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February 13, 2014

The 2014 Chicago Auto Show: Automakers’ Hot Bodies and Taut Muscles Warm the Windy City

Kia_Niro_Concept-leadBy Sue Mead

Let’s face it, women are buying more vehicles than ever and while many appreciate the look of hot bodies and taut muscles, we also care about what’s underneath a pretty face. There’s plenty of opportunity to experience both at the Chicago Auto Show, the largest auto show in America.

The special reveals for the motoring press have now finished and it’s show time for consumers to get up-close-and-personal with a captivating collection of all-new releases, charismatic concepts, and carry-over-but-updated production models for the upcoming year. In addition to the flashy exteriors in charming colors and under-the-hood ‘might and muscle,’ you’ll find some of the world’s latest and greatest technologies that range from audio, communication, and comfort upgrades to innovative safety features, designed to keep you and your family coddled and protected in your modern-day cocoon.

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February 11, 2014

Viva Volvo Las Vegas: Notes from Volvo's 2015 S60 Drive-E Reveal

2015_Volvo_S60_Las_Vegas-frontviewFront Page News:  The Volvo Car Group is undertaking an $11 billion strategy to boost the Swedish automaker’s position in the global marketplace.

New for 2014: The Swedish company just revealed a trio of 2015 Volvo 60-series models with the new Drive-E powertrains.  The trio consists of the V60 station wagon, S60 sedan, and XC60 crossover.

The skinny? In what's noted as the largest refresh in the company’s history, the four-cylinder lightweight, low-emission engines were developed in Sweden and will be implemented on each new model that Volvo rolls out in the near future.

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January 27, 2014

Hyundai Offers Family Flexibility with 2014 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Long Wheelbase

Moms shopping for a utility vehicle sometimes need help deciding whether they need two rows or three to accommodate their family. Sometimes two rows is sufficient, but other times, even a family of four may need three rows to bring along friends -- or just to keep feisty kids apart. Hyundai can accommodate both needs by offering families a choice between a long-wheelbase six/seven-passenger three-row Santa Fe sport utility vehicle or a slightly smaller five-passenger, two-row Santa Fe Sport crossover utility vehicle.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Aside from the size difference inside and out (and the extra row in the larger vehicle), styling and design across both models is similar. Hyundai designers crafted Santa Fe Sport and three-row Santa Fe together, with the primary differentiating element being the side window shape: the larger Santa Fe side windows highlight the increased passenger and cargo room behind the third-row seat. Choosing between the two vehicles ultimately comes down to the buyer’s size and budget requirements.

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January 23, 2014

All-New Family Friendly 2014 Toyota Highlander Travels the High Road

2014_Toyota_Highlander_frontviewBy Sue Mead

I had a difficult choice to make recently: to travel to Detroit, Michigan, in the dead of winter to hear some new car news and attend a few holiday parties, or travel to sunny Carmel Valley, California, to try out the all-new 2014 Toyota Highlander

Hailing from a cold clime, of course the warmth of coastal California appealed to me, but I was also very excited to take a look at the third-generation Highlander, a mid-sized crossover SUV made by the Japanese brand that has become known for quality and dependability.

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January 13, 2014

Cadillac’s Awesome Safety Secret: Rear-Seat Passenger Sensing System


If you’ve got kids, this secret safety feature is one every parent should know about: Officially called the “second-row passenger belt reminder light,” this feature found in the Cadillac SRX tells the driver which rear seat belts are occupied and safely belted when the vehicle is moving; this means you can tell if your wiggly kidlet has unbuckled his seat belt without taking your eyes off the road to look.

Unofficially, it's like having eyes in the back of your head, Mom. It's an awesome safety feature, but not many parents know to look for it when shopping for a family car.

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January 08, 2014

The Future of Car Technology: 2014 Infiniti Q50 Sport Sedan

at the news briefThe 2014 Infiniti Q50 sports sedan is much more than a fast and agile performance car.  This fine-tuned machine incorporates futuristic innovations that women will both understand and appreciate.

For example, the available Direct Adaptive Steering, (a world’s first for automotive), was initially developed by NASA in the 1970s and perfected in the airline industry. Its purpose was to respond more quickly than a pilot could.

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December 30, 2013

Ladies: The 2014 Nissan Murano Crossover is a Star!

2014_nissan_murano_06-front_beautyBy Sue Mead

Do you care about the name of your car? The story goes that the Ford Probe reminded some women of a female medical exam; it wasn’t a long-lasting run of a car moniker, whatever the reason! What we’ve learned since then is that most women actually care more about the safety, dependability and technology in their vehicle than even the brand—or its name.

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December 27, 2013

Cadillac Makes Electric Luxurious With the ELR Coupe

Palm Springs is an oasis for mid-century modern homes designed by legendary architects like Neutra and Eichler for luminaries including Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. The style emphasizes one-story structures with flat roofs, clean lines, walls of glass, ample windows and open floor plans. It was this type of design that inspired Cadillac’s Converj, the concept that the 2014 Cadillac ELR was based on.

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December 18, 2013

Fighting Range Anxiety in the Electric 2014 Chevrolet Spark

2014-Chevrolet-SparkEV-008By Matt Kelly

"It’s a rocket,” said Dave Barthmuss, GM’s Western Region PR Manager, when I took delivery of the new 2014 Chevy Spark EV for a four-day test drive in Southern California.

Able to reach 0 to 60 mph in less than 7.6 seconds, all on pure battery electric power, Barthmuss was right about the spritely performance of the electric Spark: That’s pretty good performance for an electric car. Based on the Beat, one of GM’s global triplet concept cars unveiled at the 2007 New York International Auto Show and designed at the automaker’s Korean design studio, the four-passenger Spark EV has a top speed of 90 mph and boasts 105 kilowatts (140 horsepower) of electric drive power. Not that speed was my primary interest when I took delivery however, but speed and quick pick-up did come in handy when I wanted to change lanes or merge in front of that driver talking on his cell phone while driving 75 mph in a gas-guzzling SUV on LA’s tightly packed 101 and 405 highways. But I digress.

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December 09, 2013

Driving the Can-Am Spyder - A Three-Wheeled Cruiser that Ladies can Love

Can-Am_Spyder_RT_Road_TourerIf you’re a motorcycling enthusiast who enjoys the exhilaration offered by two-wheeled forms of transportation but who doesn’t necessarily want to worry about the effects of gravity and physics that accompany such vehicles, then consider the three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder instead.

I took my first ride on one of these unique vehicles at the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach last week, on the same day that Danica Patrick was there for her #FirstTime on a Can-Am Spyder. I am not an experienced motorcyclist -- okay, I admit, I’ve never piloted a motorcycle at all -- so I had a bit of a learning curve. While my first experience might have been a little bumpy as I learned to steer and control the throttle at the same time, I didn’t have to worry about dropping a motorcycle on its side, or learn the physics of counter-steer. While some of the bloggers with previous motorcycle were quickly proficient piloting the Can-Am Spyder around the coned course, let’s just say I’ll need a little more practice before I dare venture out onto public streets.

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