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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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Honda Debuts All-New FCX Clarity Advanced Fuel Cell Vehicle

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 23rd, 2007 9:16am

Nearly every manufacturer at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show made some kind of statement regarding their intent to reduce reliance on petroleum-based fuels. After showing various iterations of this concept over the last several seasons of auto shows, Honda finally revealed its production FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show, announcing plans to begin limited retail marketing of the vehicle ...


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Flex-Fuel Ford F-150 Presents Turkeys for Presidential Pardoning

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 22nd, 2007 4:50pm

In a White House tradition that dates back to President Harry S. Truman in 1947, two turkeys were given Thanksgiving pardons by President George W. Bush Tuesday. According to the Detroit Free Press, the turkeys were chauffeured to the White House in the back of a black flex-fuel Ford F-150 pickup truck for the event, which is sponsored by the National Turkey Federation and the Walt Disney Company. The F-150 then ...


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3 New Gas Saving Tips for Thanksgiving - When Every Penny Counts

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 22nd, 2007 2:58pm

Some great gas saving tips to help you save some cash on your Thanksgiving holiday drive: TIP #1: Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not ...


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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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Great Tips To Help You Save Gas

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 19th, 2007 7:00pm

With gas prices hovering just above $3 a gallon, we're all looking for ways to save money at the pump. Goodwrench offers the following tips to help drivers conserve gas and reduce the load on your wallet. 1. Go the speed limit. Use cruise control. Speed limits are calculated for maximum safety - they'll also reward you with maximum gas mileage. You can get up to 20 percent more mileage traveling 55 mph than ...


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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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AskPatty featured in CampfireNYC Case Study: ‘Pontiac’s Motorati in Second Life’

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 19th, 2007 5:00am

Pontiac has engaged consumers in a series of innovative experiences, including Pontiac's Motorati Island, built around a "Power to the People" strategy. We've been extremely sensitive to the Second Life culture. Our insight was there was little "second-generation" experiences in Second Life -- ongoing entertainment experience provided by brands. We created car culture in Second Life with virtual ...


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Improve Teen Driver Safety with 'Rookie Driver' Symbol

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 15th, 2007 7:00pm

Many parents feel defenseless in safeguarding their teenagers when they begin driving. There is one simple, yet important component often overlooked in improving teen driving safety: Identify the new driver's car. Parents can increase awareness of their teen driver by identifying their vehicle with a standardized 'rookie driver' symbol, advises Corinne Fortenbacher, president of Rookie DriverNet. The car ...


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