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December 12, 2007

Ask Patty Around the World Blog Carnival: December 12, 2007

Welcome back to the AskPatty Blog Carnival where Wednesdays provide a midweek fix of interesting automotive tidbits from around the blogosphere.

Annakretz Whether Anna Kretz likes it or not (and sometimes she does), the 35-year GM veteran is a role model for rising female executives inside the company. The brains behind General Motors' hot new crossovers -- the Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave - Anna is one of the most powerful women in the auto industry.
Instead of eating fatty stadium food, chew on fresh-grilled stuff! Tailgating takes a guilt-free turn  as Hungry Girl's "Goddess of Grub" teams up with the "Guru of Grilling" to share healthy tailgating tips you can enjoy at your next tailgating event.

Fordverveconcept Every now and then, we search google for pink cars just to see what we might find. Over at Edmunds' DrivingWoman blog, we discovered  this bright raspberry pink Verve concept car from Ford. Obviously aimed at females, the little two-door hatchback has got raspberry-rimmed wheels and a cabin decorated with orange lights, raspberry, pink, purple, maroon and gray trim, and even red seatbelts! Just makes you want to drive it home, doesn't it?

Cnncomtravel_2 Traveling for the holidays? Welcome to the tricky new world of rental cars. Unable to raise their rates or impose significant cancellation penalties on their customers, rental companies have always relied on fees and surcharges to eke out a profit. But they are doing so now with more creativity and zeal, leaving frustrated customers swearing they'll never rent again. It doesn't have to be that way. shares four of the latest car rental scams -- and tells you how to avoid them.

Ctweblogo Theresa feels Tom and Ray at the Car Talk column are the closest thing she's got to having her dad for a resource, because she enjoys their sense of humor and values the information they share. She asks: "In your years of experience, who would you say is harder on a car -- men or women? I know what my dad would say; what do you say?" Do you agree with their answer? 

Earthangelfinaloutlines As gas prices fluctuate and global warming concerns grow, the International Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY) has created the Earth Angel Award, to celebrate the automaker making the most significant strides on environmental issues and initiatives. Find out more about this new automotive award!

Aptera If you're aching for Jetson-esque travel, consider this clean green three-wheeler from Aptera. You can reserve yours now for $500, with the first vehicles promised to be in driver's hands next year at this time. Consider it an early, EARLY Christmas present that sure to turn heads wherever you take it!

Teenoncellphone Reminding us that car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, MSNBC offers this informative guide to ten safety tips for first-time drivers, to help you keep your kids as safe as possible behind the wheel. Don't skip this one!

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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