Sat09202014

On The Road

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


Courtesy of Volkswagen
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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Corvette show set for Sept. 21 on Main Street

The 38th Annual Corvette Spectacular Car Show is scheduled Sept. 21 in Los Altos.

Organized by Santa Clara Corvettes, the event will feature more than 160 new, classic and racing Corvettes lining both sides of Main Street. There will also be live music, a raffle and vendors.

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Station wagon revival


courtesy of Audi
The Audi A7 TDI quattro features a powerful diesel engine with 438 pound-feet of torque, yet the car still manages nearly 30 mpg.

There was a time when large families bought station wagons to haul around the kids, run errands and take road trips. The popular body style – four doors on a front-end that looked like the sedans in the company’s lineup, only with an extended rear cargo area, hatch and tailgate – was the icon of suburbia.

Minivans and sport-utility vehicles essentially replaced these wagons – American consumers would have been hard put to find one in a showroom 10 years ago.

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Auto terms you need to know for the 21st century

As I stepped into a 1971 Volkswagen Bug recently, the smell of old leather, mold and gasoline hit me hard in the face.

I have been in this business much of my life, and 26 years ago these cars were in my shop every day. They were basic yet mechanically artistic.

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