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December 17, 2012

AIADA Joins Federated Insurance to Combat Distracted Driving

Aiada logoEstablished in 1970, the American International Automobile Dealers Association, (AIADA) is the only association whose sole purpose is to represent America’s 10,000 international nameplate automobile franchises that sell and service: Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Maserati, Maybach, Mazda, Mercedes, MINI, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Saab, Scion, Smart, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. These retailers have a positive economic impact both nationally and in the local communities they serve, providing more than 500,000 American jobs.


Distracted drivingCurrently AIADA is partnered with Federated Insurance to bring attention to the growing and serious problem of distracted driving. Through the partnership, Federated Insurance is offering a free copy of its video, “In the Blink of an Eye,” to AIADA members. The video reveals the devastating, real-life consequences of distracted driving. Dealers can also request accompanying materials to increase awareness of the problem among their employees and within their local communities.


FederatedFederated Insurance provides members with products for risk management resources, customer service, financial strength, mutual structure, and association relationships. Visit to learn more.  To view a clip of the video, "In the Blink of an Eye", click here

December 03, 2012

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Takes a New Road

IMG_0010Calistoga, California: Nissan’s fourth-generation Pathfinder is completely new—and different in ways that will appeal to more women and families. The SUV weighs less, has more room and gets better fuel efficiency than the model it replaces. What’s also appealing is some clever cargo features and technology capabilities that you can’t find anywhere else in the mid-sized SUV segment. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is available in 2WD and 4WD versions and starts at a base MSRP of $28,270, while top-of-the-line Platinum versions start at $40,770. Its competitors are the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot/Passport, Toyota Highlander/4Runner, and the Chevy Traverse/Trailblazer.

IMG_0082 Nissan brought a group of automotive testers to the Solage Calistoga Hotel and Spa to cool our heels at night in quiet luxury, and spend our days motoring on the Calistoga Wine Trail, along twisty and scenic coastal routes. We also drove the 4WD version of the Pathfinder on the dirt track of a nearby ranch, and used the SUV to tow a trailer to assess its pulling prowess. Just as many modern SUVs have evolved, the Pathfinder’s looks have changed to give it a more car-like, crossover appearance. The new model is lighter by some 500 pounds, more aerodynamic, and has changed from body-on-frame architecture to a unibody build; this makes it ride less like a truck and more like a minivan. Pathfinder’s front end is distinguished by an attractive curved grille, dominated by a large Nissan badge and backed by a black honeycomb design; it stretches like a pair of wings across the entire front end. Large halogen headlamps wrap around to the sides. Optional fog lamps are mounted in the lower part of the grille. The roofline slants downward from the shoulders to the tail end, giving the Pathfinder a more coupe-like stature despite its longer, three-row size. Character lines scoop out the middle section like a waist, and the rear liftback has an integrated spoiler. Standard wheels are 18-inch alloys, with bold 20-inch wheels available on the highest-end models. Inside, Pathfinder is bigger than the previous generation version by 8.4 cubic feet overall, and there is ample room for seven passengers in the three rows of seats.

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November 19, 2012

Smooth, Sexy, Sporty and Smart:The 2013 Lexus LS

The 2013 Lexus LS: Lexus has given its flagship sedan a complete redesign and added a new sport version to the lineup. The all-new 2013 Lexus LS 460 is unapologetically big, smooth and sumptuous-both inside and out. Plus, there’s an updated version of its LS 600 hybrid that brings increased fuel efficiency and added plushness. Since it came to the market in 1989, its designers and engineers have set the tone for the Lexus brand by endowing its top-of-the-line model with a high level of craftsmanship, technology and refinement. The newest LS has a more bold exterior; an interior that has been updated with a higher level of quality and technology; there is improved safety and upgraded driving dynamics—along with more than 3,000 new parts! The base LS 460 rear wheel drive version starts at $71, 990 and the LS600 hybrid starts at $119,910.

Lexus-1We came to Tucson, known as “The Real Southwest” and parked overnight at the sumptuous Ritz Carlton Hotel, with accommodations befitting this updated opulent auto. Lexus isn’t shy about its achievements and wants its success to be recognized, so has tailored its ride and drives and media campaign to heighten the prestige of the LS. For its first introduction this summer, Lexus revealed the new model as the centerpiece to an international photo exhibit in San Francisco called the “Lexus Laws of Attraction”, at an L.A. Food and Wine event and at the legendary Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, in Monterrey, California. The new LS F Sport model was unveiled by renowned designers Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan to a global audience during a live webcast on and Facebook. Looking at the exterior of the new iconic LS, you’ll notice it has an aerodynamic sweep of a profile, with short overhangs front and rear and a relatively long midsection.

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November 02, 2012

The 2013 Ford Fusion-A Triumvirate of Models is a Home Run

Fusion 2Santa Monica, California: The view from my panoramic window took in the sun’s orange globe setting over the Pacific, a small cluster of beachgoers relaxing on the golden-colored sand, a parade of strollers and bikers along the boardwalk, and the famed Santa Monica Pier with its trademark Ferris wheel spinning its riders high into the salt air above the ocean punctuated by ribbons of neon lights.

I was in trendy Santa Monica, staying at the upscale and amiable  Casa del Mar Hotel—to drive the redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion over the course of two days. Not long ago, it would have been a fairly-short,  one-day drive, but Ford has expanded the offerings of Fusion models to three model types, and there are now three powertrain choices to select from, as well. The mid-sized sedan market today is a new, highly-competitive arena and the Blue Oval automaker has stepped up to the plate loading the bases with good product and also bringing seven new whiz-bang technology features to the game. It’s bound  to pay off!

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October 23, 2012

The 2013 Chevrolet Spark Ignites the Micro-Car Market

San Francisco, California: It’s been on sale since July in 18 metro markets with success that has outpaced expectations and General Motors has now ordered more from Korea, where it is produced, to meet the increased demand. It is the new 2013 Chevy Spark, brought to the U.S. to join the ever-growing list of micro-compact cars now available in America. This little wedge of a four-seater has a sporty look, with more cargo room than you might expect from a mini machine. With a MSRP that starts at $12,995, Chevy hoped this new model that has sold in global markets since 2009 would ignite its home market—and it already has!

Spark-1While many come to San Francisco for the charm of its cable
cars, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, souvenir shops in Chinatown and the beautiful Victorian architecture in Haight-Ashbury, a group of autowriters came to San Francisco recently to try out the new Chevy Spark in this upscale and trend-setting environment. We bunked in at the stately-but-not
precocious St. Regis Hotel and, while north of the city for our drive day, we enjoyed the Hilltop 1892 as our lunch and jumping-off point to drive the Spark.

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October 12, 2012

Infographic: Firestone's Fall Car Care Month Tips

CL81952-INFO-thumbTo celebrate Fall Car Care Month, Firestone Complete Auto Care™ is offering a car care infographic and key tips for consumers to keep their vehicles running newer, longer and to encourage safe seasonal driving.  This graphic highlights some areas of car care that Jane Q. Driver (myself included) may be neglecting!  When is the last time you had your tires rotated?  Checked your coolant level?  If the answer is "probably too long," you're not alone.  Check out the graphic for more tidbits and tips

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September 14, 2012

Infographic: The Secret Driving Habits of Men and Women

Secret-lives-of-drivers-thumbI've said it before and I'll say it again.  We love infographics!  This one comes from the good folks at, and it's a pretty fun one, even if it does deal with a serious subject: distracted driving.  They surveyed 2000 people to find out just how many distractions they take with them behind the wheel.  We've all seen the traffic-light makeup job, but ever wonder how many men shave while driving?  From the choice of footwear (or lack thereof) to eating behind the wheel, the Confused pollsters got the dirt, and then asked the big question:  "Do you think your driving habits are risky?" 

How did they answer?  More importantly, how would you answer?  Let us know in the comments, and hit the jump for the infographic in all its glory.

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September 11, 2012

Wipe Out Breast Cancer at our AutoTex PINK Twitter Party

  Every three minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Join Automotive Advice for Women and AutoTex PINK in spreading awareness this October!

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 2012, AutoTex PINK, makers of wiper blades that support breast cancer research, and have joined forces to present a breast cancer awareness Twitter bash on Tuesday, September 25 at 5pm pacific / 8pm eastern. Join AutoTex PINK and AskPatty for games, trivia, and fun.

Have car care questions? Experts from the AskPatty Panel will be on hand to answer them for you.

Win your own set of AutoTex PINK wiper blades, plus - for every attendee who registers and participates, Ask Patty will donate $2 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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July 25, 2012

Join AskPatty for a Car Care Beach Party on Twitter!

Join Ask Patty for a Car Care Beach Party on Twitter!

Road trips. Boardwalks. Surf, sun, and sand. Ask Patty brings the beach to you - kind of! Join us for a Twitter Party where the topic is car care, but the atmosphere is purely coastal. Lounge on Tweet Beach with us and stick an umbrella in your coffee while we talk cars. Experts will be on hand to answer your car care questions, and you'll love playing our Endless Summer Beach Trivia game to test your knowledge of everything beach-related! Win great prizes, including a car care beach bucket full of great products.

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June 06, 2012

Preparing and empowering women is key to a successful car buying experience

Used car buyer Senior Editor, Diana Merrill Claussen recently spoke with Kiplinger’s Associate Editor Jessica Anderson about the publication’s upcoming June issue which will highlight many tips on purchasing used vehicles and thoughts to consider when deciding between a new or used car.



It is a seller’s market

“With used car prices reselling high it’s a seller’s market to those who want to sell to the dealerships because they (the dealerships) will pay you more to acquire your used car.”

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