Fri10242014

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'Funabout' Fiat


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The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternative fuels used to reduce carbon emissions and are an early adopter of new technologies, be glad you live here.

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How to prep your car for the winter

I had a customer ask me the other day how she could best prepare her car for winter.

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Porsche Panamera and BMW 428i offer satisfying driving experiences


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The Porsche Panamera 4S offers a twin-turbocharged 3-liter, V-6 engine with 420 horsepower.

We recently drove a pair of new models – the 2014 Porsche Panamera 4S and the 2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupe. Here’s our quick take on each of them.

Porsche Panamera 4S

What did we drive? A luxury-level four-door, four-passenger sedan with hatchback-style trunk and emphasis on quality and high performance.

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A Chrysler comeback New 200C is proof the company is relevant again


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The 2015 Chrysler 200C offers a 295-horsepower V-6 engine and the SafeTec package. The interior features comfortable front seats, lots of legroom and a restyled center-console area.

The reborn Chrysler Corp. is a success story that should become a business school case study for future years. Not only has the company recovered from its recession-induced bankruptcy, but it also has illustrated that there actually can be synergy in a corporate takeover.

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So what does that warning indicator on my dashboard really mean?

Despite being a family-owned car shop, not every member of the Pataky family is 100 percent up to date on all things mechanical.

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Tiguan is easy to drive but lacks new safety systems


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The Volkswagen Tiguan is comfortable and practical but could use more safety equipment.

Here’s our quick take on the 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line that we recently drove.

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Los Altos Fall Festival features British cars; entry forms available


Courtesy Gary Anderson
A bevy of British cars are expected at this year’s show.

Next month’s Classic Car Show at the Los Altos Fall Festival will spotlight British cars, according to organizer Bob Mabe.

The weekend show is slated in the South Parking Plaza during the festival, scheduled Oct. 4 and 5.

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