Sharon Silke Carty

Sharon Silke Carty

Sharon Silke Carty

Editor-in-Chief, AOL Autos

Sharon Silke Carty is the Editor-in-Chief for AOL Autos. She has written about cars for a decade, writing for USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and Dow Jones. She was a 2008 fellow with the Stanley Foundation, traveling to India to study economic issues in the developing world and the Indian auto industry. She also was a 2010 fellow with the East-West Center, traveling to Korea to delve into global economic issues, including visits to the Korean automakers. She does frequent media appearances, including interviews on NPR's "On The Media" and Fox Business News. Carty lives outside Ann Arbor, Mich., with her husband, Jim, and their three children. 

Tesla Wins Technology Of The Year Award

Tesla Wins Technology Of The Year Award

Published Jan 08th, 2014 By Sharon Silke Carty

The winner of AOL Auto's second annual Technology Of The Year award ran away with the votes for the award, clearly surpassing all of the other contenders.We're giving it to Tesla's Supercharger Network, which today is made up of 54 chargin......

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Are Americans Too Big To Drive Small?

Are Americans Too Big To Drive Small?

Published Jan 03rd, 2014 By Sharon Silke Carty

Karen Steelman, a stay-at-home mom from Athens, Ga., has tried to like small cars. She read plenty of reviews, kicked their tires, and has even taken a few test drives.But none of them made her feel safe. And none of them made her feel comf......

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How To Cook A Turkey On Your Engine Manifold

How To Cook A Turkey On Your Engine Manifold

Published Nov 26th, 2013 By Sharon Silke Carty

Here's how you can combine a long drive to grandma's (snore) with some foodie snobbery: Outdo your brother-in-law's fried turkey by cooking your bird on the engine manifold.If you have a drive that's longer than 220 miles, you can totally d......

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2014 Cadillac ELR Review

2014 Cadillac ELR Review

Published Nov 02nd, 2013 By Sharon Silke Carty

General Motors hopes to establish a new legacy with the Cadillac ELR, and wants you to stop comparing it to the Chevy Volt....

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Saudi Arabian Women To Protest Driving Ban On Oct. 26

Saudi Arabian Women To Protest Driving Ban On Oct. 26

Published Oct 10th, 2013 By Sharon Silke Carty

When Farha was a young girl, about seven years old, her mother told her something that rocked her world: She said women could drive.For Farha, a 24-year-old writer who has spent her entire life in Saudi Arabia, this was akin to a Western ch......

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2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Test Drive

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Test Drive

Published Jul 30th, 2013 By Sharon Silke Carty

The new 2014 S-class hits the U.S. market in late September, early October. Chock-full of the bells and whistles usually found at a high-end spa, is it more than a gimmick? Read on to find out....

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Chevy Impala Earns Highest Accolades From Consumer Reports

Chevy Impala Earns Highest Accolades From Consumer Reports

Published Jul 25th, 2013 By Sharon Silke Carty

Consumer Reports, sounding almost as surprised as anyone, said the new 2014 Chevy Impala is so good it's earned the top spot overall for sedans and is as good as luxury cars costing $20,000 more. ...

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Test Drive

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Test Drive

Published Jul 18th, 2013 By Michael Zak and Sharon Silke Carty

Will the 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel help Americans get over their diesel disdain? Read on to find out....

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Ten Years After Tragic Crash, States No Closer To Solving Elderly Driving Problems

Ten Years After Tragic Crash, States No Closer To Solving Elderly Driving Problems

Published Jul 15th, 2013 By Michael Zak and Sharon Silke Carty

The first comment left on George Russell Weller's online obituary reads: "Let us not forget the grief that he caused."Weller was 86 years old when he got behind the wheel of his 1992 Buick LeSabre and became responsible for one of the worst......

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July 4th Is The Most Dangerous Holiday For Teen Drivers

July 4th Is The Most Dangerous Holiday For Teen Drivers

Published Jul 02nd, 2013 By Sharon Silke Carty

On a warm Tuesday evening last July, a car full of teens left a fireworks show in suburban Detroit and headed out for a ride.In the back seat was Amanda James, a 15-year-old with a unique sense of style and fabulous hair, who was coming ho......

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2013 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet Test Drive

2013 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet Test Drive

Published Jun 28th, 2013 By Sharon Silke Carty

I spent some time behind the wheel of an oceanic blue drop-top RS 5, hoping for my knuckles to turn permanently white and my hair to require chemical treatment to untangle. Did the car deliver? Click through to see....

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Mazda Unveils New Mazda3 Hatchback, Its Most Popular Car

Mazda Unveils New Mazda3 Hatchback, Its Most Popular Car

Published Jun 26th, 2013 By Sharon Silke Carty

Mazda unveiled what's probably their most important model Wednesday at an empty warehouse space in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, a neighborhood filled with artsy boutiques and graffiti that could one day hang on the walls of a ......

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Most American Made Cars

Most American Made Cars

Published Jun 25th, 2013 By Sharon Silke Carty

For the first time in four years, a U.S. brand vehicle has made it to the top of Cars.com's Most American list....

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Summer Months Most Deadly For Teen Drivers

Summer Months Most Deadly For Teen Drivers

Published Jun 11th, 2013 By Sharon Silke Carty

Most people would assume that winter is a risky driving season for teen drivers, given the potential for ice and slick roads. But more teens die in car crashes during the summer months than any other season, safety experts say.AAA says seve......

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Chrysler Defies Government Request To Recall Jeeps

Chrysler Defies Government Request To Recall Jeeps

Published Jun 04th, 2013 By Sharon Silke Carty

Chrysler has boldly refused to comply with a government request to recall 2.7 million Jeeps that could be prone to fires, arguing the government is applying unreasonable standards to its vehicles.At the crux of the dispute is an alleged iss......

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2014 Bentley Flying Spur Test Drive

2014 Bentley Flying Spur Test Drive

Published May 31st, 2013 By Sharon Silke Carty

Critics didn't gush over the last Flying Spur, saying it wasn't as refined as it could have been from a carmaker that builds each of its vehicles by hand. Has Bentley done a better job with the 2014 Flying Spur?...

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Rental Car Safety Act Facing Opposition From Dealers, Carmakers

Rental Car Safety Act Facing Opposition From Dealers, Carmakers

Published May 21st, 2013 By Sharon Silke Carty

Things got heated in a Senate committee Tuesday as lawmakers, safety advocates and auto industry representatives debated whether or not car rental companies should be allowed to rent vehicles that have been recalled.In many ways, it seems l......

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Police Used Mercedes mbrace Technology To Track Boston Bombing Suspects

Police Used Mercedes mbrace Technology To Track Boston Bombing Suspects

Published Apr 26th, 2013 By Sharon Silke Carty

Drivers often worry about new technology in their vehicles, and whether or not those GPS devices can end up acting like Big Brother. Early last Friday, Mercedes put its mbrace telematics system to the test, tracking down the two fugitives: ......

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Hyundai Pulls Suicide Commercial After Outcry

Hyundai Pulls Suicide Commercial After Outcry

Published Apr 25th, 2013 By Sharon Silke Carty

Who in their right mind thinks suicide is funny?Hyundai is learning the hard way that very few people, except possibly out-of-touch advertising executives trying desperately to create the next big viral video, get a belly laugh from seeing ......

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2013 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Review

2013 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Review

Published Apr 18th, 2013 By Sharon Silke Carty

We spent a week test-driving the new Jeep Wrangler Sahara edition. There is no mistaking that this car is an off-roading Jeep, made with rock climbing and sand dunes in mind. But Jeep has also made this a gentler ride, more comfortable on the highway....

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