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Austerity brings smaller cars to Geneva auto show

GENEVA (AP) - Automakers are thinking small - in size, not ambition.

March 07, 2012 | | BUSINESS


Automakers show off unique designs at Geneva

GENEVA (AP) - Some people go to auto shows because they're looking to buy a new car.

March 07, 2012 | | BUSINESS


More natural gas vehicles hitting the market

DETROIT (AP) - More natural gas-powered vehicles will hit the market soon, as rising gasoline prices, booming natural gas production and proposed tax credits make them a more attractive option. But they're a long way from being a common sight in U.S. driveways.

March 07, 2012 | | BUSINESS


Spider-Man ride reopening at Universal Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - As Universal Orlando theme park prepares to open a new and technologically eye-popping version of its iconic 3-D Spider-Man ride this week, creator Stan Lee says it's sort of a fluke that the costumed web-slinger ever came into existence at all.

March 07, 2012 | | BUSINESS


Fiat may shift Dodge Dart launch off April Fool's

GENEVA (AP) - Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says he may shift the date of the Dodge Dart's production launch off of April 1 to "to avoid being jinxed" by an April Fool's Day launch.

March 07, 2012 | | BUSINESS


Fiat makes family version of popular 500 city car

GENEVA (AP) - Italian carmaker Fiat has introduced the 500L family car to expand on the popularity of its two-door 500 city car.

March 07, 2012 | | BUSINESS


Radical redesign for Mercedes A Class

GENEVA (AP) - Mercedes-Benz unveiled a radical redesign of its A-Class vehicles Tuesday, the first in a series of facelifts for the German luxury automaker's fleet.

March 07, 2012 | | BUSINESS


Sleek silk: Mercedes-Benz SLK Is 2 cars in 1 — without compromise

Mmmmm, Airscarf. I left Santa Barbara, Calif., southbound for San Diego at 9 a.m. It was 60 degrees, and the sky was clear blue.

March 07, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Autoword | BUSINESS


Cadillac Escalade Platinum: It has everything

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.

March 07, 2012 | By BARBARA & BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | BUSINESS


Sonoma offers world class wine & scenery

The California wine country in and near Sonoma County is known for its world-class wines, but you don't have to be a wine aficionado to marvel at this area's scenic backroads and the abundance of historical attractions all within a short drive. Case in point: a drive up the central part of the county that begins in the historic city of Petaluma.

February 29, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY CaliforniaWeekend.com | BUSINESS


Chevrolet Sonic: Totally 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 29, 2012 | By BARBARA & BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | BUSINESS


Roaring into sun and sea on 2 wheels

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Lots of Northerners shake off the last of the cold weather with a trip south this time of year. We decided to head into the Florida sunshine on two wheels, on a motorcycle trip from Miami down through the Keys, where the flat lanes seem to skim you over the blue-and-aquamarine, coral-lined sea before you're vaulted skyward bound up a causeway and on to another island.

February 29, 2012 | | BUSINESS


Burning Man regulars lament ticket 'fiasco'

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The biggest prior threats to the annual Burning Man gathering in the Nevada desert were U.S. land-use laws, undercover cops and the perception that the largest outdoor arts festival in North America is really just an excuse to get naked and do drugs.

February 29, 2012 | | BUSINESS


Rising gas prices add to Kia Rio’s appeal

With gas prices on the rise, it's no wonder the 2012 Rio is one of the top-selling cars at Kia Country, 1515 N. Main St., Manteca.

February 23, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | BUSINESS


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


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