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Theme parks CEO says Staycations are here to stay

BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) - The chief executive of one of the country's largest amusement park companies said Wednesday that with Americans staying closer to home since the economic downturn, "staycations" have boosted business at the parks, and he predicted the trend would continue even with the economy improving.

January 09, 2013 | | On The Road


GM CEO sees sales gains this year

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors' CEO said Wednesday that he expects the company to steal sales from rivals in the U.S. this year as its new cars and trucks gain traction with customers.

January 09, 2013 | | On The Road


Startup vehicle company moving into old GM plant

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A startup company called Elio Motors is moving into the former General Motors plant in northwest Louisiana, where it plans to build three-wheeled vehicles with high fuel efficiency and a cheap price tag.

January 09, 2013 | | On The Road


Economy, year-end sales help auto industry

DETROIT (AP) - A steadily improving economy and strong December sales lifted the American auto industry to its best performance in five years in 2012, especially for Volkswagen and Japanese-brand vehicles, and experts say the next year should be even better.

January 09, 2013 | | On The Road


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 www.DMV.ca.gov.

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


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