Andrew DiLuccia

In the Driver's Seat: Showing off its green side

Chevrolet already had a hit on its hands when the new Malibu rolled into showrooms in 2008, now it’s just trying to sweeten the deal.General Motors is offering a hybrid versi ...

In the Driver's Seat: Shakin’ up the crossover

You knew Toyota would tweak it — they do that to vehicle segments. The Japanese automaker took the ever-popular crossover segment and added a new dimension — the manufa ...

In the Driver's Seat: Pilot-ing a new course

What a difference a redesign can make. For me personally, this is especially true for the Honda Pilot. While the previous versions of the crossover sport utility vehicle — wh ...

In the Driver's Seat: Chrysler’s big green machine

You just don’t expect it for a vehicle of its size, so I was fooled for a moment when I turned the ignition and nothing happened. “Great, it won’t turnover.&rdquo ...

In the Driver's Seat: Bumping up the truck ante

If you’re in the market for a full-size truck, you’ve got quite a few choices to pick from this year. Every automaker that’s been a heavy-hitter in the segment has upgraded ...

Grass Valley Ford Lincoln Mercury coming to Auburn

It’s been a busy week on the Auburn Auto Mile. On Monday, Auburn Buick Pontiac GMC became the third dealership to close its doors in the last seven months. Thursday, a new deal ...

Another dealership gone

The Auburn-area new car dealership community was dealt another blow Monday as Auburn Buick Pontiac GMC shut its doors. It’s the third new car dealership franchise to close its ...

In the Driver's Seat: Pontiac’s G5 is an mpg buster

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve seen gas below $2 in the Sacramento region. But don’t think it’ll be this way forever. While gas is low right now, it will almost c ...

In the Driver's Seat: Combining old with new

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a ride that induces strangers on the sidewalk to follow me with their eyes as I drive down the street. What’s the reason for this staring ob ...

In the Driver's Seat: Good drive in a good ride

Lately, I’ve been on the sport utility vehicle and truck kick when it comes to vehicles reviewed in this column. While there’s still a market for those vehicles — especially ...

In the Driver's Seat: Melding luxury and brawn

Sometimes it just feels good to be surrounded by a bunch of metal and be behind the wheel of a vehicle that feels big and strong. While that opening statement doesn’t jive with ...

In the Driver's Seat: Help for the weekend warrior

For me, a truck is a tool, and like many tools it can come in different sizes and specifications to meet the task at hand. When it comes to those who need a truck for weekend war ...

In the Driver's Seat: Stepping it up a notch

I remember when the redesigned Dodge Ram first hit the streets in 1994 — its brawny build and big rig looks drew me in immediately. It was what a full-size truck was supposed to ...

In the Driver's Seat: Traverse-ing the crossover landscape

People really have a phobia about minivans — that’s all I can say. While certain automakers, which are pioneers in the segment, still push out this once-popular vehicle, the ...

In the Driver's Seat: Adding another dimension

Toyota’s been known for giving consumers what they want, and currently, it seems the public is clamoring for smaller vehicles and better gas mileage. I wonder why? Answering t ...