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15 posts from December 2013

December 30, 2013

Ladies: The 2014 Nissan Murano Crossover is a Star!

2014_nissan_murano_06-front_beautyBy Sue Mead

Do you care about the name of your car? The story goes that the Ford Probe reminded some women of a female medical exam; it wasn’t a long-lasting run of a car moniker, whatever the reason! What we’ve learned since then is that most women actually care more about the safety, dependability and technology in their vehicle than even the brand—or its name.

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December 27, 2013

Cadillac Makes Electric Luxurious With the ELR Coupe

Palm Springs is an oasis for mid-century modern homes designed by legendary architects like Neutra and Eichler for luminaries including Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. The style emphasizes one-story structures with flat roofs, clean lines, walls of glass, ample windows and open floor plans. It was this type of design that inspired Cadillac’s Converj, the concept that the 2014 Cadillac ELR was based on.

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December 26, 2013

Don't Miss: Women's Automotive Association International Spirit of Leadership Awards, January 25, 2014

Womens-Automotive-Association-International-logoBe sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, January 25th, from 5 to 7 pm, at the 97th NADA convention in New Orleans, when the Women's Automotive Association International will be honoring four women with a Spirit of Leadership Award during a dinner at Tatum Channing’s Saints & Sinners. 

Established in 1999, the WAAI's "Spirit of Leadership" award is presented annually to professional women in the automotive industry in recognition of their significant accomplishments in their profession, community, and family. These women have dedicated their life to their profession and to giving back to others; and they serve as mentors and are role models to us all. Sustained superior performance, community involvement, influence and support of other women within the automotive industry are just some of the qualities these women possess. A Spirit of Leadership award is given for three automotive business sectors: 1) manufacturer, 2) dealership, and 3) supplier.

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December 24, 2013

AskPatty Reminds our Readers to Drive Safely this Holiday Season

Buzzed-busted-brokeThe winter holiday season has one of the highest incidences of drunk driving fatalities, so AskPatty joins with the Ad Council and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind our readers about the cost of drunk or buzzed driving.

Click to watch our video about the dangers of #BuzzedDriving

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Administrator David Strickland have kicked off the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" winter holiday crackdown on drunk and drugged driving. The annual campaign was launched last week with support from local law enforcement, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The crackdown runs from now until January 1, 2014, and is supported by $7.5 million in national advertising in TV and radio advertising featuring NHTSA's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

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December 23, 2013

AskPatty’s Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Auto-Oriented Kids and Pampered Pets!

Thinkstock_Christmas_kids_in_car_81747936Christmas is just a few days away, and if you’re still looking for gift ideas, here are a few more. We’ve gathered up a collection of great ideas for the younger drivers in your family. No matter their age or driving level, we've got something here to please all your car-loving kids! Or, if you’re at a loss for what to pick up for that pet lover in your life, or looking for something to make your own pets' holiday a little brighter, we’ve also found a few fun things for your special pets!

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December 20, 2013

AskPatty’s Winter Wish List -- Gift Ideas That HE Would Love

Thinkstock-Christmas_tree-455242217Christmas is just around the corner, so we've collected an assortment of gadgets and gizmos meant specifically for that Car Guy you love so much.

Regardless of whether he wants to drive them or work on them -- it doesn't matter if he's your dad, husband, brother, uncle, son or special friend -- if he loves cars, we know you'll find something here that's perfect for your favorite car guy.

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December 18, 2013

Fighting Range Anxiety in the Electric 2014 Chevrolet Spark

2014-Chevrolet-SparkEV-008By Matt Kelly

"It’s a rocket,” said Dave Barthmuss, GM’s Western Region PR Manager, when I took delivery of the new 2014 Chevy Spark EV for a four-day test drive in Southern California.

Able to reach 0 to 60 mph in less than 7.6 seconds, all on pure battery electric power, Barthmuss was right about the spritely performance of the electric Spark: That’s pretty good performance for an electric car. Based on the Beat, one of GM’s global triplet concept cars unveiled at the 2007 New York International Auto Show and designed at the automaker’s Korean design studio, the four-passenger Spark EV has a top speed of 90 mph and boasts 105 kilowatts (140 horsepower) of electric drive power. Not that speed was my primary interest when I took delivery however, but speed and quick pick-up did come in handy when I wanted to change lanes or merge in front of that driver talking on his cell phone while driving 75 mph in a gas-guzzling SUV on LA’s tightly packed 101 and 405 highways. But I digress.

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December 13, 2013

AskPatty Takes a Look at “50 Shades of Gray” -- in Automotive Paint Shades!

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2014 Audi Allroad in Monsoon Gray

In the “Fifty Shades of Grey,” book trilogy written by E L James, the number fifty describes Christian Grey, a man of many moods, talents, personalities, and vehicles (including jets and yachts).

With all the buzz in the media about the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie adaptation, I thought it would be fun to list 25 shades of grays for 25 of my favorite cars. To be sure, most cars do look super sexy in certain shades of silver.

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December 12, 2013

Mary Barra to Become General Motors’ Next CEO

General_Motors_announces_Mary_Barra_CEODan Akerson will retire from his role as General Motors Chairman and CEO, to be replaced by Mary Barra, currently GM Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. Barra was elected by the Board of Directors to replace Akerson when he steps down on January 15, 2014.

“With an amazing portfolio of cars and trucks and the strongest financial performance in our recent history, this is an exciting time at today’s GM,” said Barra at the December 10th town hall meeting where the news was announced. “I’m honored to lead the best team in the business and to keep our momentum at full speed.”

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December 11, 2013

At The Los Angeles Auto Show, Hyundai's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Is The Next Big Thing

2013_Los_Angeles_Auto_Show-BAS_6950-Hyundai_Tucson_hydrogen_fuel_cellThe Los Angeles Auto show was a buzz with “Green Automobiles,” the alternatives to the gasoline-powered internal combustion engines  (ICE) we are all so accustomed to driving. Seems to me that electric automobiles have been increasing in popularity for the last couple of years!

Manufacturers have made some great progress with plug-in electric automobiles: they’ve increased the distances the automobiles are able to go on a single charge, and there are more charging station outlets available for electric car drivers to use.  Fisker and Tesla  have also made sure that frumpy style is no longer an issue. Automakers have even made great strides to reduce cost and make the electric automobile much more affordable and appealing to mainstream public. However much to my surprise electric automobile reveals were not the only big thing at the Auto show this year: it was actually the hydrogen fuel cell automobile presented by Hyundai stealing the “green” show…

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