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Passat: Unusual features to a mainstream segment

The 2012 Passat is Volkswagen's first German-American offspring that satisfies for its European sensitivity and U.S.-spec comfort and compliance. The new model was re-engineered to meet the demands and expectations of this country, and it is the first model built at the new factory in Chattanooga, Tenn.

May 02, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD AutoWord | On The Road

Stronger Toyota helps boost auto sales in April

DETROIT (AP) - Toyota is back. It's putting a year of earthquake-related shortages behind it and grabbing sales from stumbling General Motors and Ford.

May 02, 2012 | | On The Road

Malibu: Chevy puts its best foot forward

There's an old adage that says, "Put your best foot forward", and that's exactly what Chevrolet is doing with the introduction of the new Malibu. With gasoline pumps becoming all too familiar with the $4 a gallon gasoline, the Chevy planners are sending out the fuel-sipping Malibu Eco first as an introduction to the all-new Malibu lineup. After all, who can argue with a gasoline powered midsize sedan getting fuel economy of 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.

May 02, 2012 | By BARBARA SCHAFFER Auto Digest | On The Road

Ram: Brawn for work & play

The 2012 Laramie 2500 and 3500 models are built for work or play.

April 25, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road

Mini Cooper 2-seater: Practicality, pleasure & precision

The Mini Cooper Coupe is a glove. Put your hand in and go out for some fun. It is just that kind of car and it's how it fits the driver. But this is not the typical point-and-shoot two-seater; this coupe actually has decent trunk capacity by a liftback design.

April 25, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD AutoWord | On The Road

Lake Arrowhead: Popular getaway in Southern California

It's not hard to see why Lake Arrowhead has always been popular with the movie stars – it's close to Los Angeles, yet light years away in attitude. The people with money are here, all right, but there is also an element of small-town America, complete with families and, yes, even family values.

April 25, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY | On The Road

Kia Rio offers sporty hatchback

The 2012 Kia Rio LX is a sporty five-door hatchback now available at Kia Country, 1515 N. Main St., Manteca.

April 18, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road

Audi to buy Italian motorbike maker Ducati

BERLIN (AP) - Volkswagen AG's Audi unit said Wednesday it will buy Italian high-performance motorcycle maker Ducati Motor Holding SpA from Investindustrial Group. The move gives VW another glossy brand to go with its Lamborghini, Bugatti and Bentley luxury auto makers.

April 18, 2012 | | On The Road

How Hyundai went from joke to contender

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans were laughing at Hyundai's cars when John Krafcik joined the company eight years ago.

April 18, 2012 | | On The Road

Override systems proposed for stuck gas pedals

WASHINGTON (AP) - New cars and light trucks would have to have override systems to prevent unintended acceleration when the gas pedal and brake are applied at the same time or accelerator control systems disconnect, under new federal regulations proposed Thursday.

April 18, 2012 | | On The Road

Hybrid and electric cars see record sales in March

DETROIT (AP) - Americans are buying record numbers of hybrid and electric cars as gas prices climb and new models arrive in showrooms, giving the vehicles their greatest share yet of the U.S. auto market.

April 18, 2012 | | On The Road

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

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