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AAA: Motorists tolls used for roads they don't use

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tolls are increasingly being diverted to pay for transportation projects and other expenses unrelated to roadways, bridges and tunnels used by the motorists who pay the fees, the nation's largest auto club said Wednesday.

April 18, 2012 | | On The Road


Ford Fusion 2013: It is definitely a better idea

By looks alone, Ford appears to have a major hit on its hands with the new generation Fusion and that seems even more likely when the new technologies and fuel efficiency is factored in.

April 18, 2012 | By BARBARA and BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | On The Road


Sonic connection: Chevy's new subcompact gives big returns

There's a little game I like to play when I first get into a test car. It's called "Guess the Price" - and it can help or hurt the first impression. It's the dollar number that I'd pay for the vehicle - and often I'm wrong, on the low side.

April 18, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD AutoWord | On The Road


More to Louisville than just a horse race

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Shadowbox with a silhouetted Muhammad Ali. Grab a bat and take a few swings in a batting cage at the Louisville Slugger Museum. Dig into a Hot Brown at the place where the savory sandwich was created. Sip Kentucky bourbons at a hotel where Al Capone played blackjack.

April 18, 2012 | | On The Road


28-Year Air Force veteran purchases F-150 to explore the United States on the ground

Manteca resident Michael Lamb has decided to travel the United States with his wife Jody after she retires this year from the Manteca Unified School District.

April 18, 2012 | By MARGARITA SOTO Phil Waterford's Manteca Ford and Exotic Highline | On The Road


DeGroot family becomes an inspiration to Waterford and his Manteca Ford team

When Phil Waterford wakes up in the morning, he has expectations that great things are going to happen.

April 18, 2012 | By MARGARITA SOTO Phil Waterford's Manteca Ford and Exotic Highline | On The Road


MC Hammer celebrates 50th birthday

Last weekend, MC Hammer celebrated his 50th birthday in style at a star-studded birthday bash at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Many celebrities and dignitaries, including the Mayor of San Francisco, were in attendance.

April 18, 2012 | By MARGARITA SOTO Phil Waterford's Manteca Ford and Exotic Highline | On The Road


The power of prayer drives in sales

Sales started out sluggish at Phil Waterford's Manteca Ford & Exotic High Line last weekend as the rain and the wind kept most people indoors. When Phil Waterford arrived at his North Main Street Ford dealership his showroom was filled with customers. However, they had no sales reported for the day.

April 18, 2012 | By MARGARITA SOTO Phil Waterford's Manteca Ford and Exotic Highline | On The Road


Making Nissan Versa even sweeter

TRACY – The special edition 2012 Nissan Versa hatchback is now available in a package deal worth more than $900 in savings.

April 11, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road


Young Americans less likely to drive

WASHINGTON (AP) - Driving is becoming so last century.

April 11, 2012 | | On The Road


Gas mileage top factor in Ram pickup revamp

NEW YORK (AP) - With gasoline around $4 in much of the nation, fuel economy has never been more important to pickup truck buyers. That's why engineers who worked on revamping Chrysler's Ram put it at the forefront of their work.

April 11, 2012 | | On The Road


Instead of spas, women opt for hunting & fishing

OCALA NATIONAL FOREST, Fla. (AP) - Erika Faulk and her cousin, Gale Robinson, could have met up for a weekend spa retreat or planned a shopping excursion, but the two middle-aged, suburban moms opted for weekend learning to shoot guns, build campfires and track deer deep in the Ocala National Forest.

April 11, 2012 | | On The Road


Harris Ranch resort: Paradise for beef lovers

Few travelers speeding along Interstate 5 near Coalinga realize that those cattle they see in feedlots next to the freeway are actually In-N-Out burgers waiting to be processed. Sure, everyone knows that burgers come from cattle, but did you know In-N-Out burgers come from these cattle?

April 11, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY CaliforniaWeekend.com | On The Road


550-horsepower Jaguar makes defining statement

I thought my eyeglasses were going to blow off at 160 mph, but I kept my foot to the floor and headed toward 170 mph before I had to lift and begin braking.

April 11, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD AutoWord | On The Road


S60 R-Design: One of best Volvos ever

Since we started reviewing cars more than 20 years ago, we've watched Volvo go through an interesting metamorphosis. During that time, Volvo has continued to be the undisputed safety leader with a steady flow of innovations. Fortunately, for consumers, other manufacturers have embraced much of the new technology with their own applications in something of a 'follow-the-leader' response.

April 11, 2012 | By BARBARA and BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | On The Road


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