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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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June 28, 2013

Infographic: What Do Car Buying Patterns Say About Your Neighborhood?

Ford-Escape-Greenest-Geekiest-CitiesWhat do car sales patterns tell about regional consumer preferences? More than you might think. According to Ford sales data on the new Escape and Explorer, San Francisco residents are tech geeks, Philadelphia residents are more eco friendly than the rest of the nation, Seattle seems to be the leader in mindful driving, and New Yorkers are stargazers.

Those are just a few of the findings from Ford’s annual look at U.S. car-buying preferences. Analysis of its U.S. sales data helps Ford identify buying patterns and to better understand unique consumer preferences by region. The analysis helps Ford ensure it is delivering the specific vehicles and options to those parts of the country where they’re most in demand.

“Across America – from its most sprawling suburban areas to its largest industrial centers – technology now plays a defining role in millions’ lives,” said Scott Steinberg, technology analyst for strategic consulting firm TechSavvy Global. “Going forward, from better ways to connect and communicate to more energy-efficient travel, innovative and eco-friendly solutions are only expected to have a growing impact on how we live, work and play.”

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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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May 29, 2013

Driving The General’s Next-Gen Pickup: The All-New 2014 Chevy Silverado was Well Worth the Wait!

2014-Chevrolet-Silverado-at-Knibbe-Ranch-1041By Sue Mead

Knibbe Ranch, Spring Branch, Texas: This celebrated cattle ranch in the Hill Country of Texas was the perfect place for ‘The General’ to get back in the saddle! Now launching its next-generation pickup trucks, General Motors is truly back in the truck wars and hosted the first drive of its all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado at this working ranch that has been used for a handful of years as the proving grounds to evaluate the country’s top trucks each fall, in an annual shoot-out sponsored by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA).

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May 03, 2013

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 4MATIC: Clean Diesel via BlueTEC

2013-Mercedes-Benz_GLK250_Bluetec_badgeIt’s stunning to me that many American consumers have such a negative response to diesel automobiles. They still have the mindset that diesel fuel is something out of a gothic novel—smelly, toxic, smoky, expensive, and bad for the environment.

It’s not, I assure you. Let me educate you to the future of clean diesel. In this case, it's Mercedes-Benz’ version called BlueTEC.

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April 22, 2013

Go Green on Earth Day with Car Care and Fuel-Saving Tips from AskPatty

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It's a bonus! Earth Day and Car Care Awareness Month, all rolled into one multimedia post.

In this video, Jody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty.com, joins Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini to shine some light on what's really going on under your hood. When it comes to car care, DeVere says that the biggest mistake people make is "really not understanding what your car needs." To combat this, she says, "Crack open that dusty manual that's usually in the glove box of your car and understand the basic needs of your car and the intervals that those should be done. And then do it to the letter of the law. That's going to prevent a lot of costly, long-term, expensive problems." Click here to watch the  Easy Does It Segment on Yahoo!Shine.

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April 08, 2013

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Gets Complete Makeover: New Features and Prices Make it a Standout in its Class

2014_Mitsubishi_Outlander_Front_Exterior_SE_3Brasada Ranch, Redmond, Oregon: Attractive new styling, more powerful and efficient engines and some of the latest creature comforts, even at the entry-level model, define the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander; it’s a crossover sport utility vehicle that seats seven. Mitsubishi says the third-generation Outlander has some “ground-breaking safety features for its class”—and we agree. It is also the only SUV at its price in its segment with three-row seating that comes standard. The new model also gets improved aerodynamics and better sound insulation; high-end technologies include adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and a crash-mitigation system. While Mitsubishi has not announced exact pricing, the new model will be priced close to the outgoing version, with an impressive array of added content over the previous generation. 

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March 28, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Impala: Chevy’s Iconic Flagship Takes Flight at a New Level

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The 2014 model year marks the 10th time Chevrolet has introduced a new Impala – and this little antelope, born in the Year of the Snake, is a refined, modern take on “The General’s” iconic five-passenger sedan. Its looks have not always been consistently stunning-in fact, the outgoing model was growing a bit long-in-the-tooth. However, the 2014 Chevy Impala’s design team has hit it out of the park with a gorgeous design that is equal parts American muscle and European sculpture.

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