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2012 Ford Explorer: A true new age SUV

Once the icon of the SUV movement in the 1990s and early 2000s, the Ford Explorer dropped off the new car-buying map. A casualty of high fuel prices, the economic downturn and the environmental movement, Explorer was sent back to the drawing board.

May 16, 2012 | By BARBARA and BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | On The Road


Putting on the Ritz in Laguna Nigel

Not too many hotels get songs written about them, and far fewer are memorialized the way Irving Berlin did the Ritz Hotel with his song and Broadway play by the same name: "Puttin' on the Ritz." It's actually a slang term that means dressing fashionably. Then there's the slang adjective "ritzy" meaning "luxuriously elegant."

May 16, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY CaliforniaWeekend.com | On The Road


2013 Kia Rio: New designs for subcompact

New to Kia Country is the 2013 Rio.

May 09, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road


Mother's Day don'ts range from dish gloves to Cougar shirts

NEW YORK (AP) - What were they thinking? Through plastic smiles or gritted teeth, moms have to suck it up sometimes when Mother's Day means a gifted toilet, unsolicited wash tub or anti-aging cream.

May 09, 2012 | | On The Road


Bus tour brings fake RI 'Family Guy' town to life

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Quahog, R.I., the fictional hometown of Peter Griffin and his dysfunctional "Family Guy" relatives, is coming to life.

May 09, 2012 | | On The Road


Bus tour brings fake RI 'Family Guy' town to life

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Quahog, R.I., the fictional hometown of Peter Griffin and his dysfunctional "Family Guy" relatives, is coming to life.

May 09, 2012 | | On The Road


Gucci hoochi: 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio

Gucci hoochi: 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio

May 09, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD AutoWord | On The Road


Scion iQ is a small car that works

As small cars start to gain acceptance from American drivers, Scion has entered the market with a new one that ranks high on intelligence – the iQ. As the name implies, this little car has some smart features and is much more than simply small and economical.

May 09, 2012 | By BARBARA and BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | On The Road


Beverly Hills Hotel: 100 years of swank

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Stand on the Beverly Hills Hotel's red carpet, leading into its chandeliered lobby, and you can't help but visualize a century's worth of celebrities, royalty, politicians, musicians and actors who have stayed there, from Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor to Madonna, Reese Witherspoon and Katy Perry.

May 09, 2012 | | On The Road


Delaying car care is a costly decision

Drivers count on their vehicles to get them to their destinations safely, but how well a vehicle runs depends on how much effort motorists put into protecting their investment in their cars.

May 02, 2012 | | On The Road


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


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