Wed04162014

On The Road

Audi answers millennial challenge


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The 2015 Audi A3, aimed at young consumers, has a base price of $29,900.

Mercedes-Benz last fall introduced the world press to its new CLA, designed to appeal to Gen Xers and millennials as the entry point to the company’s luxury lineup. When one of Germany’s three major auto manufacturers makes such a strategic move, the others follow.

It wasn’t long before BMV announced a reconfiguration of its entry-level lineup, and a few weeks ago Audi introduced the international automobile press to its response. Audi representatives arrived in the Bay Area to show off their new 2015 Audi A3 sedans, which they lined up in front of the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel in Menlo Park.

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Solving the mystery of the fill-up hiccup

If you dread filling the gas tank because your car will not function properly afterward, you certainly have a problem on your hands.

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More sensational than practical


courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe features a V-8 engine that boasts 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. The car has a base price of $53,800.

Not all cars are purchased for the sole purpose of getting from point A to point B. Some people buy a vehicle to resolve a midlife crisis, make a personal statement or try their hand at playing race-car driver.

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How to find out which cars qualify for HOV stickers

Q: I want to see which model and type of cars qualify for the stickers that allow you to drive in the HOV (carpool) lanes in California. Is there a list or website I can check before making my next car purchase?

A: You can learn more about the current list of hybrid and electric vehicles that qualify for Green and White Clean Air Vehicle decals by visiting the California Air Resources webpage at arb.ca.gov/msprog/carpool/carpool.htm.

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What do the Cherokee, Cadenza and Mirage have in common? Not much


Courtesy of Jeep
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4 has a towing capacity of 4,500 pounds.

By Gary and Genie Anderson

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Getting to the bottom of that leak


My dog Ronin was elated to see Pixel – she’s one of his favorite canine friends – show up at the shop on a recent morning. But Pixel’s owner, Barbara, wasn’t so happy.

Ronin wagged his tail in anticipation of getting to play with Pixel as I asked Barbara what was wrong with her car.

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is the real deal


Photos courtesy of Honda
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid ranks among the top midpriced sedans on the market, according to the Andersons. The car can go nearly 50 miles on a gallon of gasoline.

When a 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid in Touring trim was delivered to our driveway last week, we didn’t have time to read up on it. Instead, with dinner and a concert in Redwood City on the agenda, we just jumped in and drove off.

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