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Zero-emission vehicles with almost zero in common

courtesy of Ford
Through a combination of batteries and electric motor, the Ford Fusion Hybrid gets 42 mpg.

With California’s emphasis on air quality, automobile companies are mandated to sell a specific number of zero-emission vehicles each year, as well as meet emissions and fuel economy standards across their entire sales volume.

California also may be the most car-crazy state in the U.S., representing a significant market for cars that are simply satisfying to drive.

Five rules to live by as a cyclist

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Being a responsible cyclist requires riding no more than two abreast.

The training I received from Michael Munk prior to our 3,400-mile bicycle ride from Newport Beach to Salisbury Beach, Mass., in 2011 inspired me to write on this month’s topic. There were 21 of us on that trip, and Mike’s goal was to ensure that every one of us made it safely to the Atlantic Ocean.

Patching up a problem

A customer recently brought in his 2004 Honda Accord EX because the check-engine light went on. I asked him if the car was doing anything out of the ordinary, and he said no.

The Swiss Army Knife of family transportation

courtesy of Chrysler
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid seats up to seven and is packed with safety features.

If asked what’s the best type of vehicle for a growing family in Los Altos, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a new minivan.

A three-pack of fun

Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
Genie Anderson takes a spin in the Mazda MX5 RF Grand Touring on a recent trip to Alice’s Restaurant on Skyline Boulevard in Woodside.

It’s unusual for us to disagree on which car we liked best during any given month, but last month was the exception. And the crux of the argument was which car was the most fun to drive.

Of course, we agreed that the new Mazda MX5 RF Grand Touring – think Miata, the old name for the MX5, with a Ferrari-like roof that opens – met that criterion. As soon as it was delivered, we immediately drove it up Page Mill Road to Alice’s Restaurant on Skyline Boulevard for hamburgers.

Perfect tool for the job

I really have a passion for the automotive field. I also have a tremendous love of all tools.

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