Iron Man 3 broke box office records this weekend, earning
$175.3 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales, $504.8 million in
international receipts, and more than $680.1 million in the days
since its worldwide release.
And as much as we love watching the handsome Tony Stark
(played by Robert Downey Jr.) and gorgeous Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) on
the big screen, the true stars of the movie are the gadgets and toys. Who
wouldn't want to have Stark's money, laboratory, and the armored suits he uses
to fight villains? But here's another thing I wouldn't mind having: Tony Stark's
Audi R8 e-tron, or Pepper Potts' Audi S7 Sportback. Other models with cameos in
the movie are the Audi A8 L, Audi A6, Audi S5 Coupe, and Audi Q5.
Continue reading "Who is the Real Star of Iron Man 3? (Hint: It's not Robert Downey Jr.) " »
Yep, I sure do! Ever get so busy you don't know what day of
the week it is? Yep, I sure do! So here's the weekly American Idol post that
was supposed to go up on Thursday, but didn't actually get onto AskPatty until
today. Mea Culpa!
As part of each episode, the final American Idol finalists
are competing in weekly ‘Missions’ to
complete some sort of fun competition that emphasizes their own personalities –
so, things like singing, philanthropy, fashion, etc. This week's American Idol
mission, "Music Design Mashup" divided the four finalists into two
teams and gave each pair carte blanche to custom design their own 2014 Ford
Continue reading "Want to Win a Ford Fiesta Custom Designed by American Idol Finalists? " »
It’s stunning to me that many American consumers have such a negative response to diesel automobiles. They still have the mindset that diesel fuel is something out of a gothic novel—smelly, toxic, smoky, expensive, and bad for the environment.
It’s not, I assure you. Let me educate you to the future of clean diesel. In this case, it's Mercedes-Benz’ version called BlueTEC.
Continue reading "2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 4MATIC: Clean Diesel via BlueTEC" »
Without proper maintenance, your car won’t perform properly, and there’s the distinct chance it will leave you stranded somewhere. While oil changes and tire rotations are part of basic maintenance, there’s also the need for tune-ups. However, things have changed from what they once were. Do you need a tune-up? What’s included in that type of service? When do you need to schedule them? Keep reading to learn the answers to these questions.
Continue reading "Does Your Vehicle Need a Tune-Up?" »
Highlights of the 2013 Lifesavers Conference on Highway Safety
The Lifesavers Conference is an annual gathering of highway safety professionals dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries on our nation’s roadways. Denver was the site of the organization’s 31st annual event, attracting an estimated 1,700 automotive engineers, transportation officials, law enforcement, first responders, medical professionals, and child safety advocates.
And this year, I was there for AskPatty as a guest of Toyota, one of the event’s “Champion” sponsors. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect when I accepted the automaker’s invitation -- other than the vague expectation that I would learn a little something about automotive safety. What I got was three intensive days of workshops focused on different pieces of a complex puzzle: Occupant Protection (for both adults and children), Roadway Safety, Teen Traffic Safety, Distracted Driving, Impaired Driving, Law Enforcement and Vulnerable Populations (i.e., senior citizens, immigrants, Native Americans).
Continue reading "Ladies Take Note: Intelligent Technology = Improved Highway Safety " »
Time is running out to submit your application and video to
be a part of the all-new Ford Fiesta Movement! Only a few days remain to be
considered for a spot as one of the special Ford Fiesta Agents who will be one
of the first to drive the 2014 Ford Fiesta, go on unique, life-changing
missions across the country, and create cool sharable content with the best of
the best showing up in print ads or on TV.
Continue reading "Time is running out to apply for the #FiestaMovement!" »
After months of fierce competition, it's down to the final
four contestants, and Ford is giving us the inside scoop on what's happening in
the last weeks of American Idol. Each week, our inside source is sending us
some very special behind-the-scenes photos to help keep AskPatty
readers on top of each week's winners!
Continue reading "Ford Gives the Ladies of AskPatty the Inside Scoop On the Final Weeks of American Idol " »
Mitsubishi transported a group of journalists to central Oregon for the introduction of the 2014 Outlander, a seven-passenger crossover utility vehicle. The location in Redmond, Oregon--with wide-open roads, gentle hills and vistas to swoon over--was the kind of place the Outlander fits right in.
Continue reading "Changing Faces: What the new-for-2014 Mitsubishi Outlander offers Women Drivers" »
U.S. Pro Surfer and Pro Rally Star Team Up As Female First-Timers And
By Sue Mead
Casablanca to Essaouira, Morocco: It was no surprise that
pro navigator and rally driver Chrissie Beavis, 32, of San Diego, was
successful at the arduous and difficult navigation required of competitors in
the Gazelle Rally that brought
her team to an eighth-place finish out of 150 teams from 20 nations. After all,
the multi-talented Beavis has guided many celebrated drivers, such as Rhys
Millen, Tanner Foust, Ramana Lagamann and Seamus Burke to numerous stage and
overall wins, highlighted by a Pikes Peak win in 2005, a United States Rally
Championship win in 2006, and Gold and Silver Medals at the X-Games in 2007 and
2008. Beavis started campaigning her own Performance Stock Class car in 2005 in
the California Rally Series, and has also had class wins as a driver, with
several podium finishes.
Continue reading "2013 Ralleye Aicha des Gazelles Attracts Highest Number of U.S. Women Ever-and Nine Canadian Teams" »
It's a bonus! Earth
Day and Car Care Awareness Month, all rolled into
one multimedia post.
In this video, Jody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty.com, joins Easy
Does It host Ereka Vetrini to shine some light on what's really going on
under your hood. When it comes to car care, DeVere says
that the biggest mistake people make is "really not
understanding what your car needs." To combat this, she says, "Crack
open that dusty manual that's usually in the glove box of your car and
understand the basic needs of your car and the intervals that those should be done.
And then do it to the letter of the law. That's going to prevent a lot of
costly, long-term, expensive problems." Click here to watch the Easy
Does It Segment on Yahoo!Shine.
Continue reading "Go Green on Earth Day with Car Care and Fuel-Saving Tips from AskPatty" »