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November 24, 2015

Tips From Ford And Emily Post For An Enjoyable (And Polite) Holiday Drive


Holiday driving can cause more than road rage – it can wreak havoc on relationships. Whether stuck in Thanksgiving traffic or riding for hours with the in-laws, the “most wonderful time of the year” has serious potential to turn family fun into family feud.

Last Thanksgiving, AAA predicted 46.3 million Americans traveled more than 50 miles from home – the greatest distance in nearly a decade. Now, with drivers enjoying the lowest gas prices in five years, AAA estimates 90 percent of Americans will celebrate the holidays this year with a road trip. But fear not – avoiding common road frustrations is often as simple as minding your manners, even before you arrive at Grandmother’s house for dinner.

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November 23, 2015

Meet General Motors VP of Design Ed Welburn: from Average Student to Car Design Star

1_ed_welburn"I was an average student that worked really hard," says Ed Welburn, vice president of global automotive design for General Motors.

He was speaking to a classroom of high school students in Manhattan. The theme was "Find Your Passion" follow it, work hard, and find a career in fine arts and design. It fits the story of Welburn's life.

He was there to tell students about the many openings in automotive design, drawing attention to opportunities that stretch beyond the predictable. These automotive design positions could include digital animation, sculpting (both by hand and on the computer), textiles, color trim, and video.

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November 16, 2015

Alcantara: You Don't Have to Kill Animals for Luxury

Alcantara-Royal_Palace_of_Milan-Technology_of_Dreams"We are not imitation anything. We are genuine Alcantara," company president and CEO Andrea Borogno said at opening of the company's Concept Design Store in Milan, Italy.

Most luxury car brands use suede-like Alcantara as an upgraded seating option, and for headliners, pillars, door panels, dashboards, and steering wheels, including Tesla, Porsche, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Lexus, and Lincoln, and for top trim levels in some Toyota and Chevrolet models.

Alcantara is an option with Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, and Fiat Abarth, which are designed and built in Italy, home of Alcantara, whose headquarters are near Rome. Alcantara also is used in the interiors of private jets and in the first-class cabins of several commercial airlines.

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November 13, 2015

SEMA and AAPEX Goes Female Friendlier in 2015

SEMA-AAPEX-LV-563There were many more women oriented leadership events for those attending AAPEX and SEMA 2015 than any prior year. Standing ovation to the convention planners on making this happen. Was so refreshing to see the growing support and highlighting of so many amazingly talented women!

Here are some highlights:

AutoTexPinkBcamCause-Marketing panel during AAPEX  hosted by Wexco Industries / AutoTex Pink in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation

​Jody DeVere, CEO of moderated the panel on Cause Marketing during AAPEX in Las Vegas hosted by Paula Lombard and AutoTex Pink wiper blades. Executives from the National Breast Cancer Foundation participated as well AutoTexPink CEO Paula Lombard, Quick Chadwick of Tire Pros, Amy Mattinat current President of the Car Care Council Women's Board and more.

The AutoTexPink Wiper Blade program raised $270,000 in support of breast cancer research and program to date.

The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network’s mission is to provide networking, education, and recognition opportunities for professional women in the specialty-equipment industry, which will enhance their careers and positively impact the growth of the entire automotive aftermarket.

The SBN Women Driven Education Program—Newly created for 2015, this program captures networking, education and community in one event at the SEMA Show.

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November 06, 2015

Autonomously Yours: Delphi Tests Driverless Cars

Delphi_autonomous_car-engineers-standing-on-rocks-behind-delphi-autonomous-vehicleA few years ago the idea of driverless cars on our streets and highways seemed a distant possibility, maybe even a fantasy. But today, it seems that we might see autonomously driven vehicles on our roads sooner than we think.

In March 2015, Delphi, global supplier to the automotive industry, pushed the start button on the technology test for an autonomous vehicle. The vehicle, which is an Audi, started off in San Francisco and made a 3,500-mile cross-country trip across the country, completing its trek in New Jersey nine days later.

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November 04, 2015

Survey Shows Emissions Scandal Causes Mistrust of Volkswagen Brand

Broken-Volkswagen_logoShortly after the news that Volkswagen had installed covert technology to circumvent emissions tests in certain diesel-powered cars, both Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader created quick surveys to record the public's response.

As the emissions scandal grows to include additional diesel engines in Audi and Porsche, we are sharing those original survey results here.

More than 70 percent of Kelley Blue Book survey respondents believed the diesel emissions issue could spread beyond just Volkswagen. As for the brand's reputation, the majority of those surveyed said they have "complete" or "general mistrust" in Volkswagen. In addition, according to the Autotrader Quick Poll, 30 percent of respondents said they would be less likely to consider a diesel vehicle.

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October 31, 2015

It's the End of Daylight Saving Time: Don't Forget To Set Back Your Clocks!

Daylight_saving_time-iStock_000057589436_SmallDaylight Saving Time ends this weekend: While you're running around the house resetting all your clocks, don’t forget to turn back the clock in your car!

For most of the United States, Daylight Savings Time ends this year at 2am November 1 and with the time change also come unfamiliar driving conditions that can be hazardous without proper vehicle lighting.

During these next few weeks, it’s extremely important that drivers be super careful when navigating residential neighborhoods while adapting to the decreased amount of daylight. During this time of year as the days become much shorter and more kids are out and about in these twilight hours before and after school, it’s critical for drivers to be extra cautious about low-light headlight use so that they can see better and are able to recognize other vehicles, debris, animals, and especially pedestrians among the evening shadows.

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Have a Happy #Halloween With These #Safety Tips From AskPatty and AAA

Cute_kids_dark-Halloween_costumes-safety-iStock_000062704266_SmallAs children take to the streets on Halloween to trick-or-treat, their risk of being injured by motorists increases greatly.

In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year.

Because excited trick-or-treaters often forget about safety, motorists and parents must be even more alert. The AAA Exchange has shared the following tips for helping keep young ones safe on Halloween:

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October 28, 2015

Lyft Offers Zombie Deliveries In NYC & SF for #Halloween

Lyft_zombieLyft, a rideshare-on-demand service known for the pink mustache mounted on the grille of its driver's cars, has teamed up with Skybound’s "The Walking Dead: Road to Survival" mobile game to make Halloween a non-stop thrill.

Open the Lyft app to see walkers roaming the streets, and request a ride if you dare — your driver may be undead.

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October 27, 2015

Are Hybrid Cars Cheaper To Insure?

Green_car_keys-are_hybrid_cars_cheaper_to_insure-iStock_000007105511_SmallAccording to, hybrid car owners may be entitled to a discount when purchasing insurance.

Since the vehicles are environmentally friendly and usually have a low mileage rate, agencies may sometimes prefer insuring hybrid vehicles.

Statistics also work in the favor of hybrid car owners: Many such drivers are in their 40s, making them responsible drivers who are involved in fewer accidents.

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