By Sue Mead
Different, but the Same
El Capitan Canyon Campground,
California: It was a brilliant move for GMC !
Do something distinctive to introduce the 2014 Sierra to U.S.
autowriters—because, really, the truck really isn’t that much different. What
we mean is this: The news was already out on GM’s light trucks, with the intro
of the Chevy Silverado (http://www.chevrolet.com/silverado-pickup-trucks.html), with more than 130 auto evaluators driving the
Silverado at the Knibbe Ranch in Texas recently. So, GMC decided to put a
clever and different footprint in the sand, with a ride and drive of the more
upscale Sierra along the Pacific Coast in southern Califonria, inviting a smaller group of 30 to try out the truck the way many of its
buyers might use it: touring, towing, and ‘glamping.’ (In case you haven’t heard—or done it-this is a term for glamorous
Continue reading "The 2014 GMC Sierra: Same New Capabilities as Silverado, but with More Upscale Look and Feel" »
Considering taking the family
off in the car for fun and adventure on the road this summer? There are many great things about summer
but few can match the fun of a family vacation road trip. Before you go, be sure to peruse this interactive
infographic created by the National Highway Transportation and Safety
Administration (the federal agency tasked with improving our nation’s automotive
Continue reading "NHTSA Shares Safety Tips for Summer Road Trips" »
By Sherice Bellefeuille
A few months ago, I went to Salt Lake City, Utah, to
participate in a Nitto Ride 'n Drive media event that being held at Miller
Motorsports Park. I didn’t know what to expect, but I have to say that I was
pleasantly surprised during my experience. Even though this was a winter
driving event, because this week is tire safety awareness week, I feel it is a
good time to share what I learned there.
Continue reading "SoCal Girl Takes on Winter Driving at the Nitto Ride 'N Drive Event" »
Kia previewed the 2014 Cadenza luxury sedan at L’Auberge Del Mar, an intimate resort outside of San Diego, California that sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. The property has 121 rooms with private balconies or patios and marble bathrooms, two lighted tennis courts, a spa and fitness center, an outdoor pool and hot tub and a verdant garden path that winds down to the ocean. The property once hosted the glitter of Hollywood in its glory days, including Lucy and Desi Arnaz, Bing Crosby and Esther Williams. The resort, like the Cadenza, is comfortable, stylish and carries the assurance of a long-standing institution. Kia Motors America (KMA) recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the 18th consecutive year.
Continue reading "2014 Kia Cadenza: Kudos for Kia’s Newest Luxury Sedan!" »
With the Memorial Day Holiday weekend upon us and the summer vacation
season fast approaching, we at AskPatty know there is no better time to “Be Car Care Aware”
about your vehicle.
According to the National Highway Transportation
Safety Administration (NHTSA),
an average of 13,000 Americans are killed during the summer travel season between Memorial Day weekend
and Labor Day. A portion of these deaths can be directly attributed to
unperformed vehicle maintenance as each year neglected maintenance leads
to over 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries, and more than
$2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses, and property damage.
Continue reading "Is Your Vehicle Safe for Memorial Day Travel? " »
Just in time for May Motorcycle Awareness month is a book that includes a Harley road trip about a baby boomer’s unusual journey to reinvent herself and answer, “What now?”
Beautiful, fit, happily married, and successful, former Citigroup executive and motivational speaker Linda Crill was – and saw herself – as the kind of woman who could make things happen. But after losing her husband at 57, the identity Crill held closely no longer seemed to fit. Like many of us, she found herself asking, “What now?"
Desperate for change – and in a fit of rebellion – Crill signed up for a 2,500-mile road trip down America’s Pacific Northwest coast with a group of experienced motorcycle riders. At the time, Crill had never ridden anything more powerful than a bike.
"When the unexpected occurs, the answers we are searching for are often found around 'blind curves'—the unknown,” Crill says. “This trip opened my eyes to a new way of being and became the catalyst for recreating my life.”
Continue reading "Blind Curves: a Woman's Journey from C-Suite to Bike Seat " »
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!" »
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" »
Brasada Ranch, Redmond, Oregon: Attractive new styling, more powerful and efficient engines and some of the latest creature comforts, even at the entry-level model, define the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander; it’s a crossover sport utility vehicle that seats seven. Mitsubishi says the third-generation Outlander has some “ground-breaking safety features for its class”—and we agree. It is also the only SUV at its price in its segment with three-row seating that comes standard. The new model also gets improved aerodynamics and better sound insulation; high-end technologies include adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and a crash-mitigation system. While Mitsubishi has not announced exact pricing, the new model will be priced close to the outgoing version, with an impressive array of added content over the previous generation.
Continue reading "The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Gets Complete Makeover: New Features and Prices Make it a Standout in its Class" »