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14 posts from October 2013

October 31, 2013

Orange is the New Black -- For Cars, That Is

Hyundai_Veloster-Vitamin_C If you’re a pumpkin lover, this is the most wonderful time of the year. From Halloween to Thanksgiving, we can enjoy everything in our favorite flavor, whether it’s a frothy pumpkin latte or a yummy pumpkin bagel schmeared in delicious pumpkin cream cheese.

It’s also the time of year that we can embrace our fondness for the color orange. “Orange is the new black,” they say, and I’m not talking about prison uniforms here. While “Orange is the New Black,” may be the most watched original series on Netflix, it’s not the most popular automotive paint shade on the road. However, orange cars certainly turn heads: And even if they don’t sell a ton of them, the manufacturers still offer orange in a broad variety of shades across many models in their lineups.

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October 30, 2013

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Makes the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book

Neiman_marcus_christmas_book-aston_martin_vanquish_volanteEach year, Neiman Marcus includes a fabulous automotive selection among its fantasy gifts; this year it’s the incredible 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante.

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October 26, 2013

Teen Driver Safety Week Encourages Safe Teen Driving Every Week of the Year

Teen_Driver_safety_Week-student_driver-thinkstock-153681188As Teen Driver Safety Week comes to a close, I remember clearly how afraid I was the first time I handed my newly licensed teenaged son the keys to the car for his first solo drive.

I wasn’t afraid because I thought he was an unsafe driver; in fact, he was a careful driver who had received good instruction and lots of practice time behind the wheel. I was afraid because so much of being a “good” driver comes with experience -- which then teaches how to pay attention and be prepared for all the things that can be caused by other drivers -- and he didn’t have that experience yet. During their first months of licensure, teens have a particularly high risk of accidents. Five years later, much to my relief, he remains ticket- and crash-free.

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October 25, 2013

Caught! What Are YOU Doing in Your Car?


USAToday-snapshot-things-people-caught-doing-in-their-carWe saw this cute little "Things we've 'caught' people doing in their car" infographic in a recent tweet from @USAToday, and it was too fun to pass up. A little research of our own reveals there’s even more to this than first meets the eye.

The USA Today graphic is based on a survey created by KFC to back up its recent release of the “Go Cup” a handy (and now-patented-by-KFC) container that fits in a vehicle's cup holder, which includes a choice of the brand’s chicken products along with seasoned potato wedges for $2.49 plus tax.

As the infographic shows, the top activities Americans have “caught” motorists multi-tasking while behind the wheel include:

     talking on the phone (84 percent), 
     eating (69 percent), 
     singing (61 percent), 
     and applying makeup (60 percent).

However, the KFC survey reveals even more: Some drivers just can’t resist moving to the music, as 33 percent have caught someone “dancing” in the car (I've done that!). Amazingly, 26 percent report they have busted someone changing clothes (yep, I've done that!). And one in five has spotted someone taking a “selfie” photo while behind the wheel. (Yikes, I've done that, too!)

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October 24, 2013

10 Important Halloween Trick or Treat Safety Tips from AskPatty

Thinkstock-Halloween-184715440-sFor 364 days each year, we teach our children not to take candy from strangers. But on Halloween, collecting candy from strangers is the number one goal. While most parents are careful to inspect the sweet hoard for signs of malevolent tampering, many public servants and safety organizations agree that it’s more important to make safe lighting the primary concern on Halloween night.

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October 22, 2013

Kia's Newest Star: The 2014 Soul


Soul takes center stage
Kia Soul in Minneapolis

When the Kia Soul came to market in 2010, the company was trying to reinvent itself to appeal to the children of baby boomers, aka Gen Y. At the time, Tom Loveless, VP of Sales for Kia Motors said,   “This is the tip of a very big iceberg. It’s the direction Kia is going.”

And I wrote, “Could it be that, by next year, it will actually be cool to own a Kia?”

My prediction was spot on. Kia has certainly upped its cool factor, especially with the Soul, an urban hatchback that, like Gen Y, is not cut from the mold. 

The ad campaign for Soul, which started out featuring hamsters on wheels, was different from the get-go. Over the years, Kia has grown the hamster theme to incorporate everything from rapping and hip-hop hamsters to this year’s edition, Lady Gaga

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October 18, 2013

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Has Ludicrous Power and Lavish Luxury

2014_Land_Rover_range_rover_sport_dynamic-leadBy Sue Mead

There’s a new Range Rover Sport in the royal British automotive family of Land Rover, so move over, Baby George! The all-new, second-generation Sport is the fastest Range Rover to date; it is lighter by 800 lbs., and you get a choice of engines that includes a – let’s just say it – ludicrously-powerful 510-horesepower supercharged version, plus more “Range Rover-ness” luxury and Star Wars-like technology--so say the Range Rover folks. And, here’s a pop quiz: what was the vehicle that Brit Baby George had his first ride in? A Range Rover! The new model has a starting MSRP of $63,495.

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October 15, 2013

October Breast Cancer Awareness: Ford and General Motors Show Support

Breast_Cancer_Awareness-Thinkstock-91618146_sOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and all month long, we’ll be reporting on ways that automotive companies are showing their support of the annual campaign.

Last week, we shared news about how Valvoline stores nationwide celebrated a “Pink Out Day” to help wipe out cancer with the sales of AutoTex Pink windshield wipers.

This week, we’re focusing on ways that both Ford and General Motors are showing their support of Breast Cancer Awareness programs.

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October 11, 2013

AskPatty’s Amy Mattinat New President Of Car Care Council Women's Board

Amy_MattinatAsk Patty is so excited to share the news that Amy Mattinat has been elected the new president the Car Care Council Women’s Board. Her appointment becomes effective following the Women's Board reception on Tuesday, November 5, at AAPEX in Las Vegas.

Amy has been a long-time contributor to AskPatty, and is a member of the AskPatty Women’s Automotive Speaker’s Bureau. Amy is president of Auto Craftsmen, an independent auto repair sales and service center in Montpelier, Vermont. In addition to managing the business, Amy writes a monthly car care newsletter and a magazine column called “Under the Hood.” She also is the author of “How to Buy a Great Used Car” and teaches women car care clinics on a regular basis. She has been a part of the auto care industry for more than 18 years.

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October 10, 2013

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Hosts PINK OUT Day

Atp_vioc_300x250As a part of their month-long promotion in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Valvoline Instant Oil Change stores nationwide are participating in a “Pink Out” day on October 10th. As you can see, some of the team at AskPatty joined in on the fun and “Pinked Out” for VIOC, too!

VIOC_autotex_pink_wiper_blades_6810When we talked to VIOC about their special day, they told us “Pink Out Day is a visual event for a very visual product.” The product, of course, is AutoTex PINK Wiper Blades, and they're taking automotive retailers nationwide by storm this October. The goal of these wipers is to “Wipe Out Breast Cancer,” and they're following through on that promise by donating 20% of every blade sold to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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