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December 13, 2013

AskPatty Takes a Look at “50 Shades of Gray” -- in Automotive Paint Shades!

2014 Audi Allroad in Monsoon Gray

In the “Fifty Shades of Grey,” book trilogy written by E L James, the number fifty describes Christian Grey, a man of many moods, talents, personalities, and vehicles (including jets and yachts).

With all the buzz in the media about the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie adaptation, I thought it would be fun to list 25 shades of grays for 25 of my favorite cars. To be sure, most cars do look super sexy in certain shades of silver.

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October 22, 2013

Kia's Newest Star: The 2014 Soul

Soul takes center stage
Kia Soul in Minneapolis

When the Kia Soul came to market in 2010, the company was trying to reinvent itself to appeal to the children of baby boomers, aka Gen Y. At the time, Tom Loveless, VP of Sales for Kia Motors said,   “This is the tip of a very big iceberg. It’s the direction Kia is going.”

And I wrote, “Could it be that, by next year, it will actually be cool to own a Kia?”

My prediction was spot on. Kia has certainly upped its cool factor, especially with the Soul, an urban hatchback that, like Gen Y, is not cut from the mold. 

The ad campaign for Soul, which started out featuring hamsters on wheels, was different from the get-go. Over the years, Kia has grown the hamster theme to incorporate everything from rapping and hip-hop hamsters to this year’s edition, Lady Gaga

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October 10, 2013

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Hosts PINK OUT Day

Atp_vioc_300x250As a part of their month-long promotion in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Valvoline Instant Oil Change stores nationwide are participating in a “Pink Out” day on October 10th. As you can see, some of the team at AskPatty joined in on the fun and “Pinked Out” for VIOC, too!

VIOC_autotex_pink_wiper_blades_6810When we talked to VIOC about their special day, they told us “Pink Out Day is a visual event for a very visual product.” The product, of course, is AutoTex PINK Wiper Blades, and they're taking automotive retailers nationwide by storm this October. The goal of these wipers is to “Wipe Out Breast Cancer,” and they're following through on that promise by donating 20% of every blade sold to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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August 12, 2013

2013 Ford Escape From A BMW X5 Owner's Perspective

Ford Escape 2014
2014 Ford Escape

When you put a friend whose main ride is a fully loaded 2010 BMW X5 into the driver’s seat of a 2013 Ford Escape, you kind of hold your breath.

Then again, this Escape was all new: a delightful ginger metallic color with 19-inch painted aluminum wheels and silver roof rails. The charcoal black interior had leather-trimmed seats and a Sync activated voice system that Kathy quickly figured out. All in all, it was a pretty snazzy ride.

Kathy settled in and murmured,  “Nice seats, much more comfortable than my car.” Hmmmm…

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July 29, 2013

Small Footprint With Lots of Sparkle: MINI Cooper S

2013-Mini-CooperPeople always ask me what my favorite car is. And I always answer tactfully, “Whatever I am driving this week.” If pushed, I concede to the one vehicle I’d have in Manhattan, the MINI Cooper S.

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July 05, 2013

2014 Acura MDX: Updated According to Consumer Feedback


2014-Acura-MDX-frontview_0090One of the most interesting aspects of being an automotive writer is discovering the back-story behind the technical, physical, and design elements of creating a better vehicle. Like fashion, electronics, and other industries, automakers update their products every year. But, how and why do they do it? 

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May 27, 2013

Cadillac's Fashionable New Design: Driven By Style


Cadillac launches Style DrivenFor Cadillac’s launch of Style Driven, an initiative blending fashion and automotive design, they chose Hundred Acres, a sustainable restaurant in SoHo, New York. The environment: a mellow mix of new age farm-to-table vintage and quiet luxury.

Style Driven, a four-part video series, follows the life of fashion stylist Erin Walsh, with celebrity clients that include: Kristen Wiig, Kerry Washington and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The series follows Walsh as she is ferried around New York City in a Cadillac SRX choosing dresses and accessories for the Costume Institute Benefit at the Met in New York City. This year the theme was punk. But, we’re talking high-voltage high-style punk.

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April 16, 2013

Erin Evernham, The Only Woman To Ever Win A World Of Outlaws Race, Asks Sir Stirling Moss, "Excuse Me, Sir?"

ErinEvernhamWorld Of OutlawsWinnerWith all due respect to Sir Stirling Moss and all his racing accomplishments, I respectfully disagree with his latest statement in which he said just a few days ago, “The trouble is, when you’re racing, it’s pretty tiring. We had three-hour races in those days. You needed tremendous concentration. Now races are only one hour and 10 minutes… We’ve got some very strong and robust ladies, but, when your life is at risk, I think the strain of that in a competitive situation will tell when you’re trying to win… The mental stress I think would be pretty difficult for a lady to deal with in a practical fashion. I just don’t think they have the aptitude to win a Formula One race.”

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April 08, 2013

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Gets Complete Makeover: New Features and Prices Make it a Standout in its Class

2014_Mitsubishi_Outlander_Front_Exterior_SE_3Brasada 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. 

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April 03, 2013

Attention Twitter Partiers: Double the fun and prizes in April with AskPatty!

It's Twitter Party time again!  Join the AskPatty team for TWO exciting Twitter parties this month!  Both will be full of the fun, educational automotive content you always get from AskPatty, covering two different topics and offering two great prize sets!  Take a look...

Spring Cleaning with 3M

Spring Cleaning is a Breeze with 3M Auto!

The experts at 3M Auto are partnering with AskPatty to bring the message of Spring Cleaning with 3M to the masses! Join us for a Twitter Party like no other and learn all about ways to make your car a clean, inviting sanctuary on the road with the help of 3M Auto Essentials, a series of easy-to-use, inexpensive detailing solutions that can be used in the comfort of your own garage - available in-store in select Advance Auto Parts beginning April 1st!

What are you waiting for? Registered participants get a chance to win some great car care products, so let 3M and Ask Patty make your auto springtime fresh.

Grand Prize Package:
  • Auto Essentials All-Purpose Scrub
  • Auto Essentials Tire
  • Auto Essentials Leather & Vinyl Restore
  • Auto Essentials Glass
  • Auto Essentials Spray Wax
  • Bondo® Body Filler Single Use
  • Headlight Restoration Kit - No Tools Required
  • Scratch Removal System
  • Paint Restoration System
  • Leather & Vinyl Repair Kit
Other prizes include:
  • Auto Essentials All-Purpose Scrub
  • Auto Essentials Tire
  • Auto Essentials Leather & Vinyl Restore
  • Auto Essentials Glass
  • Auto Essentials Spray Wax
  • ...and more!
Wednesday, April 10
5 p.m. PST / 8p.m. EST
Sign Up Here!

FRAM Fresh Breeze Twitter Party

Have a Breath of Fresh Air with FRAM!

Spring has arrived, but are you breathing as easily as you should be? We spend an average of 18 hours a week behind the wheel, and air inside your car can be up to six times dirtier than the air outside! Join experts from FRAM and AskPatty as we talk allergens, pollutants, and filtration education at a #FRAMFreshBreeze Party! Register, come party with us, and walk away with a great Spring picnic basket full of FRAM goodies!  Sign up, use hashtag #FRAMFreshBreeze, and party it up Fresh Breeze style!

FRAM's Breath of Fresh Air Picnic Basket Includes:
  • Picnic basket
  • Blanket
  • A FRAM® Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter
  • Other great FRAM Products
  • ...lots more prizes TBA!
Tuesday, April 16
5 p.m. PST / 8p.m. EST
Sign Up Here!

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