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November 12, 2017

Chevy Montage All-Female Build Unveiled During #SEMA2017


Car: 1957 Chevy Pickup Engine: BMW S62 V8
Build Time:1 0 months Build Location: “Bogi’s Garage” in Phoenix, Arizona
Number of Women involved: 90 women from 19 states

 Bogi Lateiner launched the Chevy Montage project with a mission to celebrate all the women working in various capacities in the automotive industry and to offer opportunities to the next generation. Paying tribute to those that helped paved the way while forging ahead while providing the chance for women who want to learn and explore the trade in a welcoming, supportive environment

Bogi_Group_Women-ChevyMontageWHY SO MANY WOMEN?

This project is about much more than just building an awesome car. The Chevy Montage project is all about women working together—to meet that end we’ve used frequent flyer miles, built sleeping quarters within the “Bogi’s Garage” building and raised funds through an Indiegogo campaign so that as many women as possible could gather in Phoenix to help with the build. For some, it was the first time they’d ever  worked in a garage. For many, as females make up less than 2% of our industry’s work force*, it was the first time they’d worked next to another woman in the shop. This truck truly is a montage, painting a picture of the opportunities that exist in the automotive industry for all types.


Just as montage refers to the variety of women who gathered to build the truck, it also signifies the mash-up of a vintage, domestic platform powered by a modern, European engine. Not only is the BMW S62 a performance-oriented power plant, but it’s one of the last engines you’d expect to see under the hood of a Chevy pickup. Plus, Bogi started out her career in the industry as an A.S.E. Certified Technician working at a BMW dealership.

BogiHeadshotABOUT BOGI

Bogi Lateiner has been a professional mechanic for 15 years, opening her own shop, 180 Automotive, 10 years ago. Her shop has always strived to hire female mechanics and educate consumers about their vehicles, including offering car care classes to women in the community. In keeping with her passion to educate and empower, Bogi also is co-host on Velocity’s All Girls Garage TV show, is a business consultant and instructor for WorldPac Training Institute and speaks at events to further share her passion and inspire.



November 23, 2016

New Car Shopping Tips: Five Great Black Friday Deals

Thanksgiving-thinkstock-165510571Black Friday is here, which means manufacturers are offering a cornucopia of great deals to move cars off the lots during the last days of November.

If you’re looking for a great deal on a new car this Black Friday weekend, check out one of these five great sedans currently offering savings ranging as high as 24.9 percent or $5,059 off Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Pricing (MSRP).

Opportunities for savings are available nationwide and demonstrate potential pricing on new cars based on the possible discount from the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (“MSRP”). The Market Average pricing shown may feature manufacturer’s rebates and special cash incentives, depending on what our data shows to be the greatest opportunities for savings for new car shoppers in the current time period.

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November 03, 2016

The Best 2016 Cars Under $15,000

Car_keys_money-iStock_98602973-PaulBiryukovAs dealers gear up the 2017 model year, now is the perfect time to find great buys on 2016 models. Here we take a look at high-quality cars priced under $15,000. And, happily, it is very possible to find an enjoyable new car at this low end of the automotive price range.

The best cars with base prices under $15,000 are fun to drive, good looking, and reasonably well equipped, considering the price point. While in years past, this price range was almost exclusively the province of imports; today's domestic manufacturers are well represented in this price range too, with some wonderfully desirable cars. If you're shopping in this price range, you're looking at subcompacts, but that doesn't mean you'll have to give up a roomy interior. Some of the best cars under $15,000 also have roomy back seats.

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November 02, 2016

Chevrolet Adds Another Door to its 2017 Cruze

2__2017-chevrolet-cruzehatch-001-AskPatty_Car_reviewsSince its launch in the United States in September 2010, the Cruze has been Chevrolet's most popular small car in America; it was already Chevrolet's best selling car with 3.5 million units sold worldwide since its launch in 2008.

The affordable Cruze sedan is the little brother to the Malibu, and is powered by a fuel efficient but sporty powertrain, making it a high-volume seller in a very competitive segment.

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October 04, 2016

2016 Honda Accord: Accomplished New Looks

1__2016_honda_accord_sedan-AskPatty_Car_reviewIt's no secret that the Honda Accord is one of the most well-loved vehicles in the midsize market. It has been on the "10 Best" list of Car and Driver magazine a record 29 times -- something no other car has accomplished. Accord has been manufactured in Ohio since 1982, when Honda became the first Japanese automaker to move production to the U.S.

I traveled to Southern California to try out a few goodies in Honda's 2016 Dream Garage. The automaker makes over 600 products ranging from automobiles, power equipment, marine, powersports, to a jet. It's impressive. For me, however, the centerpiece of the garage is the 2016 Honda Accord.

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October 03, 2016

2016 Chevrolet Volt: High Fives to New Voltage

2016_Chevrolet_Volt-010_frontThe new Chevy Volt barely resembles its predecessor concept car that debuted in 2007 at the Detroit Auto Show -- and that isn't a bad thing.

Now in its second generation for the 2016 model year, the Volt boasts a new, clean and sporty design in a cabin that seats five; it also has a re-engineered Voltec powerplant for improved power and efficiency, convenient updates to the charging systems including "Location-Based Charging," a new transmission, and enhanced MyLink infotainment features.

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September 30, 2016

Five Best-Selling Top Safety Pick+ Family Vehicles

39-car_buying_women-family_car_keys-thinkstock-460476069When shopping for a family-friendly car, safety is the first priority. IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ vehicles are recognized for superior crash safety performance.

Here are five of the best-selling 2016 winners.

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September 08, 2016

The Best-Selling 2017 Lincoln MKZ Offers Quiet, Potent Luxury

1__2017_lincoln_mkz__profileLincoln describes its 2017 MKZ as "quiet luxury"; however the new model has a potent engine that produces a siren song -- with an impressive 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

Currently Lincoln's best-selling vehicle in North America, the midsize luxury sedan gets a significant mid-cycle refresh for the 2017 model year that is zeroed-in on updated quality, performance and style. The 2017 MKZ is the first vehicle in Lincoln's lineup to adopt the company's new design language previewed on the Continental concept car. Competitors include the Cadillac CTS and the BMW 3 Series.

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Volvo XC90 Receives “Women's World Car of the Year” Award

1_Woman_car_of_the_year-volvo_xc90The 2016 Volvo XC90 has been selected as "Women's World Car of the Year" by an organization of 20 women motoring journalists from 18 different countries.

When a group of women automotive writers (myself included) traveled to to Sweden to present the award to Volvo, the President and CEO of Volvo, Hakan Samuelsson, noted, "We are here today to acknowledge a very important segment of our customer base."

While it was the first time Volvo has hosted a press event just for women, Samuelsson suggested it would not be the last, "Our design concepts are just one aspect of where we are headed."

Besides having a legacy of safety, Volvo has a history of considering women in the design of their vehicles.

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August 31, 2016

2016 Scion iM: Toyota’s Small “Hot Hatch” Sibling

1__2016_scion_im___raodwayScion says its new 2016 iM hatchback is "waku-waku, doki-doki." Translation: Over-the-top excitement.

This Japanese brand within the Toyota stable was developed to attract the young and young-at-heart in the American market. Scion believes its 2016 Scion iM offers excitement, an impressive array of standard features, top-notch safety, and an affordable price. We agree.

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