As 2013 comes to a close, so does the first full year of AGirlsGuidetoCars. We started the year with our quiet entry into the wonderful, innovative and exciting world of automobiles, and are ending with many wonderful new friendships and a glowing outlook for the future.
When we started this community, we didn’t know what to expect. But with each passing day we have been thrilled to be welcomed by seasoned industry pros, by writers excited to explore the space and by audiences hungry to learn more.
We were surprised to learn how powerful women are in the car industry, not just as influential buyers, but as executives, engineers and designers, too. From the nearly all female team that designed and built the Chevy Volt, to Marcy Fisher and her leadership in designing the 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang to Julie Roehner who was charged with engineering the Ford C-Max and Crystal Windham who led the retooling the Chevrolet Impala, it has been an eventful year for women in the car business. This year was capped with the amazing news that General Motors appointed Mary Barra as the very first woman to helm the company; this is a huge statement not just for the industry and for women leaders everywhere, but recognition that women’s perspectives of cars and our influence in the auto marketplace is critical to the health of the industry. Wow.
And they are just a few of the bright lights in the industry (more on this in 2014, we promise).
We also promise more on the important new developments in our cars, more on the style they inspire and more on the lives we live in our cars.
We hope your holiday season is a joyous one, and that 2014 grants all your wishes.
Scotty, Kim, Judy, Karin, Meagan and Nasreen