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November 27, 2007

Ask Patty Around the Auto World Blog Carnival: November 27, 2007

Thanksgiving is past and we've all enjoyed our day of thanks and feasting, so while you're nibbling on the very last of the leftovers, why not relax with the AskPatty blog carnival? It's full of informative automotive tidbits and it won't expand your waistline.

Ab_honda_fcx_clarity_32_show According to, a telling - and very Californian - scene unfolded at last week's Los Angeles Auto Show. Carmakers showed cleaner cars ranging from GM's hybrid Silverado pickup truck to Volkswagen's clean-diesel Jetta and Honda's FCX Clarity zero-emission hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.

His or hers? Women are in driver's seat when it comes to car sales, says Cosby Woodruff, calling most of the shots when buying a car and knowing what features they want in a vehicle. Nobody at AskPatty is surprised to hear this!

Gmblogs "He said, she said," part one:  Christopher Barger, General Motors' director of social media brought the GM brand to a "Manic Mommies Escape Weekend." He said "while being the only man in the room for the entire gathering made me the natural target of much good-natured ribbing and banter, I can say unequivocally that I was made a welcome member of the group." Cool. Christopher, you're welcome at AskPatty, too!

Manic_mommies "He said, she said," part two: The first Manic Mommies Escape is over, and already they're thinking about what went well and what they could've done better. Sponsor Christopher Barger from GM, the only man in the room, was a great sport, taking the "husband bashing" in stride. Those Manic Mommies also like Christopher!

Ap_women_only The Porsche Sport Driving School in Alabama has inaugurated classes exclusively for women. Denise McCluggage participated in the initial two-day program held September 18-19 at the school's gorgeous campus, the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham. One difference about the women-only group, says chief instructor Rich Hull: "The first day, they're a little tentative. Steep learning curve. The second day releases smiles of attainment as capability blossoms--along with plans to return."

Chevyaveo Bengt Halvorson of Forbes identifies the "Year's Poorest-Performing Cars," saying "These 10 sets of wheels are the market's biggest losers--unreliable, fastest-depreciating, least safe and most recalled... Besides a standout number of recalls, we looked specifically for below-average reliability, high depreciation, and NHTSA ratings below four stars and/or IIHS results of "Marginal" or "Poor." If you're shopping for a car, don't skip this one.

Chopshopcustoms Chop Shop Customs shares AAA's Assessment Tool for Senior Drivers, saying "AAA Roadwise Review: A Tool to Help Seniors Drive Safely Longer is a scientifically validated screening tool developed by AAA and noted transportation safety researchers. This tool allows seniors to measure, in the privacy of their own home, the eight functional abilities shown to be the strongest predictors of crash risk among older drivers." If you're questioning the skills of an elderly driver, this is an informative article.

Carbonmotorse7In this interesting item, Popular Mechanics showcases the top five Next-Gen Cop Car gadgets saying "Hollywood and CSI notwithstanding, enforcing the law isn't a particularly high-tech endeavor. But a piecemeal revolution is underway, with individual agencies testing a variety of gadgets for their patrol vehicles."

Thecarblog In a second collaboration between Volkswagen of America, Inc. and First Act, the two will support Operation Happy Note, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated solely to sending deployed soldiers musical instruments, by donating 250 electric guitars and amps to those service men and women expressing an interest in music. Cool!

Lemon This just in from Mother Jones: Suckers Wanted: How Car Dealers and Other Businesses are Taking Away Your Right to Sue. Mandatory arbitration provisions, forcing people to waive their legal rights, have become standard fare in consumer contracts. Now, Congress is beginning to push back--and the business community is mobilizing for a fight. Wow.

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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