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Ford Edge gets bigger edge with EcoBoost

After a makeover for 2011, the Ford Edge returned for 2012 with an engine transplant, getting the first application of the company's four-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

February 22, 2012 | By BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | BUSINESS

Lake Tahoe in spring is worth the drive there

There's no doubt that scenic Lake Tahoe is high on the list of many California vacationers traveling in summer or winter, and a tourist infrastructure has been built up over the years to accommodate the hordes of people intent on a Tahoe getaway. But what many people may not think about is the advantage of visiting the lake during the spring.

February 22, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY | BUSINESS

Retiring after 32 years with Cabral

For 32 years, Jimmy McLarty was part of the Cabral family.

February 15, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | BUSINESS

GM 2011 profit likely around $8 billion

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors was expected to post a 2011 net profit of around $8 billion - the best in its 103-year history - when it releases fourth-quarter and full-year earnings on Thursday.

February 15, 2012 | | BUSINESS

Lexus tops as survey finds more auto dependability among all manufacturers

DETROIT (AP) - Expect fewer breakdowns, squeaks, rattles or other problems with your car.

February 15, 2012 | | BUSINESS

Chevrolet Sonic: More than satisfying

We've seen many small Chevys over the years with names like Vega, Geo, Cavalier and Aveo come and go but like a diet meal, they just didn't satisfy.

February 15, 2012 | By BARBARA & BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | BUSINESS

Pride of Porsche: Redesigned 911 Carrera H

There were some changes made to the new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera that caused consternation among corporate board members and raised eyebrows among loyalists. But in the end, the 911 Carrera-known in company terms as the 991-is a soaring successor as an icon of the brand. The 2+2 coupe is lighter, stronger, faster, more fuel-efficient, cleaner-burning and just more fun to drive.

February 15, 2012 | | BUSINESS

Cadillac Escalade: Platinum is even a better ride to enjoy

Los Angeles – There's a good reason the black Chevy Tahoe, GMC Denali and Cadillac Escalade are the cars of choice of so many of the good guys and bad guys on television and we would presume in real life, or at least in Washington D.C. …they are spacious comfortable and remarkably utilitarian. Tint the windows dark, and these vehicles take on a look that ranges from prominence to sinister, stirring the imagination of anyone on the outside.

February 15, 2012 | By BARBARA & BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | BUSINESS

Claremont: An old-world hotel that’s spectacular

BERKELEY - Sometimes a modern, big-city hotel just isn't enough – you want that spectacular old-world hotel on a hill drenched in charm, promising something way out of the ordinary for your escape from every-day life. The Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa is one of those places.

February 15, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY | BUSINESS

Maxima-zing performance & luxury

The Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV combines performance and luxury.

February 08, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | BUSINESS

Cruising’s appeal ranges from young to old

To cruise or not to cruise – that's a question many of our middle-age friends are asking as they consider ways to spend their vacation time and hard-earned money. A lot of people have one of two images – the Party Animal Special with 20-somethings being rowdy and stupid, or the God's Waiting Room cruise with a demographic roughly equivalent to your local Senior Center.

February 08, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY | BUSINESS

2012 Lexus IS 350 AWD: No cut corners

The Lexus IS midsize sport sedan is virtually unchanged for 2012, after a significant "freshening" for 2011 that included front and rear styling updates and minor interior changes.

February 08, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Autoword | BUSINESS

Nissan Juke: Innovation that works

With a few exceptions, we love it when automakers break out of the pack and create new types of vehicles and unique designs. Very often, it works, but sometimes it can bomb - think Pontiac Aztek.

February 08, 2012 | By BARBARA & BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | BUSINESS

Special destination perfect for romance

Whether it's for a Valentine's getaway or not, everyone at some point in their relationship searches for that special place that has all the special touches, is easy to get to, and that will make just the right impression on the partner who will join you for this retreat from every day living.

February 08, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY | BUSINESS

Six Texas prison inmates’ book shedding light on kitchen culture

GATESVILLE, Texas (AP) - These women may not have an oven, refrigerator, stove, knife, or even the ability to boil water, but they do have plenty of time on their hands.

February 01, 2012 | | BUSINESS

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