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August 26, 2014

AskPatty Celebrates “National Dog Day” with Car Tips for Dog Lovers

Road_trip_dog-thinkstock-179046481-1200x600If you’re one of those who travels with your pooch, we know you’ve got your canine’s comfort in mind when you’re shopping for a car. In fact, according to the American Pet Products Association, more than 56 million American households own a dog, and these furry family members factor in when it’s time to put a new car into the driveway.

In a recent survey of AutoTrader.com visitors who have a dog, 75 percent take them in the car once per month or more, and 53 percent take their dog in the car at least once a week.

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August 25, 2014

A New Breed of Sexy Girl Hamsters Introduces the All-New 2015 Kia Soul EV

9207_KIA_MOTORS_ICONIC_HAMSTERS_TURN_SCIENCE_LAB_INTO_HOTBED_OF_INNOVATION_INScheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of this year, the all-electric, zero-emissions Soul EV is the centerpiece of Kia’s Clean Mobility program and the brand’s first-ever mass-marketed electric vehicle.

Since bursting on the scene in 2009 as “a new way to roll,” the funky Soul urban passenger vehicle – and an accompanying trio of music-loving hamsters – has become a genuine phenomenon, with U.S. sales of the iconic people mover increasing every year.

Now, with “geek chic” newly added to the dictionary, the latest installment of Kia Motors America’s (KMA) award-winning ad campaign finds the hamsters inhabiting a high-tech, high-energy laboratory and unleashing their inner mad scientists to create the most innovative and eco-friendly Soul yet -- and a herd of sexy female hamsters as well. BUT: Are these Kia Girl Hamsters just way too sexy? We want your opinion!

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August 20, 2014

Three Reasons You Should Be Driving a Hybrid

Fuel efficient carsYou don’t have to be a pious Prius driver (but it sure helps) to enjoy the benefits of hybrid technology. Thanks to Toyota for sharing this animated infographic that shows all the ways driving a Toyota Prius has benefitted the environment.

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August 01, 2014

The Truth About the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

2014_Mitsubishi-Mirage-sh2967_1200x600It’s a fact that the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is an inexpensive, super fuel-efficient subcompact five-door hatchback.

It’s a fact that in base DE trim with a manual transmission and no extras, the Mirage has an MSRP that starts at $12,995, though it can price as high as $17,920 in ES trim with a CVT transmission and additional options. (Note that these figures do not include $810 destination and delivery fees.)

It’s also a fact that based on EPA ratings the Mirage is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car currently for sale in the U.S. It’s powered by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 74 horsepower, and promises fuel economy of 37 mpg in the city, 45 mpg on the highway, with 40 mpg combined.

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July 28, 2014

How Hill-Hold or Hill-Start Assist Technology Makes Steep-Road Starts Safer for Drivers

2014_Mitsubishi_MIrage_Hill_Start_Assist-Scott_Harris-3733_1200x800It's a scary moment for any driver when you move your foot from the brake to the accelerator on an incline and the car begins to roll backwards: Nobody likes the anxiety of that panicked glance in the rearview mirror to see "just how close is that car behind me?" And wondering "How fast can I pull away on this steep hill?" isn't much fun either.

While sturdy torque converters used to keep automatic-transmission-equipped cars in place on an incline, today's newer automatic transmissions are more fuel-efficient and tend to rev lower, which means they can slip more. And so these days, we're often experiencing that anxious rollback moment, even in automatic-equipped cars.

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July 23, 2014

Drive Safer in the Dark with Night Vision Safety Technology from AutoLiv

LEAD-Autoliv_Night_Vision_heads_up_displayIf you've ever driven on a poorly lit road after twilight, you know how hard it can be to see either animals or pedestrians in the dark.

Collisions with pedestrians are a major cause of death, with more than 100,000 people killed each year worldwide. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Association says that the risk for fatal pedestrian accidents is almost four times greater at night than during the day, and each year more than 4,000 pedestrians are killed at night, just in the United States.

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July 21, 2014

Get your Jollies with this Late-Fifties Fiat

1959-Fiat-Jolly-front-viewThere’s much to love about this adorable little car! Called the “Jolly,” and created in the late Fifties and early Sixties off the Fiat 500 and 600, this cute little convertible was originally modified by the Italian design house Ghia to be a luxury vehicle for wealthy Europeans and for export into the United States market.

It’s widely said that the Fiat 500 of 1957 was Italy’s answer to the Volkswagen Beetle. This modified little Fiat beach buggy may have been marketed worldwide as the Jolly, but it was best known in Europe as “La Spiaggina” -- a word loosely translated as something like "beach-ette." According to the MicroCarMuseum, the name “Jolly” also means "joker" in Italian, but also transates to something light, fun, funny and pretty in other languages.

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June 30, 2014

Mitsubishi’s "First Ride" Program Highlights Car Seat and Automotive Safety

Mitsubishi_first_ride_montero_NYIAS-IMG_7562Every day, thousands of newborns around the nation leave hospitals and head home for the first time, making it a once-in-a-lifetime story to tell. While the law requires parents to have a suitable child safety seat, most people don’t think about the safety of the actual car driving them home.

Inspired by the real stories of New Yorkers going home with their newborns in taxis (an experience that does not legally require child safety seats), Mitsubishi launched its #FirstRide program in New York by giving three babies their inaugural ride home in one of America’s safest small SUVs, the 2014 Outlander, as part of Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” program, which focuses on creating awareness and educating parents on child safety.

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May 07, 2014

Ten Roomy Cars Moms Will Love for Mother’s Day

Mom_and_baby_thinkstock-81747922Mother's Day is right around the corner, and we’ve gathered up information on ten vehicles Moms would love because they offer plenty of room for families and family stuff. Regardless of whether Mom wants an SUV or a minivan, these ten practical, spacious, and luxurious selections are ideal for a family's needs thanks to flexible seating and cargo options that can accommodate big families, or families with big people.

We’re also including fuel economy figures to help you compare the cost of driving these vehicles. Even though large family vehicles aren't known for being extremely fuel efficient, there are several on this list that promise highway fuel economy above 25 miles per gallon: the 2014 Ford Explorer midsize SUV leads the pack with 28 highway mpg, while the 2014 Dodge Journey runs a close second with 26 miles per gallon highway.

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April 22, 2014

It’s Earth Day! Take a Look at Ten Earth Friendly Automobiles


Green_cars-Earth_day-Thinkstock-88012186Are you interested in electric cars? In honor of Earth Day, AskPatty has gathered up a roundup of ten eco-friendly cars that can help Earth-aware drivers reduce fuel costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce our dependency on petroleum.

While many drivers are familiar with the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, there are now are many Earth-friendly choices for new car shoppers shopping in the electric car segment. Regardless of your reasons for wanting one, and no matter which electric car you choose, consumers have more choices than ever before. 

The ten cars included in this guide represent a variety of alternative-fuel vehicles available on the market right now. Take a look and learn about your eco-friendly automotive choices.

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