more and more wheelchair-users take to the road in pursuit of adventure, many prefer the peace of mind that comes with being behind the controls of a vehicle modified ...


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Demographics of Hybrid Vehicle Owners

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 10th, 2008 10:15pm

According to a recent study by Acxiom, a business intelligence and data mining firm, North American hybrid vehicle owners are likely to be: higher income, live on the coast, and tech-savvy. OK, that seems quite obvious... With the average premium on a hybrid around $6000 (less after tax rebate if it applies), owning a hybrid is an environmental statement for folks with the cash to spare. Plus, with its different ...


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Turning 50 won't keep Gail Hill out of her race car

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 9th, 2008 10:01pm

Gail Hill isn’t going to let a little thing like turning fifty keep her out of a race car. She believes in herself and her abilities, and thinks that women bring a unique bent to auto racing; because their driving abilities are so different from men. “You just have to believe in yourself and remember it's never too late,” says Hill. “I have been racing for 7 years but now I'm nearly ...


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