Google Glass demo at NYC Basecamp

As part of an influencer program with Land Rover USA ahead of NYIAS, we visited the Google Glass Basecamp in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Wearing Google Glass is definitely a conversation starter, and it becomes an automatic opportunity for you to serve as a brand ambassador as those around you inquire about [...]

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Social media influencer recap of #NextGenesis launch

Last weekend, Hyundai saved the most fun for last by putting social media influencers from all backgrounds together for the final wave of its launch of the 2015 Genesis. Using the hashtag #NextGenesis, our group flooded Twitter and Instagram with hundreds of pictures of our adventures and the car. We were thrilled to be included [...]

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How a car mount for my phone made me a distraction-free driver

BY Whitney Gonzalez | Contributor, @whitneygonzalez With AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign and others similar to it, it’s hard to say that some people are unaware of the dangers of distracted driving. Of those who are aware, only a select few actually practice safe, distraction-free driving. Up until recently, I was a distracted driver who ignored [...]

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New Jeep Cherokee is a trailblazer

Consider me converted. I still prefer the styling when it’s paired with the Trailhawk trim level, but Jeep’s new Cherokee has finally won me over. The Trailhawk package really brings out the ‘VehiCROSS’ in this new Jeep, and I was a big fan of Isuzu’s funky ute back in the day. It all started when Jeep revealed [...]

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What Michelin Taught Me About the Importance of Safe Tires

BY Whitney Gonzalez | Contributor, @whitneygonzalez What tires are you driving on? What kind of condition are they in? These are the kind of questions that can determine whether your next trip will be a safe one or not. Last week, I was invited to Michelin’s Proving Grounds outside of Greenville, SC, to learn about [...]

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2014 Hyundai Equus brings ‘Ultimate’ luxury for under $70,000

Hyundai guarantees ‘Ultimate’ luxury for less Hyundai continues to break barriers in the luxury sedan market with its refreshed Equus sedan. Powered by a 5.0L V8 and 429 horsepower, the Equus is the sleek, athletic stallion that its name suggests. In the land of luxury a la carte, Hyundai brings us a fresh of breath air [...]

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Doing away with the ‘domestic’ versus ‘foreign’ mentality

In the February 3, 2014 issue of Automotive News, I read editor-in-chief Keith Crain’s weekly column commenting on some aspect of the auto industry. I was pleased to learn that Crain recognizes just how different today’s automotive retail landscape is. The buzz right now is of course the trend of buying cars online or direct [...]

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Cadillac’s 2014 CTS sedan is one sexy people hauler

Cadillac has been wooing me over the last couple of years – from the ATS, to the Escalade Hybrid, to the all-new CTS sedan. Their design and performance teams have heard the people’s cry and have risen to the challenge, producing a series of legitimate German-car fighters. The 2014 CTS is no exception. This car [...]

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Meet Whitney Gonzalez, a drag racer’s daughter

BY Whitney Gonzalez | Guest contributor, @whitneygonzalez Some families gather to watch baseball or football; mine gathers to watch the races. I have spent my weekends perched upon racetrack bleachers for as long as I can remember. Watching my father drag race remains inspiring. Looking on as he tinkered, experimented and repaired race cars sparked my love [...]

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Video: Chevrolet’s Ryan Vaughan makes tech central to 2015 Corvette Z06 interior

As cars (even sports cars) transform into computers on wheels, Chevrolet’s newest Corvette comes stock with technological features thanks to Ryan Vaughan, design manager for performance car interiors (read, “really awesome job”) at General Motors. Check out this video where Vaughan explains what all he’s packed into the 2015 Corvette Z06.

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NRG eVgo prepping for 10 EV charging stations in DC area

We’ve been tracking the progress of NRG eVgo’s promise to bring 40 electric vehicle charging stations to the D.C. metropolitan area. In an email to its customers, the company recently announced that 10 of its Freedom Station® sites are now open, under construction or have been permitted. Each station has both Level 2 and DC fast [...]

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Melanie Batenchuk presents WAPA’s 2014 Golden Quill Award to Autoweek contributor, Eric Tegler

Last week during the 2014 Washington Auto Show, automotive writer Eric Tegler received the Washington Automotive Press Association’s 2014 Golden Quill Award for excellency in journalism. Tegler wrote a piece for Autoweek magazine on cyber security in cars that was thought provoking and really made readers ponder the new era of data. Read the full [...]

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Be Car Chic looks back at 2013

It’s safe to say that 2013 was a great year for Be Car Chic, and for me personally. Heading into my fifth year running this website (or “blog”, as I’m not afraid to call it), I am thankful for all of the opportunities this platform has provided me. I have the great privilege of communicating [...]

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Melanie Batenchuk joins The Bill Press Show live from Detroit

On January 14, I got to spend some time chatting with Bill Press on his nationally syndicated radio show. The topic? The 2014 North American International Auto Show, a.k.a. the Detroit Auto Show. I reported live from the Motor City last week to provide The Bill Press Show a run-down of the mood at NAIAS [...]

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GM’s OnStar gets into the Santa Spirit

If you have young kids, you’ve probably checked out NORAD’s Santa Tracker each Christmas Eve. (Heck, even if you’re an adult you think it’s pretty cool.) General Motors’ OnStar service has teamed up with NORAD for the past five years to give drivers a chance to keep tabs on the man in the big red [...]

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Infographic: Could affordable auto financing be under threat?

A few weeks ago, we told you about an issue between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and auto dealers that’s been heating up in the nation’s capital. Below is an infographic from the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) that aims to explain this complex issue in a visually easy-to-digest manner. Take a look and [...]

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Join Melanie Batenchuk on December 3 for #ODSAWchat

We talk a good deal about driver safety here on Be Car Chic, but it’s typically focused at teenage and novice drivers. This week, December 2 through December 9, we’re going to talk about older driver safety because it is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (ODSAW). Sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), this [...]

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Watch CFPB auto forum live stream here

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is holding an auto forum this morning. We mentioned this yesterday – get background here. Thought we’d toss up the video stream here for your viewing pleasure – and in case the CFPB’s website is too crowded with visitors. Feel free to chime in via the comments below or [...]

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CFPB auto lending issue heats up

There’s been a lot of talk about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and automotive lending this week. On Tuesday, CFPB chief Richard Cordray presented the agency’s fourth semi-annual report before the Senate Banking Committee. It wasn’t long before the topic of CFPB’s involvement in dealer-assisted finance made an appearance. An automotive forum between CFPB, Cordray [...]

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5 tips for traveling smartly this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and now is the time to start preparing for that long road trip to see the family. We worked with our friends at General Motors to put together these savvy travel tips for Turkey Day. 1) Pre-trip Preparation – Don’t let procrastination get the best of you. When all you [...]

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NHTSA announces ’5 to Drive’ teen safety initiative

Did you know? Motor vehicle crashes are the number-one cause of teen deaths between the ages of 14 and 18. NHTSA, whose priority remains “saving lives”, has launched a new program to address teen driving safety. The “5 to Drive” campaign aims to encourage parents of teen drivers are soon-to-be-new drivers to talk to their [...]

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Desert Dream: AMG experience with Mercedes-Benz

There are few comparisons to getting in one of your favorite sports cars and going 135 mph around a dusty race track, propelled by 622 horses. As automotive writers and enthusiasts, I think it’s fair to say that these are our favorite times. Driving high-end sports cars is, in a way, a reward for our [...]

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A parent’s perspective on Teen Driver Safety Week

Editor’s note:  This is a guest blog post from Tim Hollister, who lost his son Reid in 2006 to a car crash. In honor of the upcoming Teen Driver Safety Week (October 20-26), we invited Tim to share his story and wisdom with our readers on how to keep teenagers safe behind the wheel, even [...]

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