It may be one of among the most affordable midsize cars around. But what makes the 2013 Kia Optima stand out from the competition is performance coupled with good fuel economy and many of the top safety features. Test drivers found this sporty midsize as being nimble in handling and a comfortable ride. The Optima featured in the showroom at Kia Country in Manteca packs a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder gas direct injection engine with six-speed automatic ...
By VINCE REMBULAT The Bulletin TRACY – These are exciting times at Tracy Ford. Sales are up and many of the products are every bit as comparable to that of the luxury model brands. "Ford has come a long way," said sales manager Thad Webb. "It's no longer your mom and dad's Ford." Perhaps only the always popular F-150 pickup remains from that era. "Still pound-for-pound the No. 1 selling truck for the 36th straight ...
SANTA BARBARA - If you're as fascinated as we are by the opulence of 1930s Hollywood - a time when parts of Southern California seemed as far removed from the Depression-era Midwest as the two regions' temperatures on a bright January day - there is an excursion you can take that is like going back to spend a weekend with Clark Gable or Carole Lombard.
"All Jaguars have to look fast even when they are standing still." - Sir William Lyons, founder of Jaguar.
SACRAMENTO – Do you have questions about general driving related requirements like registration, licensing 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 www.dmv.ca.gov. You can submit any DMV-related questions at AskDMV@dmv.ca.gov
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Before the Civil War began, Ann Thomas was well enough known that her house would be used to give directions - "the grocery store opposite Ann Thomas."
By VINCE REMBULAT The Bulletin NISMO is the vision and name derived from Nissan Motorsports. It embarks on an aggressive journey to expand its presence beyond the racetrack in key markets area around the world. NISMO is already a legendary brand among professional and grassroots racers as well as performance enthusiasts everywhere. Now the brand with nearly 50 years of engineering experience and expertise is expanding to a range of affordable production vehicles. Enter the ...
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco isn't perhaps as famous for other parts of California for its beaches. The southern part of the state, with its balmy sun-drenched climes, can give you the always-perfect weather of San Diego, or the sparkling opulence of Santa Barbara, to name but two. Those heading off to San Francisco's beaches, on the other hand, might want to leave out the sun cream and pack a few sweaters and other warm ...
The three-door Volkswagen GTI is a riot to drive. But does adding two more doors add mayhem or ho-hum to the melee?
NEW YORK (AP) - Tony Wheeler wrote his first travel book with his wife Maureen in 1973 after driving across Europe and Asia. It sold 1,500 copies in a week and launched a guidebook empire called Lonely Planet.
MILFORD, Mich. (AP) - Sometime before the end of this decade, General Motors will put a car on the road that can almost drive itself.
HOFU, Japan (AP) - Mazda, the longtime also-ran of Japanese automakers, says it came up with innovations in nearly every step of auto manufacturing for a super-efficient assembly line that rolls off vehicles at a stunning rate of one every 54 seconds.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - Toyota has two important vehicles coming in 2015: the next-generation Prius hybrid and the company's first hydrogen fuel cell car.
SOCHAUX, France (AP) - Peugeot is hoping a complete makeover of its mid-sized hatchback will help turn the struggling French automaker's fortunes around- and dent the market dominance of its German rival Volkswagen.
For the past three years, Dave Webb has been in charge of used vehicles at Steves Chevrolet-Buick in Oakdale. From buying inventory, appraising trade-ins, to managing the Internet site, the Oakdale product makes sure that quality remains the No. 1 priority. "We're very selective," said Jeff Steves of his family-owned and operated business since 1974. "If a certain car doesn't quite cut the mustard we will sell it elsewhere." He relies on expertise of his ...
I don't know what I expected when I got into the Fiat 500L, but it's better than I thought it would be. It feels substantial, it's fairly functional and almost fun to drive.
SONOMA - The rolling hills and vineyards of the Sonoma Valley are just part of a natural tapestry that has beckoned art-lovers and wine connoisseurs to this region for decades. Indeed, the fathers who founded missions here were growing grapes hundreds of years ago. Then, in the late 1850s, a fellow named Col. Agoston Haraszthy figured it all out.
KINTLA LAKE, Mont. (AP) - With a can of bear spray on his hip and hearing aids in both ears, Lyle Ruterbories whistles and hums as he tends to this patch of wilderness along the Canadian border.
DETROIT (AP) - Automakers expect little impact from the federal government shutdown, and they predict a fourth-quarter rebound after a rare sales decline in September.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Really, it's not that hard to spell. Just remember, there are three Us and a couple of Qs.
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