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February 06, 2008

Ask Patty Around the World Blog Carnival: February 6, 2008

Welcome to the AskPatty Blog Carnival, where every Wednesday we provide a midweek fix of interesting automotive tidbits from around the blogosphere. In addition to our usual collection of female friendly car news, we’ve got a special section featuring items related to this week’s Chicago Auto Show, underway now. The Chicago Auto Show is celebrating its Centennial this year and Mother Nature is decorating the party with rain, sleet, and snow – it’s practically a full-on white-out blizzard! The snow might be flying outside McCormick Place, but inside, the journalists are keeping plenty warm thanks to the automotive infusion of high horsepower.

Clutchandchrome On March 4, 2008, in Daytona, Florida, 500 Harley-Davidson women riders will join together in what the company believes will be the largest women’s ride in its 105-year history. The Harley-Davidson Women’s Day Ride benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The riders will join Karen Davidson, great-granddaughter of one of the Company’s founders. Additional details on the route will be announced at ClutchandChrome soon.

Nissan According to Trade Arabia, Nissan Motors has won the 2008 Catalyst Award, an annual worldwide prize that honors exceptional initiatives from companies that support and advance women in business. This is the first time that a company headquartered in Asia has won the award which was conferred on the strength of a Nissan program called Women in the Driver’s Seat: Gender Diversity as a Lever in Japan. “Nissan worldwide is very conscious of the role of women in business and in the automotive market,” said Toru Hasegawa, managing director at Nissan Middle East. “Nissan Motor is determined to promote women and spread gender diversity in its workplace. We empower women who are great leaders and present innovation to our company. With this, we tend to inspire and encourage other manufacturers to embrace gender diversity.”

Porsche_cayman Can't seem to catch the attention of that certain someone? Well, according to your ride says more about you than you might imagine. A man pulling up to a ritzy restaurant in a two-seater Porsche 911 sends a signal that he is a determined, highly successful, middle-aged professional. A female in a Lexus RX 350 sport-utility vehicle is most likely a college-educated professional who is married with children. But the woman driving a Jaguar XF is a lover of luxury who is just as likely to be single or married. Read the complete article at and let us know what you think.

Can_you_drive_here Think you’re a good driver? Can you drive here? Check out this video at metacafe, which contains images of some of the most dangerous and difficult to pass roads in the world. These roads make Los Angeles freeways look tame.

Handcuffs Time for this driver to check her priorities! According to Yahoo news, Police recently arrested a motorist they say had a 24-pack of beer strapped in with a seat belt -- but had a 16-month-old girl unrestrained in the back seat with the toddler's mother. Mother of the year? I think NOT!

Special Section: 2008 Chicago Auto Show
Dodgechallengersrt8 Just over two years after debuting as a concept at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show, the 2008 Dodge Challenger is now ready to hit the streets for real. Check out Autoblog’s autoshow coverage to find out the details on the production Challenger revealed for the first time at the Chicago Auto show.

2009_acura_rl Those crazy Jalopnik guys have been so busy at the Chicago Auto show, you’d think there were a dozen of them here. Check out their prolific live show coverage, which includes their usual sly sense of humor along with their automotive expertise. And plenty of cars, from the Ford Transit Connect compact van, to the 2009 Acura RL, to the (yes) 2008 Dodge Challenger.

2009chevrolettraverse The boys have been busy, with photos and info on more than a dozen vehicles. They don’t have nearly the sense of humor as those Jalopnik dudes, but sometimes you just want the cold, hard facts. You’ll get plenty of those, on everything from the 2009 Chevrolet Travers to the 2009 Suzuki Equator.

Vw_routan_minivan TheCarConnection is also leading with the Challenger, understandably, as it’s probably the most exciting vehicle at the show. Beyond that however, TCC is one of the few with info on the 2009 Volkswagen Routan minivan built in partnership with Chrysler as well as the 2009 Hummer H3.

And 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

By Brandy Schaffels
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