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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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September 27, 2013

Are you Celebrating National Plug In Day on September 29?

NATIONAL-PLUG-IN-DAYDid you know?  3rd Annual National Plug In Day is this weekend, and green car enthusiasts across the nation will be celebrating the electrification of the automobile with special events in their area, as well as at a main event that will be happening in the nation’s capital.

National Plug In day is celebrated this year on Saturday, September 29th, and is intended to introduce people to the benefits of driving electric vehicles; highlighting the fun, clean-air benefits, and cost-savings of electric cars with ride and drives, rallies, tailgate parties, charging-infrastructure demos, EV-readiness awards, and more.

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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 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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July 29, 2013

Small Footprint With Lots of Sparkle: MINI Cooper S

2013-Mini-CooperPeople always ask me what my favorite car is. And I always answer tactfully, “Whatever I am driving this week.” If pushed, I concede to the one vehicle I’d have in Manhattan, the MINI Cooper S.

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July 22, 2013

Nissan's 2014 Versa Note is Your ‘Door to More’!

2014-Nissan-Versa-NOTE-sue-mead-lead_1168By Sue Mead

What is the 2014 Nissan Versa Note?

With three names and three trim lines, the 2014 Nissan Versa Note  seems like a lot of car, at least on paper. But call it simply ‘the Note’ as they do in non-U.S. automotive markets around the globe, and you’ve got a straightforward, family-friendly small people-hauler with some nice features, notable options, and helpful technology under the hood. The Note is a small car with lots of features for women to love. The attractively-designed, five-door, five-passenger hatchback is especially “cargo friendly” for its size, and has been value priced starting at $13,999 making it the lowest-priced hatch in its segment.

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July 19, 2013

Volt Owners Exceeding EPA Electric-Driving Estimates

Chevrolet-Volt-Electric-Driving-miles-infographic“Your mileage may vary,” says the familiar disclaimer, and it’s not often a vehicle delivers better fuel economy than originally promised. However, according to a recent release from Chevrolet, many Volt owners are not only consistently achieving the published EPA-estimated mileage of its 98 MPGe gasoline-free mile estimates, many are even exceeding it.

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July 12, 2013

Ford's 2013/2014 Shelby Raptor is one-of-a-kind truck for one-of-a-kind women

Raptor2Although most women do not go for big trucks, much less those which would be considered ‘hardcore’ powerful trucks, there are still a few of us out there who would choose a hardcore truck over any other vehicle option – foreign or domestic.

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July 05, 2013

2014 Acura MDX: Updated According to Consumer Feedback

 

2014-Acura-MDX-frontview_0090One of the most interesting aspects of being an automotive writer is discovering the back-story behind the technical, physical, and design elements of creating a better vehicle. Like fashion, electronics, and other industries, automakers update their products every year. But, how and why do they do it? 

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July 01, 2013

Speaking Of Alternate Fuels, Have You Heard Of “E-Gas”?


2014-Audi-A3-sportback-e-gas-g-tron-frontview-A3120283It begins with green electricity, water, and carbon dioxide. The end products are hydrogen and a synthetic methane Audi calls “e-gas.” It is virtually identical to fossil natural gas and is climate neutral. Audi opened an e-gas plant in Germany this week, making it the first automobile manufacturer to develop its own sustainable energy chain, but major German energy utilities have since taken up the idea of power-to-gas cogeneration and are following Audi with initial projects of their own.

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