Welcome to the AskPatty Blog Carnival, where we provide a refreshing assortment of female friendly news and interesting automotive tidbits from around the blogosphere. Whether it's tips on how to save fuel, interviews with women in the automotive industry, or female-friendly vehicle reviews, we've got something here for everyone. Have you got something to share? Email Ask Patty at email@example.com or use the form at the end to include your own blog bits in next week's carnival!
Gas in my neighborhood is $4.75 per gallon, and we think we have it bad! According to U.S News and World Reports, "Gasoline is cheap here. At least, it is compared to what our British counterparts are paying...About 380 filling stations have experienced supply problems or closed altogether" in the U.K. Those that do remain open are charging as much as #1.99 per liter for petrol. Convert liters to gallons, pounds to dollars, and the total comes to... Just under $15 per U.S. gallon. Yikes!
Why the Toyota Camry hasn't caught on with African-American women is something of a mystery to the blogger at Gawker.com. Apparently, the car company's ad agency rep believes "[Black women] think of it as suburban, not urban; as solid but boring." Ha, you go girl! Well, ladies, Toyota likes to think of all of its customers as "sisters." And it knows just how to get you elusive African-American females to buy more of their boring suburban cars--with a crazy online fashion espionage game! Coincidentally, there's a black woman in it. And a Camry! How's that for espionage?
According to the Calgary Herald, NBC Universal's new fall television show "My Own Worst Enemy" will feature two General Motors Corp. cars as part of the network's push to get advertisers involved earlier in program development to integrate their brands. The show stars Christian Slater as Henry Spivey, an efficiency expert and family man with a split personality named Edward, a trained-to-kill government operative. The GM cars will be integrated into the show, one for each of Spivey's personalities.
According to Driving Calgary, customers like buying from women dealers. An article about Vicki Appleby, one of few female general managers running a car dealership, says the automotive industry could use more women in sales, service. According to the article: Selling cars is in this woman's blood. The 43-year-old general manager of Calgary's Crowfoot Dodge grew up watching her father buy, sell and lease vehicles at a now-defunct used car business. Read the complete article at autos.canada.com.
The blogger at iwantbettergasmileage.com asks: "If high gas prices are really busting your budget - and you don't mind standing out from the crowd - consider buying a moped for your day-to-day trips. Even if you don't use the moped as your primary vehicle, you can use it for a few trips a day and save a bundle on gas." Makes sense to me!
Designophy has a profile on Joann Jung, describing
her as a "New Breed of Automotive Designer" Saying she is "Young,
environmentally conscious and with a global vision, Joann Jung is part
of a new breed of automotive designer." She started off providing
design for the Ford Mustang, Escape and Fusion as well as designing the
interior of the Lincoln MKT Concept unveiled this year at the North
American International Auto Show. She now concentrates on the Lincoln
brand. Read more about her at designophy.com
The blogger at tellinitlikeitis.net says she continues to be amazed that in 2008, marketers and car dealership salesman remain clueless about how to sell a car to a woman, or at least how to sell cars to women like me. Her recent experiences in searching for a car have left her feeling rather frustrated, and her excellent blog outlines a few steps she strongly recommend salesmen and dealerships should follow. Sounds like she knows what it means to be "Female Friendly"!
According to U.S News and World Reports, Toyota is introducing a plug-in hybrid with next-generation lithium-ion batteries in Japan, the U.S. and Europe by 2010." Plug-in hybrids able to recharge their batteries off of a household outlet, "can run longer as an electric vehicle than regular hybrids," using less gasoline than even today's most efficient hybrid cars. The move is part of a larger green strategy Toyota is pursuing.
Marketing 2 Women E-ssentials has a great interview with Lisa Carlson, global director of marketing for Shell Lubricants, in which she discusses the brand's marketing-to-women strategy and how their "Go Red for Women" partnership with the American Heart Association has created a cause-related program that has successfully brought customers and employees together for a common cause.
Considering a Nissan but not sure which model to go for? The blogger at hazecheesley.com gives props to ItsMyNissan.com saying "it's wide open to everyone who has the same passion with cars. They can share thoughts, likes, dislikes, experiences, give tips and advice to each other. It is basically like a community where members can also post photos, blogs, comments, can add new friends, can send messages and even chat each other through the forum." Of course, you could do all that at AskPatty's www.carblabber.com as well.
I've known Rich Truesdell, editor of AutomotiveTraveler.com for nearly 15 years. We both recently had an opportunity to drive the 2009 Ford Flex, and share our different opinions of the vehicle here. (login required). I felt that the timing was unfortunate for such a large vehicle, especially at a time when all many Americans can think about is downsizing. But, after spending a long day on the road with it, he and I both agreed that the many great features of this vehicle will help people see past its size. What do you think?