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2011's Hottest Mobile Device: Your Car

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 26th, 2011 9:12pm

We all want for our time in the driver's seat to be distraction-free - or at least I hope we all do - but the internet and mobile phones seem determined to keep us connected even while we're in transit, and That’s why companies including OnStar, GM, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz are promoting new technologies that link drivers’ smartphones to their vehicles.


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Test Drive the Latest Eco-Friendly Vehicles at Santa Monica's AltCar Expo

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 22nd, 2008 7:44am

Over the past few years, Americans have become more and more conscious of the environment and global warming. One of the biggest factors that impacts the environment today is automotive vehicles. The number of hybrid and diesel vehicles has increased significantly as Americans continue to search for environmentally and economically efficient cars.On September 26 and 27 the third annual Santa Monica AltCar Expo,  one of the largest ...


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How Hybrid Vehicles Work

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 2nd, 2008 10:28pm

I've run several stories lately on hybrid vehicles -- comparing their costs against traditional gasoline engines and giving tips on how get the best fuel economy when driving them - and it occurred to me that it might be helpful to explain what makes these powertrains so different. An article I found at the Toyota press site helped quite a bit to explain how their hybrid vehicles combine gas engines and electric motors ...


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Pros and Cons of Hybrid Vehicles

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 19th, 2008 10:06pm

Now that gas prices are hovering around $4 a gallon, many drivers are becoming more aware of their need to cut their gas costs. And with April being "Earth Month", we've recently been bombarded by messages telling us to make greener choices to help save our planet. Many people combine these messages and believe that their best automotive choice to accomplish both these goals is to drive a hybrid vehicle, ...


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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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Teen Drivers and Safety - Reseach Shows Car Crash Deaths Increase at Age 12

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 7th, 2008 9:47pm

Recent research shows that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for older children and teens in the United States. Resulting in more deaths for this age group than the next three causes combined, motor vehicle crashes are considered the most serious health threat for older children and teens. (According to a study released this month in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent ...


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Heads-up on Hypermiling

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 25th, 2008 10:19pm

Have you heard of "Hypermiling"? Hypermiling is a method of driving your car in a manner that maximizes mileage, and it can be done in any vehicle regardless of whether it has a hybrid or traditional gasoline powerplant. Hypermiling has become a popular technique among drivers worldwide, especially as concerns over increasing gas prices and environmental issues heighten. Wikipedia says the term ...


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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Alternative Vehicle Choices

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 14th, 2008 7:18pm

With all the talk we’ve heard lately about sustainable eco-friendly vehicles, I thought it might be useful to identify some pros and cons of the alternative engine choices available now and promised to come to market in the future. Hydrogen: AskPatty's Contributing Editor Brandy Schaffels has driven Chevy’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Equinox and says it offers excellent performance. She also says if she had two ...


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Explorer America Concept Presents Ford's Sustainable Strategy

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 3rd, 2008 1:52pm

To help explain its vehicle sustainability strategy, Ford created the Explorer America concept for the 2008 North American International Auto Show. The Ford Explorer America concept showcases a new kind of utility for the vehicle customers have known and loved for years: even better fuel efficiency. "Customers are smart. They value vehicles - the more efficient, the better," said Jim Farley, Ford group ...


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GM Asks The World -- 'What's Next?'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 30th, 2008 1:39pm

What should power the world's vehicles in 20 years? How can personal transportation become more sustainable in an age of increasing global competition for resources? What role will the automotive industry play in developing markets? Decisions on issues like these will largely shape transportation in the 21st century. To speed the process, GM will mark its 100th anniversary by launching a global dialogue through an ...


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