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February 13, 2006

At some point - is it nap time already, or time for a carsick bag? - you arrive in Hana, where the Hawaiian blessing mahalo ("may you be in divine breath") parts from the lips of everyone in the village and at the Hana-Maui resort, almost a mantra. It's a local inflection, we soon learn - mahalo, as in manana, only less urgent.

Great Drives: Maui, Hana and Haleakala (2/12/2006)
Twists, turns and the occasional bout of carsickness.

CarGirl: What Real

Women Drive

Last November, TCC ran a column by Douglas Flint entitled "What Real Men Drive," in which he claimed real men don't drive macho HUMMER H2s or diesel Ford F-350s; they drive International Scouts and Chevy El Caminos. And if they can't get their hands on one of those out-of-production models, other real-man options include:

-Any convertible (the Mazda Miata excepted) as long as the top stays down whenever it's not raining or snowing

-Any plain-Jane American four-door sedan (think Ford Crown Vic or Buick LeSabre)

-The Jeep CJ series ("pre-Eighties wussification")

-Anything with a plow on it

In response to his column, TCC reader Erin Mays wrote a letter to the editors praising Flint on his choices and concluding with, "I'm just eagerly awaiting 'What Real Women Drive' by TCC's CarGirl."

So this one's for you, Erin, albeit three months late.

CarGirl: What Real Women Drive (2/12/2006)
Our battle of the sexes takes place on wheels.

Talking and Driving - Sans Phone - Still Dangerous

Cellphones aren't the only distraction for drivers. A new report suggests that in-car conversations can be just as dangerous as using a cellphone while driving, researchers at the University of Michigan say. The school's Transportation Research Institute equipped 36 cars with video cameras and studied the footage while comparing it to vehicle movement. What they found was that more than a third of the time, drivers were talking (15 percent of the video clips observed), grooming themselves (6.5 percent), using a cell phone (5 percent), or eating and drinking (2 percent). And compared to observations of drivers talking on cell phones, the study found that proper steering and lane discipline were about the same for drivers talking to a passenger or talking on a phone. All forms of "non-driving" behavior had some negative impact on safety, the researchers report, mostly in steering inputs. Women and drivers younger than 30 were more likely to engage in distracting behavior than other subjects, the study also said.


Kia Re-Ups with Davis Cup

Kia Motors said it has renewed its sponsorship of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas as a worldwide automobile partner, commencing with the First Round taking place Feb. 10-12, 2006 in 24 countries around the world.

Over the past three years, the Davis Cup/Kia Motors partnership has created tremendous synergy for both parties by delivering the joy and excitement of the Davis Cup to tennis fans around the world, the automaker said.

Yong-Hwan Kim, Senior Executive Vice President and COO of Kia Motors, said, "the renewal of our Davis Cup sponsorship can be seen as Kia Motors' desire to get even closer to the fans by broadening our marketing spectrum through stepped-up on-line and on-site promotional activities."

As an official worldwide sponsor and car of the Davis Cup from 2006-2008, Kia Motors will supply more than 300 vehicles annually around the world to support the transportation needs of the ITF and its respective member federations, it added. -Peter Chang

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