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December 05, 2007

Ask Patty Around the World Blog Carnival: December 5, 2007

Ho Ho Ho! Here's your first Holiday treat from AskPatty! We're moving our Blog Carnival to Wednesdays for a midweek fix of interesting automotive tidbits from around the blogosphere.

Thecarblog The Car Blog brings us this tidbit about a second collaboration between Volkswagen of America, Inc. and First Act. The two companies are joining to support Operation Happy Note, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to sending deployed soldiers musical instruments, by donating 250 First Act electric guitars and amps to those service men and women expressing an interest in music. Operation Happy Note has received hundreds of requests for instruments from soldiers stationed overseas.

Checkenginelight On the way to Thanksgiving dinner, this blogger's  "Service Engine Soon" light lit up on her dashboard and she spent a good while fretting over what it might mean. Her service manager told her that that women are generally better than men at actually following recommended maintenance on their vehicles, including paying attention to warning lights. He speculated that men think they can take care of things themselves but underestimate how complicated automotive work is these days - and end up having caused more damage by ignoring the routine and early warning signs. Waddoyaknowaboudat?

Maserati_quattroporte Maserati Quattroporte, the $115,000-worth sedan, with 400 horses under the hood, boasts of a mix of power and prestige in chic Italian doses. But, according to a post at,  the automaker has seen a growing number of women coming into dealerships ready to buy the car. "There are a lot of reasons a woman would like the Quattroporte automatic," said Maserati Spokesman Jeff Ehoodin. "They are much more pragmatic and that leads them to the sedan, and the automatic transmission certainly makes it more appealing because it is easier to drive. And look at it, it's beautiful." Yes, it is. I'll take mine in red.

Zipcarcar This just in from Springwise:  Catering to urban dwellers in North America and the UK, Zipcar's car sharing fleet is rentable by the hour with gas and insurance included. Which allows customers to use the vehicles whenever they need them. To make finding those cars easier, Zipcar has unveiled a new mobile tracking system. How it works? Suppose a Zipcar member buys an expensive antique chair at a shop in Soho (be it New York or London). To find a car to haul it home in, they simply access Zipcar with a GPS-enabled cell phone to find the nearest vehicle and make an instant reservation, unlock the car by pressing the company's membership card to the windshield. Customer takes home the chair, then returns the car to a designated parking space. How easy is that?
Cynthia D'Amour
recently received an invitation to attend Michigan State's Business School's 42nd annual executive forum. However, she noticed that all seven speakers were men. She was flabbergasted that in 2007 the MSU Business School believes it is okay to create a major business seminar with no women as part of the program. Hmmm....

Chevy_volt Bob Kocher at the Daytona Daily News shares an informative feature on the recent development of electric vehicles, from Porsche's debut of an electric vehicle at the Paris World's Fair, to Tesla's high-end electric Porsche beater, to Chevrolet's future Volt electric beater. You're sure to get a charge out of it....
According to this news release at BodyshopBiz five female industry leaders were recently honored at the ninth annual Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry Awards program held in Las Vegas.  "The Most Influential Women program recognizes outstanding leadership in the collision repair industry and sets an example for others to follow," said Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes Americas director of marketing, Tim Loden. "Our 2007 honorees reflect great passion and commitment, and they challenge each of us to make a difference in the area of the industry that we serve." Way to go, ladies!

Zchickhome1 Hey, check  out,  a site dedicated to women who drive Datsun and Nissan Z cars. Saying the every member brings something to give the site its unique character, it's a fun place where women can share their passion for driving in the Z car tradition! It includes aftermarket tuning tips, photo galleries, and much more. Cruise on by and share some of the Z-car love.

2006_bmw_m6_coupe According to the Ventura County Star,   branding and diversity were the focus of this female BMW executive's speech at a recent at California Lutheran University Corporate Leaders Breakfast. Verena Kloos, president of BMW Group DesignworksUSA was the first female speaker in the three-year history of the breakfast series, where she spoke about how brands proliferate in our society. As president of DesignworksUSA, she has been recognized as one of the "100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry" by Automotive News. CLU Interim President Howie Wennes called her "one of the most effective women in the automotive industry today."

Cadillac_xlr_platinum_front Yahoo!@ Autos partners with Forbes to post a great article on what author Bengt Halvorson feels are the "Best- And Worst-Selling Vehicles Of 2007." Describing them as the 10 sets of wheels sprinting off showroom floors, and the 10 languishing on lots, the feature is illustrated by slide shows of all the vehicles included. Number one best selling? Ford F-150. Number one worst selling? Cadillac XLR. 

That's it for this week's AskPatty Cars Around the World Blog Carnival! Make sure to submit your article for next week's "Automotive Advice for Women Blog Carnival" using the online form or by emailing Ask Patty at

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