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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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April 16, 2014

Automotive Industry Goes Green: 2014 DC Auto Show

Ladies, the DC Auto Show isn’t about glamour as much as it’s about policy making and the future of the car industry. In honor of Earth Month, we've collected information from the DC auto show to share more about the greening of automotive.

NissanTaxi-11.2013-7_mediumFront page: For the 2014 Washington Auto Show, Nissan rented an Amtrak train car and ferried a group of journalists from Penn Station, NYC to Washington, D.C. Since the show took place during an epic East Coast snowstorm, the train was both a pleasant and efficient way to arrive. And it’s consistent with Nissan’s push into the future of environmental changes. That objective encompasses Nissan’s NV200 vehicles (the taxicab of the future and NYC’s official taxicab) as well as some new initiatives they are rolling out with FedEx.

The scoop: The Washington Auto Show is known as the “Public Policy Show.” It is unique on the global industry circuit because of its proximity to the U.S. Congress, international diplomatic corps and federal agencies.

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April 15, 2014

Coachella McDonald's Corvette Stingray Oasis Pool Party

Corvette_Coachella_Mcdonalds_PartyCelebrities stopped by the McDonald’s and Corvette Stingray Desert Pool Party at the Bootsy Bellows Estate on April 12, 2014 to celebrate the launch of McDonald’s Bacon Clubhouse Burger and the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Celebrities sampled the new Bacon Clubhouse Burger, rode shotgun for the Stingray Experience, and beat the heat pool-side in VIP cabanas.

Many famous faces who attended the party included one of my favorite Glee stars Dianna Agron who was spotted out with her new man Thomas Cocquere and Leonardo DiCaprio who smoked electronic cigarettes and chowed down on a Bacon Clubhouse Burger and fries in his private cabana.

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April 09, 2014

Audi’s All-New 2015 A3 Offers Lovely Luxury And Leading Technology

2015_Audi_A3_Sedan_F9R9279-frontviewBy Sue Mead

“You’ll be known by the friends you choose, so pick wisely,” my mother used to say, and Audi is saying the same thing today as the German automaker releases its all-new 2015 A3 compact sports sedan. To make its point, the manufacturer took a cadre of autowriters to Silicon Valley, the leading hub for high-tech innovation and development, to draw attention to Audi’s in-car interface of connectivity and information management systems in the premium compact segment in America.  

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March 27, 2014

A Ladies’ Look at Mila Kunis’ 2014 Fiat 500 Lounge Edition Cabrio

2014_Fiat_500c_Lounge-exteriorAs we reported over at BlogHer, Mila Kunis has been spotted driving a Fiat 500 Cabrio around Los Angeles. What’s going on with the little car that Mila and Ashton are driving?

The couple recently announced their engagement and pregnancy. Engagement gift? Pregnancy gift? Doesn't matter, it's still cute. Painted black and sporting a flashy red soft-top, Mila’s Fiat Lounge Cabrio is powered by 135-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged engine boasting fuel economy of 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

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March 26, 2014

Ford’s New Super-Fuel-Efficient Fiesta Is Small But Mighty

IMG_2479_SH_CropIt’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Ford Fiesta, having preordered my 2011 Fiesta sedan before they even arrived at Ford dealerships. It’s four years old now, and Ford has refreshed the fun Fiesta for the 2014 model year, in a midcycle makeover offering styling changes, improved technology, and a brand-new super-fuel-efficient engine choice.

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February 24, 2014

Ladies Will Love The 2015 Volkswagen Golf For Its Sporty Fun, And Practical Safety


2015_Volkswagen_Golf_bdgeThe seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf has been redesigned from the ground up. The 2015 Volkswagen Golf is slightly bigger and more spacious than the model it replaced, but is lighter and more fuel-efficient. Popular with Volkswagen fans, the 2015 Golf is one hot little hatchback offering plenty of fun, sporty performance, and practical features.

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