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April 29, 2016

2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Offers Exclusive Luxury and Off-Road Durability

2016_Mercedes-Benz_G_Class-15C395_003Over the past 34 years, the iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class has undergone quite a transformation from its origin as a military vehicle specifically built to tackle the toughest of terrains.

Since it was brought to the civilian market in 1979 as a luxury vehicle for traversing tough off-road terrain, the boxy G-Class -- also known as the Gelaendewagen or G-Wagen -- has provided the DNA for the other SUVs built under the Mercedes-Benz brand.

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#Contest: Share Your Love For Mom To Win A #BoxOfNissans

Nissan_box_of_chocolates_01We know there are lots of different reasons why everyone loves their Mom. I might be 50 years old, but she still buys a lot of my clothes (because she loves to shop!). And when I was younger, she always used to slip me money for gas.

What about you? In honor of the approaching Mother's Day celebration on May 8, Nissan is looking for awesome-mom stories from its fans. If you've got a great story you want to share about your mom via social media, Nissan wants to hear from you. And to sweeten the story, 50 fans will win their mom a limited-edition #BoxOfNissans chocolates, so unique they cannot be purchased in any store.

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AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Telecommute

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Working from home just one day a week could lower your fuel costs by as much as 20%.

Working from home is easier than ever, thanks to the broad assortment of instant messaging, video chat, teleconferencing, and other world-flattening technologies. Avoiding the rush-hour trek to work and back just one day a week could extend your tank of gas by as much as 20%.

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April 28, 2016

National Pet Month: Keep your Pet Safe While Traveling in the Car

Cat_riding_in_car-iStock_000078802733-Arseniy45-sOnly 10 years ago, about 19 percent of owners were bringing their furry pals along with them on road trips. Since then, that number has more than doubled, as 37 percent of owners say they take their dog in the car with them, rather than leaving him behind when they travel.

According to the 2015-2016 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, 65% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 79.7 million homes. Of those, pets, 77.8 million are dogs and 85.8 million are cats, and an increasing number of these furry companions accompany their families on in the car.

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AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Monitor Your Fuel Economy

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Check your miles per gallon when you fill up to stay aware of your car’s fuel consumption.

Most cars these days have trip computers that will show you the average fuel economy of each tank of gas. Just press the button to reset the calculation at every fillup and track your numbers using a notebook, or use a handy smartphone app like Road Trip Lite, or Fuel Buddy or any of the other multitudes of fuel economy tracking apps that are available for the iPhone and Android users.

And if you don't have a trip computer or a smart phone, it's still an easy calculation, even for someone who's not good at arithmetic: simply divide the (miles driven between fillups) by (the number of gallons used) to identify your (average mpg for each tank.

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April 27, 2016

How To Guides: Selling Your Used Car

How_to_guide_selling_your_carHave you decided that it’s time to part ways with your beloved (or not so beloved) used car?

Perhaps you are ready to get into something better or maybe you’re moving and you just can’t take it with you. Whatever your reason, there are a few things you’ll want to know as you’re getting ready to sell your car.

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AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Go Waterless

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Whether you drive a shiny new hybrid or a dependable old clunker, consider #DrivingDirty.

This is important, especially if you live in drought-ridden California: Between the gallons of water you use to soap up your sponges and the fresh water flowing unrestricted from your garden hose, washing your car at home can use between 80 and 140 gallons of water.

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April 26, 2016

Pack Mentality: Tips for Traveling with a Pet

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Millions of Americans recognize that dogs are wonderful companions and bring their furry friend along on their travels. Michael Morgan of Seattle is one of them, and he has a very simple rule when it comes to travel: If his dog Myles, a 25-pound Puggle, isn’t welcome, neither is he.

Morgan is among the 62 percent of Americans who own at least one pet, according to the Humane Society of the United States, and thanks to the collective $50 billion they spend annually on their four-legged family members, destinations once off limits now welcome well-behaved pets.

In fact, a study performed by AAA and Best Western International revealed more than half of U.S. dog and cat owners said they take their cats and dogs when they travel. So whether you’re planning a scenic fall color tour, a holiday sojourn to relatives, or a summer road trip, Chevrolet is sharing these tips to make your travels more pet-friendly.

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