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Chevy hopes new Impala will revive big-car sales

NEW YORK - General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet brand is trying to resuscitate sales of big sedans with a sleek, new version of the Impala.

April 04, 2012 | | On The Road

Ford increases full-year US sales forecast

NEW YORK (AP) - Ford Motor Co. is raising its forecast for U.S. auto sales this year, citing improving consumer confidence, employment, low interest rates and other factors.

April 04, 2012 | | On The Road

Jeep Wrangler makes significant improvements

When an athlete is at the top of his or her game, there is often little that can be done to improve performance, short of some bionic enhancement, which is usually fictional, or by steroids, which is dangerous and illegal.

April 04, 2012 | By BARBARA and BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | On The Road

Special edition Kia has Soul

Take a look at the Red Rock Soul at Kia Country, 1515 N. Main St., Manteca.

March 29, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road

Alaska, river cruising top 2012 cruise trends

MIAMI (AP) - Alaska is a hot destination again and river voyages are enjoying a boost in popularity this year as the cruise industry works on luring back potential first-time passengers put off by the Costa Concordia tragedy.

March 28, 2012 | | On The Road

Chrysler 200 S: Retractable hardtop tempered by fire

All it took was a major minor overhaul and some star power to get the Chrysler 200 some recognition. The car became a battle hymn for Chrysler and Detroit when home-boy rapper Eminem drove a 200 sedan in last year's Super Bowl ad campaign. The "Born of Fire" message from the two-minute spot was, more or less, "Don't Mess With Detroit."

March 28, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD AutoWord | On The Road

Beetle: Maturity, sophistication & so much fun to drive

I've admired Volkswagen New Beetle since I drove the original in 1998 and was especially enamored by the cute styling and agile handling – Yes, I said cute! And the New Beetle is a happy car, after all, how many other cars had a bud vase built into dash and make you smile every time you drive it?

March 28, 2012 | By BARBARA SCHAFFER Auto Digest | On The Road

A touch of Denmark found in California

If bakeries and beer gardens are high on your list of vacation amenities, you couldn't do better than a visit to Solvang, the Danish-inspired theme community just a half-hour drive from Santa Barbara. Of course there is much more, but food is a great place to start.

March 28, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY | On The Road

Jeep: Setting the standard for SUVs

The 2012 Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV of all time.

March 21, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road

Cruise industry leaders re-emphasize safety in pitching floating vacations

MIAMI (AP) - Cruise industry leaders on Tuesday gathered for their first annual convention since the Costa Concordia disaster, driving home their commitment to safety and expressing confidence that the resulting lull in business is only temporary.

March 21, 2012 | | On The Road

Taos embarks on yearlong celebration of women

TAOS, N.M. (AP) - In the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, at the edge of the Rio Grande Gorge and amid the seemingly endless fields of sage, nature has been a steadfast witness to a remarkable legacy of women and the arts in Taos.

March 21, 2012 | | On The Road

Belfast wagers on Titanic's unsinkable appeal

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - To most of the world, the name Titanic means tragedy, spiced with romance, sacrifice and luxury. But in Belfast, where it was built, the doomed ship is a triumph of industry, enterprise and engineering.

March 21, 2012 | | On The Road

NASCAR cars among new Myrtle Beach attractions

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Free falling from a 60-foot tower, slipping down an oceanfront zip line or fighting through a curve in a car once driven by a NASCAR great are among the new attractions that will greet visitors to Myrtle Beach during a new beach season.

March 21, 2012 | | On The Road

2013 Ford Fusion: Redefining style

DEARBORN, Mich. – 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.

March 21, 2012 | By BARBARA and BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | On The Road

Driving these Dodges is a real Charge(r)

Look up the definition of a charger and you get everything from a football player to a decorative plate for a fancy table setting to a full-size Dodge sedan.

March 21, 2012 | By BARBARA and BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | On The Road

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