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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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2008 Geneva Motor Show Debut: Maserati GranTurismo S

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 24th, 2008 10:17pm

According to Maserati, its beautiful Quattroporte now commands more than a third of the $100K-plus sedan segment. If you’re not into the Maserati sedan, how would you like to have one of these gorgeous coupes in your garage? A year after it unveiled the GranTurismo, the Italian manufacturer will return to the Geneva International Motorshow with another world premiere: the GranTurismo S, which Maserati promises ...


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Toyota's Cleaner Greener Auto Show

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 24th, 2008 10:16pm

A recent Toyota advertising campaign touts their "zero emissions vision" and acknowledges the company's drive towards zero waste in all of their plants. In fact, in the spring of 2003 Toyota's Huntsville, Alabama, plant became the first of eight Toyota plants in the United States that are "zero landfill producing" facilities. To achieve this claim, the company has reduced raw material ...


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Top Tips to Help You Sell Your Car Yourself...

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 21st, 2008 3:41pm

Yes it is true; selling your car yourself will get you the most money in your pocket. But, realize that it can take several weeks or months to sell a car. So don't be discouraged if you don't get any inquiries right away. Don't worry about putting any repair work into the vehicle. You will never recoup the money. Just be honest about what it needs to the next owner. Most people who are purchasing a used ...


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Tips for Greening your Events

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 20th, 2008 3:39pm

Have you noticed how much trash is usually generated after a party and thought about how it sullied an otherwise wonderful atmosphere? Ballparks, night clubs, birthday party, even sometimes, green events, can create tremendous amount of waste, pollution, and emission from all those things we toss away, all those miles we commute to get to them. If your family or your company is hosting a green event, make sure it ...


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Remembering the DeLorean Motor Car

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 20th, 2008 3:38pm

I had been shopping at the local Fry's Computer store recently, buying a new flat screen computer monitor and various other supplies to assist running some of the day-to-day tasks at AskPatty.com. I was walking through the parking lot on my way back to my car when I saw something very rare parked among the vehicles there. It was a gorgeous DeLorean sportscar, in perfect condition. Its stainless steel body was ...


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Ridemakerz - Customized Cars for Your Kids

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 19th, 2008 3:37pm

Do you have a car crazy kid in your household? Then you’ll want to check out Ridemakerz, the home of custom-made “ridez.” If you’re familiar with Build-a-Bear, then you’ll get the concept of Ridemakerz. Pick out a body, add some custom paint, wheels, and accessories and you’ve got a made-to-order ride. If you live in the east near a Ridemakerz location, you can take your car lover ...


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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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Ten Ways Ford Is Changing In-Car Communications With Sync Technology

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 18th, 2008 3:34pm

Staying connected is a way of life now. Recent research from the Consumer Electronics Association shows there are more than 200 million mobile phones in the U.S. Ford Motor Company research also indicates customers want to stay connected to their digital media players: More than 70 percent of new car buyers are looking for the ability to use digital media players in their new vehicles. Sync, developed in ...


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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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