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September 08, 2016

The Best-Selling 2017 Lincoln MKZ Offers Quiet, Potent Luxury

1__2017_lincoln_mkz__profileLincoln describes its 2017 MKZ as "quiet luxury"; however the new model has a potent engine that produces a siren song -- with an impressive 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

Currently Lincoln's best-selling vehicle in North America, the midsize luxury sedan gets a significant mid-cycle refresh for the 2017 model year that is zeroed-in on updated quality, performance and style. The 2017 MKZ is the first vehicle in Lincoln's lineup to adopt the company's new design language previewed on the Continental concept car. Competitors include the Cadillac CTS and the BMW 3 Series.

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Volvo XC90 Receives “Women's World Car of the Year” Award

1_Woman_car_of_the_year-volvo_xc90The 2016 Volvo XC90 has been selected as "Women's World Car of the Year" by an organization of 20 women motoring journalists from 18 different countries.

When a group of women automotive writers (myself included) traveled to to Sweden to present the award to Volvo, the President and CEO of Volvo, Hakan Samuelsson, noted, "We are here today to acknowledge a very important segment of our customer base."

While it was the first time Volvo has hosted a press event just for women, Samuelsson suggested it would not be the last, "Our design concepts are just one aspect of where we are headed."

Besides having a legacy of safety, Volvo has a history of considering women in the design of their vehicles.

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August 31, 2016

2016 Scion iM: Toyota’s Small “Hot Hatch” Sibling

1__2016_scion_im___raodwayScion says its new 2016 iM hatchback is "waku-waku, doki-doki." Translation: Over-the-top excitement.

This Japanese brand within the Toyota stable was developed to attract the young and young-at-heart in the American market. Scion believes its 2016 Scion iM offers excitement, an impressive array of standard features, top-notch safety, and an affordable price. We agree.

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August 29, 2016

Six Labor Day Deals for Back to School

Six_labor_day_deals_for_back_to_schoolHas this back-to-school season already taught you that your family's cargo needs have outgrown your current vehicle?

Regardless of whether your preference for getting your crew to and from school has you shopping for something large and luxurious (like the Cadillac SRX), a convenient crossover utility vehicle (like the Jeep Compass), a functional family car (like the Hyundai Sonata or Toyota Camry), or an uber-utilitarian minivan (like the Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Town & Country), the AskPatty Auto Buying Service has identified some of the very best deals to help new-car shoppers get back to school easier.

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August 26, 2016

Ladies: Sunday, August 28th is “#GoTopless” Day In Support Of Gender Equality

Obama_speaks_on_women_equality_day_2016On Sunday, August 28, 2016, people in cities around the world are invited to stand up for a women’s right to go topless in public by participating in a #GoTopless activity near them.

According to gotopless.org, GoTopless Day always falls at the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day,  which occurs every year on August 26. It was on August 26, 1920, that women earned their right to vote on the basis of Gender Equality. In 1971, the US Congress has made August 26 into a nationally recognized date and named it “Women’s Equality Day.” The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.

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August 22, 2016

First Look: 2017 Genesis G90 Luxury Sedan

519_2017_Genesis_G90-front_beautyHyundai formally launched its new Genesis luxury brand at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show in January, with its first car -- the 2017 G90 flagship sedan -- a redesigned version of its previous Hyundai Equus.

Outside, Genesis calls its new design language "Athletic Elegance," highlighting the full-size sedan with an imposing, flat-nosed grille crowned with the winged Genesis emblem, LED daytime running lights, a bold arcing profile with elegantly creased sidelines, and standard 19-inch alloy wheels. In back, chrome dual asymmetrical exhaust tips are integrated in the lower bumper to balance the vertical LED taillights.

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August 18, 2016

Hyundai Launches New Genesis Brand With Premium Features and Luxury

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Maybe you've seen, driven, or even own one of the Hyundai Genesis models. From their top-of-the-line Equus sedan to the spritely little Genesis coupe, they're sporty, sexy, and offer more luxury features than other models in the Hyundai lineup.

Following the example set by Toyota and Nissan -- who have already successfully extended their practical reputation with their own upscale offerings via their Lexus and Infiniti brands -- Hyundai seeks to expand beyond its value-driven personality into the luxury segment with its new upscale Genesis brand intended to compete against such premium German brands as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.

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August 10, 2016

TrueSavings: Great Savings on Sport Utility Vehicles

TrueSavings-Great_deals_on_SUVs_for_August-AskPatty_car_buying_serviceAugust is a Great Time to Buy a Utility Vehicle!

Back-to-school is just around the corner, and the end of summer is traditionally the best time to buy a new car because dealers are clearing space for incoming models.

Whether you want something large or small, if you’re shopping for a utility vehicle, this edition of True Savings offers something for every SUV shopper’s needs. TrueCar analysis shows potential savings ranging from 15.3% to 19.7% off Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (“MSRP”), while market average pricing on these five crossovers and SUVs demonstrates potential MSRP discounts of as much as $8,050.

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August 01, 2016

2017 Honda Ridgeline Crosses the Line Between Utility Vehicle and Truck

2017_Honda_Ridgeline_01-action-AskPatty_Car_buying_serviceSometimes, you need more than a truck, but less than a utility vehicle.

When it first went on sale in 2006, the Honda Ridgeline crossed that line, attracting shoppers with a large and flexible five-passenger cabin, crossover-like ride and handling, and a conveniently sized pickup bed large enough to hold a twin-sized mattress (laying flat) that could be accessed by a dual-action tailgate that folds down or swings open to the side. Its insulated bed-mounted cooler, something not available in any other truck at the time, was an added bonus.

Now in its second generation, Honda has redesigned its profitable four-door midsize pickup truck from the ground up to offer family, recreational, and work users a higher degree of utility and versatility.

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June 22, 2016

Summer Rides: 5 Affordable, Fuel-Efficient Convertibles

2016_mini_convertibleThe wind in your hair and a smile on your face: Nothing says summer like a convertible.

Here are five top rides for $35,000 or less, in vehicles that also get great fuel economy:

1.) MINI: The third-generation convertible since BMW took over the brand in 2002, the 2016 MINI convertible is the first to contain BMW engines. My recent test drive was in a zippy 189-horsepower turbocharged model with the great acceleration and precise handling you would expect from a BMW engine. The new MINI also contains new safety and design features, including back seats that fold down and an innovative trunk with expanding hinges. These features provide not just more cargo space, but easier access to it.

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