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May 04, 2016

Getting to Know Kathy Gilbert, Spirit of Leadership Award Honoree

Kathy_Gilbert-Spirit_of_leadership-award_2016Kathy Gilbert was honored with a Spirit of Leadership Award by the Women’s Automotive Association International during the recent NADA convention, and is on the board of the upcoming Women In Automotive Conference in Orlando, Florida, June 26th- 28th,. She is very invested and involved with women's initiatives and mentoring women leaders.

As Director of Sales and Business Development for CDK Global, Inc. (formerly ADP Dealer Services), Kathy has management responsibility for the CDK Minority and Women Dealer Business(es), which includes 1,500 clients across the United States with roughly $60M in revenue.

Kathy has more than 20 years with CDK, where she has held positions in Product Marketing, Field Sales, Sales Operations and Support, and Competitive Intelligence. Kathy is an advocate for all clients, especially minority and women automotive dealers. She continues to partner with internal and external stakeholders to deliver unique, personalized experiences for our clients and to showcase our products and services.

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May 03, 2016

‘Mopar Road Ready Powered by @Dodge’ Teen #SafeDriving Program Returns for 2016 Season

Mopar_and_BRAKES-Teen_Driving-Road_ready-A4720cc6f9laubv5bn20krl6qjvpas9 (1)The Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge teen safe-driving program is returning for the 2016 season with events scheduled over the weekend of May 14-15 in Detroit and the weekend of May 21-22 in Brandenton, Florida. The spring stops follow completely full sessions offered in 2015 by the complimentary advanced driver’s training program.

Sponsored by the FCA Foundation and supported by Mopar and Dodge, the Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge program is dedicated to training and educating teenage drivers between the ages of 15-19 with a learner's or driver's license and at least 30 hours of driving experience.

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May 02, 2016

Toyota’s 2016 RAV4 Hybrid Grows Appeal

2016_Toyota_RAV4_Limited_Hybrid-exterior_front“Until now, Toyota RAV4 sales have skewed towards female buyers,” said Bill Fay, Group VP and GM of Toyota. That was a surprise to me. However, he mentioned that they were trying to even out the score while growing the brand.

That just may happen with the introduction of the RAV4 Hybrid. While Toyota can boast sales of eight million hybrids; this is their first hybrid joining the small SUV market with competition including Honda CRV, Ford Escape, and Nissan Rogue.

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April 29, 2016

2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Offers Exclusive Luxury and Off-Road Durability

2016_Mercedes-Benz_G_Class-15C395_003Over the past 34 years, the iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class has undergone quite a transformation from its origin as a military vehicle specifically built to tackle the toughest of terrains.

Since it was brought to the civilian market in 1979 as a luxury vehicle for traversing tough off-road terrain, the boxy G-Class -- also known as the Gelaendewagen or G-Wagen -- has provided the DNA for the other SUVs built under the Mercedes-Benz brand.

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#Contest: Share Your Love For Mom To Win A #BoxOfNissans

Nissan_box_of_chocolates_01We know there are lots of different reasons why everyone loves their Mom. I might be 50 years old, but she still buys a lot of my clothes (because she loves to shop!). And when I was younger, she always used to slip me money for gas.

What about you? In honor of the approaching Mother's Day celebration on May 8, Nissan is looking for awesome-mom stories from its fans. If you've got a great story you want to share about your mom via social media, Nissan wants to hear from you. And to sweeten the story, 50 fans will win their mom a limited-edition #BoxOfNissans chocolates, so unique they cannot be purchased in any store.

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AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Telecommute

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Working from home just one day a week could lower your fuel costs by as much as 20%.

Working from home is easier than ever, thanks to the broad assortment of instant messaging, video chat, teleconferencing, and other world-flattening technologies. Avoiding the rush-hour trek to work and back just one day a week could extend your tank of gas by as much as 20%.

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April 28, 2016

National Pet Month: Keep your Pet Safe While Traveling in the Car

Cat_riding_in_car-iStock_000078802733-Arseniy45-sOnly 10 years ago, about 19 percent of owners were bringing their furry pals along with them on road trips. Since then, that number has more than doubled, as 37 percent of owners say they take their dog in the car with them, rather than leaving him behind when they travel.

According to the 2015-2016 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, 65% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 79.7 million homes. Of those, pets, 77.8 million are dogs and 85.8 million are cats, and an increasing number of these furry companions accompany their families on in the car.

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AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Monitor Your Fuel Economy

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Check your miles per gallon when you fill up to stay aware of your car’s fuel consumption.

Most cars these days have trip computers that will show you the average fuel economy of each tank of gas. Just press the button to reset the calculation at every fillup and track your numbers using a notebook, or use a handy smartphone app like Road Trip Lite, or Fuel Buddy or any of the other multitudes of fuel economy tracking apps that are available for the iPhone and Android users.

And if you don't have a trip computer or a smart phone, it's still an easy calculation, even for someone who's not good at arithmetic: simply divide the (miles driven between fillups) by (the number of gallons used) to identify your (average mpg for each tank.

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