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Why car sales are strong in the US

DETROIT (AP) - It's not quite boom times for the U.S. auto industry. But it's getting there.

January 09, 2013 | | On The Road

The way to a man’s heart ...

Pilar Lastra is almost the car-girl next door - except that she was a Playboy Playmate and represents the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Series. She loves fast driving, has shot the corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and she's friendly with Mario Andretti.

January 09, 2013 | By MARK MAYNARD Maynard's Garage | On The Road

Do you have to stop for city buses, like you do school buses?

SACRAMENTO – Do you have questions about general driving related requirements like registration and insurance? Are you unclear about laws and restrictions related to driving? The California Department of Motor Vehicles has answers. Save Time. Go Online at

January 09, 2013 | | On The Road

Chevy ups its game with the Malibu LTZ

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ with the 2.5-liter base engine is one prime reason why 2013 is shaping up as the Year of the Midsize Sedan.

January 03, 2013 | | On The Road

Relive dramatic eruption at national volcanic park

Those who remember the massive eruption of Mount St. Helens in May 1980 will find the side trip off Interstate 5 to Mount St. Helens an especially fascinating diversion. Even if you just read about it in the history books, the mountain and the visitor displays are well worth your time.

January 03, 2013 | | On The Road

Quiet beaches on Florida’s Sanibel Island

SANIBEL, Fla. (AP) - Visit the beaches on this Gulf Coast barrier island and you're likely to see people doing the Sanibel Stoop. That's the term for the bent-at-the-waist posture used to collect seashells on Sanibel Island, which bills itself as one of the best shelling locations in the world.

January 03, 2013 | | On The Road

Miami: 5 free things to do while you are here

MIAMI (AP) - With its sizzling beaches and steamy nightlife, it's no wonder Miami is a top vacation spot for snowbirds, spring breakers, international tourists and passengers heading out on cruises from Florida ports. Over 13 million people visited the city in 2011, according to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

January 03, 2013 | | On The Road

Florida celebrates its Spanish heritage in 2013

MIAMI (AP) - When Juan Ponce de Leon searched for riches in Florida, he unknowingly helped turn the Sunshine State into the first travel destination in the United States.

January 03, 2013 | | On The Road

Florida is a vacation paradise for your dogs

FORT DE SOTO PARK, Fla. (AP) - Picture this: You're sitting on a white sand beach, warm sun on your skin. Coconut-scented sunscreen wafts through the air. A splashing noise comes from the blue Gulf of Mexico. It's your dog, happily retrieving his favorite ball from the water.

January 02, 2013 | | On The Road

2013 Altima: More wallop, better mileage

TRACY – The buzz on the new Altima at Tracy Nissan ranges from the zero-gravity seats to an engine that packs more of a wallop with improved fuel efficiency.

December 20, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road

Free guided hikes Jan. 1 in parks in all 50 states

NEW YORK (AP) - For more than 20 years, state park officials in Massachusetts have encouraged locals to get off the couch Jan. 1 and take a hike - nothing too strenuous, but a healthy way to start the new year.

December 19, 2012 | | On The Road

5 free things to do in the Denver area

DENVER (AP) - Free festivals, movies, music, hiking and biking abound in Denver in the summer, but those passing through the Mile High City on the way to the mountains for Colorado's famed powder skiing can also find plenty of free things to do. Here's a sampling:

December 19, 2012 | | On The Road

Fusion reaction: Good looks, charm & efficiency

The 2013 Ford Fusion will be its own fusion - a form of automotive alchemy turning steel into sales gold.

December 19, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Maynard's Garage | On The Road

California DMV reminds motorists of new 2013 laws

SACRAMENTO – With 2013 around the corner, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reminds motorists of several new laws that will ring in the New Year.

December 19, 2012 | | On The Road

Customer service, price builds loyal clientele

STOCKTON – Not too long ago, the sales crew at Stockton of Mazda had three large pizzas delivered compliments of a happy customer.

December 12, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road

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