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January 14, 2014

Congratulations to Certified Female Friendly Fiat of Austin for Being the Number-One FIAT Retailer of all time!

2014-Fiat-500LxThe final sales numbers from 2013 are in, and Fiat of Austin is the Number One FIAT retailer of all time, selling more than 2100 cars since the brand’s return to North America in 2011. The number-two dealer (out of 210 dealerships nationwide) was almost 600 units behind! Lead by General Manager Lisa Copeland, FIAT of Austin has been the Top Selling dealership in the United States in both 2012 and 2011 as well. Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne recently praised the dealership for its accomplishment, saying “In the life of every major organization and its people, there are defining moments that go down in the history books.”

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January 08, 2014

The Future of Car Technology: 2014 Infiniti Q50 Sport Sedan

at the news briefThe 2014 Infiniti Q50 sports sedan is much more than a fast and agile performance car.  This fine-tuned machine incorporates futuristic innovations that women will both understand and appreciate.


For example, the available Direct Adaptive Steering, (a world’s first for automotive), was initially developed by NASA in the 1970s and perfected in the airline industry. Its purpose was to respond more quickly than a pilot could.

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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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September 02, 2013

BMW i3: Sustainability Can Be Sexy


Alternative transportation
BMW i3: The new reality

BMW chose New York City for the world debut of their visionary vehicle, the i3. With 8,175,13 citizens, NYC fits the profile of a densely populated urban metropolis where electric cars are ideal for short commutes.

Worldwide studies carried out as part of BMW’s Project i involved more than a thousand participants travelling by car over 12.5 million miles. Results showed that the average daily distance covered was around 30 miles.

“In 2025, 8 billion people will live on the planet; 4.5 billion will live in cities. There will be 1.8 billion cars on the roads.  In order to address the personal mobility needs of people living within the world’s most densely populated urban city centers, BMW created BMW i – the sustainable new sub-brand whose mission is to develop visionary vehicles and mobility services.” 
~ BMW Project i

 

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August 26, 2013

Erin Evernham asks, “What Would they Say, If These Cars Could Talk?”

Female-race-car-driver-erin-evernhamBy Erin Evernham

Having spent most of my life around race cars and collector cars, I often wonder about the stories behind each car. Yeah I know they are inanimate objects but I still like to use my imagination now and again... or maybe I just watched movies like “Cars” and “Christine” one too many times.

Old-race-carTake an old race car for instance... Wouldn’t it be neat to hear the stories about when it was in its heyday?  About the characters who drove the car, about its “injuries and burns,” about its “surgeries,” about its arch rivalries on the track, about getting soaked in champagne in Victory Lane, about the day its owner moved on to a newer and younger model… And what about the rest of the story? Did it end up getting refurbished and reincarnated for a museum or did it head to the graveyard like most? Or even worse: did it end up in the crusher?

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August 23, 2013

"Naked Paddock" Book Review: Drawing from life as a race car driver's wife

Naked-Paddock-Book-CoverArt mimics life in Kristin (MK) Ducote’s newly released book "Naked Paddock." In this novel Ducote’s main character and the events surrounding the lead's life are very similar to what Ducote herself has experienced. Throughout "Naked Paddock" there are many ‘true tales’ regarding a woman’s insights (and juicy behind-the-scenes drama) that occur within the fast and flashy world of motorsports, and nobody can tell it better than the wife of Le Mans driver Chapman Ducote.

Although Kristin Ducote grew up riding horses on a little farm in Florida, her humble (and very grounded) childhood and later adulthood helped to train and prepare her to be the amazingly successful 30-year-old she is today.

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August 12, 2013

2013 Ford Escape From A BMW X5 Owner's Perspective

Ford Escape 2014
2014 Ford Escape

When you put a friend whose main ride is a fully loaded 2010 BMW X5 into the driver’s seat of a 2013 Ford Escape, you kind of hold your breath.

Then again, this Escape was all new: a delightful ginger metallic color with 19-inch painted aluminum wheels and silver roof rails. The charcoal black interior had leather-trimmed seats and a Sync activated voice system that Kathy quickly figured out. All in all, it was a pretty snazzy ride.

Kathy settled in and murmured,  “Nice seats, much more comfortable than my car.” Hmmmm…

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June 25, 2013

GM’s Chief Engineer of Full Size Trucks is a Woman!

Jully-Burau-Chief-Engineer-GM-full-size-trucksIntroducing Jully Burau, GM’s Chief Engineer of light-duty and heavy-duty pickup trucks. Jully was hired as a crash test engineer for Buick in 1980, and joined full-size trucks as Chief Engineer in 2001, where she has played a large part in working to refine the quietness of the all-new GMC Sierra, as well as its handling, steering, and braking capabilities.

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June 24, 2013

Driving the 2014 Lexus IS from The Speedway to a Farm-To-Table Dinner

Lexus IS at Rockingham North CarolinaLexus launched its 2014 IS sports sedan at the notorious “Rock” (Rockingham Speedway) outside of Raleigh/ Durham, North Carolina. The track opened as a flat, one-mile oval in 1965. It has since changed its length, shape, and altitude and has hosted two NASCAR Cup Series races, last known as the Subway 400 (1966–2004) and a significant list of other races.  Used as the spot for movies and TV filming, the track is currently home to Fast Track High Performance Driving School and is utilized extensively for NASCAR testing. 

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June 21, 2013

Susan Docherty to Leave GM to “Invest Time in my Family”


Susan-Docherty_General-MotorsEarlier today Susan Docherty, president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe, announced her intention to leave General Motors to spend time with her family, effective September 30.  “I leave with incredible memories and valued friendships with high hopes for GM's continued success,” Docherty said in today’s release. 

Her promotion to General Motors' top U.S. sales position in 2009 marked the first time a woman held that position in the automaker's 101-year history. Susan’s promotion to vice president of U.S. sales made her the first and only woman on then-CEO Fritz Henderson's executive committee and the highest-ranked woman working at an automaker!

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