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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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February 17, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Sonic: Fun To Drive And Fuel Efficient = Twice The Value

2013-Chevrolet-Sonic-sedan-and-hatchbackI spent two weeks driving two Sonic models, powered by two different engines, and two different transmissions, and I was pleasantly surprised. Turns out this little car is not only affordable, but it's also both fun to drive and fuel efficient, making it twice the value for a subcompact.

The only subcompact assembled in America, Sonic has been a successful vehicle for Chevrolet: Thirty percent of Sonic buyers are under 35, and nearly half of its buyers trade in a non-GM brand.

Chevrolet is especially proud of the car's excellent safety rating: Sonic is the first and only car in its class to receive a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the 2013 model was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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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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