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April 14, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for April 2014

We’re not fooling around here: AskPatty Certified Female Friendly partners are involve in a diverse selection of activities, and are offering a great variety of special programs For April.

 

Take_the_car_care_surveyAskPatty and ASE Ask:  How Well Do You Know Your Car? Survey
AskPatty is partnering with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence to create a Customer Confidence Index, and we’d like your answers on a few simple questions.

Won’t you please take our quick and easy survey?

 

All-girls-garage-bogi-latenier-velocity-show180 Degrees Automotive, Phoenix, Arizona
Bogi Lateiner is an ASE Certified Mechanic and is also the founder and owner of 180 Degrees Automotive, a full-service auto repair shop in central Phoenix. In addition to operating and managing 180 Degrees Automotive, Bogi teaches (and her shop offers) car-care classes for women. On top of all this, she recently entered her third season as one of the three-girl crew on the Velocity Channel’s ‘All Girls Garage’.

All Girls Garage season three has begun airing on Fridays at 8pm EST/PST on the Velocity channel.

 

Community-Tire-Pros-Auto-RepairCommunity Tire Pros & Auto Repair
Congratulations to Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair for earning the top award from Arizona's Small Business Development Center for the 2014 year. Every year, the Arizona Small Business Development Center honors successful small businesses throughout Arizona for the role they play to the state’s economy. As a top award winner, Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair was invited to attend the 25th anniversary celebration of the Arizona’s Small Business Development Center success awards ceremony on March 27 at the Arizona State Capitol complex. Eleven other small Arizona businesses were honored at the ceremony. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was on hand to make to congratulate award winners at the event.

Do you know how to change a tire? This YouTube video will help safely guide you through the steps of how to change a tire if you ever come face-to-face with a flat tire.

 

Croces_transmission_specialistsCroce's Transmission Specialists of Norwalk, Connecticut
Croce's is excited to be celebrating car care month once again with Free Vehicle Inspections. Croce’s is excited to announce a partnership with Make A Wish and will be donating a portion of April's proceeds to Make A Wish of Connecticut. Maryann has been a volunteer with Make A Wish for a few years now, and says she “finds it very rewarding and the wish kids inspirational.” Make a donation to the Croce "Make-a-Wish” fundraising page.

 

Lex-BrodiesLex Brodie's with Five Locations Serving You in Honolulu, Waipahu, Kalihi, Kaneohe, & Pearlridge, Hawaii
Lex Brodie’s service doesn’t stop once you’ve bought your tires. Until you‘ve worn out your Lex Brodie’s tires (or they have just gotten too old to service), Lex Brodie's will rotate, rebalance, and repair your tires at NO CHARGE! Lex Brodie’s will also check your brakes and wheel alignment at NO CHARGE! Lex Brodie’s also has a special initiative to fix potholes and warranty your car against damage. Check it out here!  

Lex Brodie's is proud to bring the worlds first bio-based, 100% full synthetic motor oil to Hawaii! G-OIL® provides superior performance during the maximum oil change interval recommended by vehicle manufacturers while meeting the requirements of the American Petroleum Institute (API) SM and previous API gasoline engine standards.

Lex Brodie's "Green To Go" Fleet Service Program is designed to help control the time and cost of maintenance and keep your company’s fleet working at optimal efficiency and rolling clean, green and safe.

 

Marlins_Auto_Diagnostics-taxtime_specialMarlin's Auto Diagnostics in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
It’s tax time, and if you’re like most consumers, we know you’ll use your refund for much needed products and services. Marlin’s Auto Diagnostics would like to remind you that we’re here to assist you in maintaining your vehcle so it is safe, reliable, and fun. Consider investing a portion of your tax refund in vehicle car and maintenance at Marlin’s Auto Diagnostics, and until May 19, 2014, we’ll take $25 off any invoice over $250.

 

Gattos_CFF_videoGatto's Tires, Six Convenient Locations in Brevard County, Florida
When Pam Gatto’s father Mike started his business in 1971 he had a very clear goal: to provide the best products and services and give the customer the most value for their money. That’s still the Gatto family goal. Over the years Gatto’s has expanded into seven locally owned and operated locations in Merritt Island, Cocoa, Melbourne, and Palm Bay, Forida, and company generously supports local sponsorships.

Gatto’s ASE-certified auto mechanics can handle a variety of automotive repairs like brake repairs, wheel alignments, exhaust system repairs, diagnostics, steering and suspension system repairs, preventive maintenance, differential system repairs, and transmission repairs; they also service diesel engine systems and hybrid vehicles. 

 

GLCU-financingGreat Lakes Credit Union -- 12 locations in Illinois and Wisconsin
Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU) is a full-service financial institution offering competitive auto loans nationwide.  Whether you're interested in developing a workable spending and savings plan, getting out of debt, understanding and improving your credit, buying a new car, looking for a mortgage, establishing kids accounts, exploring student loans or planning for your financial future, these educational tools can help.

 

Star-motors-light-it-up-blue-for-autismStar Motors in San Juan Capistrano, California 
Star Motors sponsors the “Autism Speaks: Light It Up Blue” Campaign by donating $1 for every new “like” they get on the Star Motors Facebook page during the month of April. Help Star Motors shine a light on Autism! If you already like Star Motors, please share this opportunity with your friends and family. Feel free to make a donation to the cause as well by going straight to their Autism Speaks donation page here. Star Motors is committed to match each NEW LIKE, up to $500

 

Wish-i-mayWaukegan Tire of Grayslake, Park City, and Waukegan, Illinois
Waukegan Tire is taking part in Bcureful by helping to support Bcureful’s efforts to focus resources on Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Help Waukegan Tire contribute to this all-volunteer organization as it aids in the development of a new TSC Center at Lurie Children’s Hospital and provides a gap in the funding needed for a critical research project at NYU Langone Medical Center. Help us help them! 

Please purchase tickets to the “Wish I May”3rd Annual Gala & Wine Dinner to benefit awareness and research for a cure of TSC. The event is being held on Global TSC Awareness Day: Thursday, May 15, at 6:00 p.m.

Waukegan Tires is excited to announce the Mrs. Alaska United States pageant has selected Bcureful as its official non-profit for 2015! The Mrs. Alaska United States pageant believes in giving back to the community through their "Pageant with a Purpose" campaign. Each year the pageant adopts a non-profit to support financially and through volunteerism. Mrs. Alaska United States 2014 Erica Chilla's son Ace has been diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) and he is the reason she is passionate about raising awareness of TSC and funds for more research. Click here to make a donation to support Mrs. Alaska's platform and Bcureful's mission to accelerate research towards a cure of TSC while raising public awareness of the disease.

 

Schoen_place_autoSchoen Place Auto of East Rochester, New York
Spring has finally arrived! While you're doing your spring cleaning at home, let Schoen Place Auto inspect your car to make sure that your car is running perfectly when you need it most. Schoen Place Auto will perform a 45-point inspection on your car for free until May 15, 2014 (normally $49.99)!

 

After-hours-auto-repairAfter Hours Auto Repair of Wichita, Kansas
Since 2008, After Hours Auto Repair has provided motorists in the Wichita, KS 67213 area with a broad assortment of comprehensive auto repair services. Their goal is to offer the best services available at affordable prices to get customers back on the road in no time. During April, After Hours Auto Repair is offering a Tax Special discounting 50% off any diagnostic charge (through April 30, 2014).

 

A-automotiveA-Automotive in Colville, Washington
A-Automotive Tire Pros started out in 1986 from the back of Dale's Pick-up truck traveling from home to home to repair customer’s vehicles. Nearly 30 years later, A-Automotive recently celebrated their grand opening and have joined the Tire Pros Franchise. Find more grand reopening specials here.

 

Crawford_buick_gmcCrawford Buick GMC of El Paso, Texas
On Female Friendly Thursdays, customers receive an additional 10% off any service or special. Schedule your appointment today for any Ask Patty Thursday! Can be combined with any other offer + 10% for Ask Patty Thursdays!

 

Active_green_rossActive Green + Ross Complete Tire & Auto Centers
Active Green + Ross is Ontario's premier chain of Complete Tire & Auto Centres from Windsor to Ottawa and from Barrie to The Greater Toronto Area, with over 70 locations in Ontario to serve you. AG+R has created a new blog to share tire helpful information with their customers.

 

Introducing AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Hybrid Repair Shops!

Your hybrid is a special car, but that doesn't mean that it should be difficult or expensive to maintain and repair your hybrid. We guarantee that your car will receive the care it needs to stay reliable and safe as the day you purchased it. These companys’ certified technicians will ensure your hybrid vehicle receives the best maintenance. They have the most current training and also specialize in hybrid diagnostic and service tools.

Lloyds_Tire_Service-CFF_logoLloyd's Tire and Service of Santa Cruz, California
Lloyd’s Tire Service is now a complete and fully certified Hybrid Service Center, featuring everything from routine maintenance to diagnostics and repairs for hybrid and electric vehicles. Hybrid Care at Lloyd's is good for both your car and our planet. We proudly provide hybrid repairs to Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Los Gatos, and other surrounding Central California communities.

Wilhelm_automotive-CFF_LogoWilhelm Automotive Service Centers of Peoria, Arizona
In 1928, Joe Wilhelm and his father purchased Wilhelm Automotive Repair and made it the success that it is today. They have become the local Hybrid Shop and are now able to effectively and efficiently service hybrid vehicles and refurbish hybrid batteries. Wilhelm Automotive Repair's certified technicians will ensure your specific vehicle receives the best maintenance. They have the most current training and are also specialized in hybrid diagnostic and service tools.

 

Be sure to check out all the great things our Certified Female Friendly partners accomplished in March

 

March 19, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for March 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners Offer These Special Programs For March:

Import_Auto_Maintenance-75653294-20_offImport Auto Maintenance in Nashville, Tennessee
Import Auto Maintenance is currently offering $20 off to all new customers. As doctors have specialties, so do auto shops. The advantage of specializing is that the auto technician is highly educated and experienced, becoming an expert in the field. At Import Auto Maintenance, in Nashville, Tennessee, we specialize in import auto maintenance, and our well-trained technicians are skilled in the intricacies and differences of foreign cars.

Marlins_Auto_Diagnostics-taxtime_service_specialMarlin's Auto Diagnostics in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
It’s tax time, and if you’re like most consumers, we know you’ll use your refund for much needed products and services. Marlin’s Auto Diagnostics would like to remind you that we are here to assist you in maintaining your vehcle so it is safe, reliable and fun. Consider investing a portion of your tax refund in vehicle car and maintenance at Marlin’s Auto Diagnostics, and we’ll take $25 off any invoice over $250.
Since 1995, Marlin's Auto Diagnostics has provided motorists in the Lebanon, PA 17046 area with comprehensive auto repair services. You'll be hard-pressed to find the same level of expertise that our auto mechanic specialists provide! We have years of experience working on both domestic and import vehicles of all makes and models and can work with you to find cost-effective repair and maintenance alternatives. Our goal is to offer the best services available at affordable prices to get you back on the road in no time. 
For a high-performing vehicle, trust Marlin's Auto Diagnostics with your car, truck, or van. To learn more about the services we offer, please contact us by phone at 717-273-8550 or send us an email. We also invite you to learn more about our dedication to you, our valued customer

Shirley_and_Camelia_from_Ricks_PerformanceRick's Performance of Pleasonton, California
Looking to save some cash? The folks at Rick’s Performance know this is a taxing time, and they want you to save on sales tax! Schedule a service with Rick’s Performance on any Wednesday between now and April 15th, and they’ll pay your sales tax (on all services $1,000 and below)!
Meanwhile, Camelia and Shirley at Rick's Performance are wearing their CFF logos to raise awareness that they are AskPatty Certified Female Friendly. WOOT!

Waukegan_tire_kiss-me-im-soberWaukegan Tire of Grayslake, Park City, and Waukegan, Illinois
Once again, Waukegan Tire is adding an inexpensive item to its auto parts inventory: "Kiss Me, I'm Sober" buttons promoting sober driving for St. Patrick's Day. During the month of March, Waukegan Tire is selling the buttons for $1, and matching every dollar made through the sales in a donation to the Chicagoland chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. For several years, these buttons promoting a safe message for the St. Patrick’s holiday have been a popular item at Waukegan Tire. 

 

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners In The News:

Waynes_Tow_Man_pink_towtruckWayne’s Tow Man of Aiken, South Carolina
Wayne’s Tow Man is a dedicated company committed to providing excellent customer service thru a team that cares and serves our customers. Total Satisfaction is our Goal!!
Wayne’s offers 24 hour towing and roadside service, including an awesome pink tow truck, and their teensy little spokesman makes celebrity appearances to support female friendly events.
As a NAPA Auto Care Center, and a AAA approved auto repair and towing center we follow a strict code of ethics so customers will know up front what to expect. As part of this code, we pledge to perform high-quality diagnostic and repair services at a fair price, using quality NAPA parts employing ASE-certified technicians in all areas of work performed. Wayne’s Tow Man is dedicated to customer satisfaction exercising reasonable care for the customer's property while it is on our property.


GLCU_Financial_Fitness-728x90Great Lakes Credit Union -- 12 locations in Illinois and Wisconsin
Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU) is a full-service financial institution offering competitive auto loansnationwide. GLCU can help get you behind the wheel of the new or used car, truck, van, motorcycle or RV of your dreams. Count on GLCU to give you low interest rates, affordable monthly payments, an easy application process and fast approval. Talk to one of our loan consultants today and get pre-approved for your loan giving you confidence and bargaining power at the dealer.  That is truly being a savvy consumer!  
Great Lakes Credit Uniton can help you become financially fit with tips, ideas, and financial options!  Whether you're interested in developing a workable spending and savings plan, getting out of debt, understanding and improving your credit, buying a new car, looking for a mortgage, establishing kids accounts, exploring student loans or planning for your financial future, these educational tools can help.

Waukegan_Tire_WishIMayBannerWaukegan Tire of Grayslake, Park City, and Waukegan, Illinois
Waukegan Tire is taking part in BCureful by helping to support Bcureful’s efforts to focus resources on Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Help Waukegan Tire contribute to this all-volunteer organization as it aids in the development of a new TSC Center at Lurie Children’s Hospital and provides a gap in the funding needed for a critical research project at NYU Langone Medical Center. Help us help them!

 

Welcome These Businesses to the AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Family:

O'daniel mazda automartO'Daniel Mazda/Automart of South Bend, Ft. Wayne, and Indianapolis, Indiana
O'Daniel Automart/Mazda is proud to be an automotive leader in our area. Since opening our doors, O'Daniel Automart/Mazda has kept a firm commitment to our customers. We offer a wide selection of vehicles and hope to make the car buying process as quick and hassle free as possible.
If you would like financing options and you are in the market to purchase a new Mazda or used car or truck, we will provide assistance to help you find financing options that fit your needs! Whether you have bad credit, no credit, or are a first time car buyer, you can trust that O'Daniel Automart/Mazda will get you into the car or truck you choose with professionalism and attention to your needs.
O'Daniel Automart/Mazda has an experienced and reliable Service and Parts departments that are open extra hours to help fit our customers' hectic schedules, and as always, O'Daniel Automart/Mazda offers competitive pricing for your automotive maintenance needs. Customer satisfaction is our highest priority, and our staff is committed to achieving this goal in every aspect of our business. Please feel free to reach us at (888) 743-2621 if you have any questions or comments.

M&C_TireM&C Tire of Kalispell, Montana 
At M&C Tire we are "Your Total Tire Dealer" and we carry tires for commercial, farm, industrial, and OTR tires all matched with affordable low prices.  We offer a great selection of tires at M&C Tire including nationally recognized brands: Michelin, BFGoodrich and Uniroyal. 
Since 1979 we have been a locally owned, hometown service. Located in Kalispell Montana with the ability to serve Flathead Valley, MT. Stop in to one of our location and see our unmatched service.  We can attend to any of your motor vehicle’s needs, even newly released HYBRID VEHICLES.  
Our TIA certified technicians can perform quality services such as, low profile installation, PAX tires, rotations, computer spin balance, and flat repairs.  Our website also features a Tire Size Finder, in case you are unsure of the tires you need. For any questions please contact us online or call (406) 752-9662.

Vermont-tire-and-serviceVermont Tire & Service of South Burlington and Montpelier, Vermont
Vermont Tire & Service of Montpelier have proudly been servicing Central and Northern Vermont for over 30 years.  Our knowledgeable staff is committed to giving our customers the best experience possible; delivering service and value that have been hallmarks of our retail stores.
We aim to educate our customers with information to make the choices about what tire is right for them, not just what the latest special or trend is.  Because we are an independent tire dealer, we have no single affiliation with one manufacturer, so we are free to make decisions based on your needs and requirements.  We know your safety and comfort depend on how well we do our job.
In addition, to help get the maximum wear and gas mileage from your tires, we offer a free front-end alignment with purchase of four all season tires and we will rotate your tires free every 5,000 miles, for as long as you own your car.  We want to make sure that your tires give you the maximum in performance and the best value for your dollar.

Be sure to check out all the great things our Certified Female Friendly partners accomplished in February!

 

September 04, 2013

Top Tips for Tailgating

Thinkstock-tailgating-200361156-00sLabor Day has passed, summer vacations are over, and the kids are back in school; while it might seem that all the fun is behind us, football fans welcome a new season of their favorite sport, celebrating many weekend games in the parking lot of their team’s arena.

Whether you're a superfan or just love one, the start of the season means it's time for tailgating. And for those who love to entertain, tailgating is almost as much a sport as the game itself. 

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March 25, 2013

Brandy Schaffels, formerly Senior Editor of TrueCar.com, Takes New Post as AskPatty Chief Editor

Brandy_Schaffels_AskPatty_Headshot-1AskPatty.com Inc., a website, blog, and online resource that serves as a safe haven for women to connect with Certified Female Friendly® automotive retailers, today announced that TrueCar.com's former Senior Editor, Brandy Schaffels, would be stepping into the role of Chief Editor for the AskPatty.com website and blog. A true car girl at heart, Brandy Schaffels has spent more than 25 years as a journalist supporting the automotive industry. 

In her new role as Chief Editor of the AskPatty.com Automotive Advice for Women website and blog, she will create a variety of informational woman-focused content on all subjects from car care and maintenance, to lifestyle-related features, vehicle reviews, and news.

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March 06, 2013

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee SRT Take on the Texas Hills and the new Circuit of the Americas

Jeep-frontAustin, Texas: Jeep’s update of its 2014 Grand Cherokee model makes it new; there are new drivetrains, more luxury and a bevy of options for off-road prowess define it and its sizzling sibling- the high-performance, lap-of-luxury 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT. One of the original mid-sized luxury SUVs to come to market in 1992, the newest version seats five and is an authentic competitor to VW, Land Rover, BMW, and other high-end sport utes. It’s priced from $28,795 to $50,995; the Grand Cherokee Limited with Jeep’s new EcoDiesel V6 is the lowest priced diesel SUV in the market at $40, 295, says Chrysler.

The exterior strikes a nice visual balance between refinement and ruggedness, with a grille that has been redesigned to give more luxo character overall, with distinguishing trim around each of the signature vertical slots. Slimmer headlamps and a shorter upper grille put a check in the “more refined” category, while 17-inch all-season tires (standard on base Laredo models) and a beefy lower grille have “rugged” cred – plus, depending on the trim level, tires get as big as 20 inches. The rear has new, larger tail lamps with smart LED lighting, a larger, more aerodynamic rear spoiler, and a re-sculpted tailgate. Dual exhaust tips are standard on all Limited, Overland and Summit models. Front and rear LED lighting, including bi-xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps on higher end models, make Grand Cherokee grandly bright on the road.

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February 25, 2013

Kia Shows off Two Updated Models with More for Your Money

Sorento-1For its fourth birthday as a unibody crossover SUV, the Kia Sorento is getting the equivalent of a pony, a piñata party and a wardrobe of amazing new clothes all at once. Among its gifts: a completely new chassis, a new V6 engine, a redesigned interior and some vamped-up, top-of-the-line features including an entirely new high-end trim line. Kia wants to be known for design, safety and value.

  The Sorento’s facelift freshens its design, while inside you’ll find improved conveniences, upgraded materials and more amenities. A top IIHS safety pick, Sorento seats five or seven (there are 2-row and 3-row versions), and comes in front-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive models that start at $24,950, including destination charges. In case you have not noticed, there are a lot of vehicles in the competitive compact and medium-sized utility vehicle (CUV) segment – and they start to all look alike after awhile. Although Sorento doesn’t look radically different from its contemporaries, it has a few distinctive features that help it stand apart. Among them: a beefy grille and deep front air dam with black hexagonal grille inset behind chrome trim. Vertically set rectangular fog lamps offset sleek, slanted headlamps.

The rear end sits high and is capped at the bottom by a kickplate with a sweet-looking oval tailpipe.

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February 20, 2013

The 2013 Chicago Auto Show: The Windy City’s Annual Show is Top for Consumers

CAS_2013_LOGO_330Auto shows have a personality and the Chicago Auto Show is described by automakers and autowriters as a “down-home” show—and they love it! There’s even an event sponsored by all the automakers for the press and other early attendees called “Sweet Home Chicago”! But, don’t let its slower pace and more comfortable setting make you think it’s small. In fact, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and this year’s show marked the 105th annual event, which makes it the longest-running and one of the best-attended shows in the world. Sponsored by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association dealers, the show is held at the McCormick Place Convention Complex where the enormous amount of space on hand brings an ease for car makers to offer free concerts and set up experiential test tracks. There’s also a ‘social media day’ now held annually that draws a wide variety of presenters and consumers to come together to evaluate and promote this new landscape and its effect on the automotive industry. AskPatty.com was one of the presenters this year, helping to showcase the exciting and rapidly-growing arena of Marketing to Women.

But, at the end of the day, an auto show is really about new sheet metal and the introductions of new models soon to hit the streets along with the unveiling of concept vehicles that are experiments in design and technology and are meant to take the temperature of the audience, plus help automakers make decisions about whether to move forward with a particular model or technology. There were a number of both-new models that will be in dealerships soon and a few hot concepts. My personal favorites were the 2014 Toyota Tundra, the 2014 Ram Promaster, the 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO and Nissan NV200, and the Kia Crossover CUT Concept.

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February 18, 2013

Costco Auto Buying Program offers big deals on GM products

CostcoThe Costco Auto Program today announced the outcome of its most-recent offer with General Motors. Preliminary sales results for the Chevrolet, Buick and GMC Special Offer indicate the number of eligible vehicles sold is more than 15,000 – nearly triple the final sales results of last winter’s promotional offer from the Costco Auto Program and GM. The Chevrolet, Buick and GMC Special Offer took place Oct. 2, 2012, through Jan. 2, 2013.

During the promotional period, Costco members were able to purchase select 2012 and 2013 Chevrolet, Buick and GMC models at GM Preferred Pricing, in addition to receiving all publicly available rebates and incentives. Moreover, Costco members who made an eligible purchase qualified to receive a $500 Costco Cash Card after completing a Costco Auto Program member satisfaction survey. “The Chevrolet, Buick and GMC Special Offer exceeded our expectations but we’re not surprised by it,” said John Gleason, Costco Services Manager. “Costco makes every effort to ensure members receive a great value and exceptional service".

The results clearly show our members recognize the great values the Costco Auto Program delivers.” The Costco Auto Program attributes the offer’s overall success to several factors; including, the diverse selection and popularity of eligible vehicles, comprehensive messaging to Costco members, national public relations efforts and word-of-mouth.

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February 11, 2013

Chicago Auto Show Brings the Bling

The Nation's longest running auto show in Chicago opened it's doors for a media preview of this year's latest and upcoming redesigned and brand new models.  Here is  a sneak peek at what we saw at this years show:

Jaguar introduced their latest XJ and XF models which will feature AWD 3.0 Liter V6 engines. The XF will also be available in RWD and XFR-S. The XFR-S is 550 hp and, "is one serious motorcar," said Jaguar and Land Rover President, Andy Goss. Meanwhile the manufacturer also introduced their fourth generation Range Rover which will feature an all aluminum body. "Everything about this Range Rover is new except the engine," Goss added. They will also be releasing a two seater F-type sports car, "which is our most important new car we have released in many years." 

KiaAlso in the new car mix is Kia who introduced a very svelte concept crossover and their new Superhero, DC Comics inspired line.  Michael Sprague Executive VP of Kia's Marketing and Communications gave a glimpse of models with superhero paint, logos, and trims. The Optima Hybrid and Sorento will be available in this line and Kia's  'hero' theme ties in with their  Builtforjustice.com program which helps those located in the Horn of Africa. Kia will also have, "seven all new significantly redesigned vehicles to go on sale this year," Sprague said. The Kia Forte is one of those redesigns which will be available in March. The Forte will offer two trims and will be a turbo charged compact which features 201 hp. 

Nissan's VP Joe Castelli introduced the manufacturer's expansion of their Nismo option which now includes a Juke Nismo and 370 Z Nismo. There will also be a Nissan GTR track edition which will sell 150 units.  This highly anticipated GTR track edition will feature an even greater level of high performance components. 

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January 28, 2013

The 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show: Automakers Keep the Sport in Sport Utes

IMG_0277Although southern California is celebrated as a sports car mecca, sport utility vehicles of every size and type were among the biggest hits at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show. More than 40 different brands parked their new models and concept renditions on the ‘red carpet’ at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as 50 new vehicles made their premier entrance or global debut. The LAIAS is among the most significant shows in annual big-city show season in the U.S. and the home of the Greater Los Angeles Auto Dealers Association (GLANCDA), the umbrella organization for local and regional dealers. The LAIAS is followed by 2013 auto shows in Detroit (January), Chicago (February), New York (April) and other cities across the nation.

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