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June 14, 1991 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
After more than three decades, the Roadmaster has returned to Buick showrooms. Talk about time warps. The Roadmaster was a big, soft-riding, heavily equipped, rear-drive V-8 when it was last produced in 1958, and it is precisely that in 1991. The notable difference, from a nostalgic standpoint at least, is the absence of the odd, chrome-rimmed holes in the front fenders. The Buick euphemism for those bizarre punctures was venti-ports. Most people I knew called them "rat holes. " The resurrected Roadmaster nameplate made its debut last fall on the Roadmaster Estate Wagon.
NEWS
October 21, 1990 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
Nostalgics no longer have to rely so heavily on reruns of I Love Lucy for their '50s fix. Now they also can Leave It to Buick. It seems that Buick has resurrected the Roadmaster model name from a 32- year-old unmarked grave in suburban Detroit. Those of us old enough to have to jump-start our hearts on cold mornings remember the Roadmaster quite well. It was that big Buick, last produced during the 1958 model year, with the four round holes gnawed in each of the front fenders.
SPORTS
January 26, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Tiger Woods made short work of the easier North course at Torrey Pines, leaving everyone else long odds of catching him at the Buick Invitational. Woods chipped in for par, escaped from a couple of trees and wound up with a 7-under-par 65 yesterday to match his best start ever at Torrey Pines in San Diego, building a four-shot lead over alternate Kevin Streelman as he tries to win this event for the fourth straight year. Woods, making his first start of the season, had a 12-under 132 total.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 1989 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
In one sense, Barry Levinson's Rain Man could be called a road picture. But it also is a moving work of art that deserves a better fate than to be exploited as a vehicle to sell cars. Rain Man, which has brought in more than $165 million in its 24-week domestic run - the highest first-run box-office gross by a best-picture Oscar winner - will arrive on video on Aug. 30. It will come with tire tracks. The acclaimed film will be preceded by a Buick commercial, whether you'd really rather have one or not. The connection is the handsome 1949 Buick roadster that Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise use in their eventful trip across the country.
SPORTS
February 9, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have been playing Torrey Pines in San Diego since they were boys. Yet for one incredibly miserable round yesterday, it looked as if they'd never set foot on the blufftop layout with the $1 million view of the Pacific Ocean. The two Southern California natives, who happen to be the world's top two golfers, were humbled in the second round of the Buick Invitational. Woods made the cut only because he sank a 6-foot birdie putt on No. 18. Mickelson, the two-time defending champion, wasn't as lucky and goes home for the weekend.
NEWS
January 20, 1995 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
If Buick were a country instead of an automaker, we could refer to it in travelogue terms: "Buick, land of contrasts, where yesterday meets tomorrow. " Tomorrow at Buick is the Riviera, a low-end luxury coupe that features the most original and exciting body styling to come along in this decade. Yesterday is cars like the Park Avenue, which is an older automobile aimed at an older clientele. The Park Avenue, Buick's large, front-drive luxury sedan, is not an unattractive car. Like the women in Rubens' paintings, it is nicely proportioned in a full-figured way. But, I'm not sure that voluptuous look flies anymore.
NEWS
September 29, 1996 | By Suzanne Gordon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An 18-year-old from Germantown driving in his new car, which he reportedly had just received from his father, lost control of the vehicle in heavy rains last night, causing an accident that killed one passenger and injured the driver and two other passengers. The driver, Michael Taylor, 18, of the 2100 block of Stenton Avenue, lost control of the 1985 Buick about 6 p.m. The roads were wet, and the rain had begun to fall heavily, police said. The Buick was headed west on Ivy Hill Road between Mansfield and Stenton Avenues when it hit a pole, then hit a tree, then split in half.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1998 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
Yet another large domestic coupe was sentenced to death yesterday, when Buick announced it would cease production of its stylish Riviera model in November. Like the discontinued Ford Thunderbird and Lincoln Mark VIII coupes, the dramatically sculpted Buick luxury car was the victim of slumping sales. It sold 5,800 copies during the first six months of this year, a far cry from the annual sales of 55,000 it enjoyed during its heyday in the mid-'80s. "We're sorry to end production of Riviera, because it is indeed a proud name in the Buick lineup," said Robert E. Coletta, general manager of General Motors Corp.
SPORTS
February 10, 2000 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Another week, another town. Another tournament, another opportunity for Tiger Woods to extend his incredible winning streak and again wow the sports world. Hey, it could all end here at the Buick Invitational. Of course, the moon could also fall out of the sky and kill us all. The smart money says that Woods will win again, claiming his 18th victory in less than four years and leaving the mark of six straight PGA Tour victories he now shares with Ben Hogan in his dust. How do we know this?
NEWS
April 24, 1998 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
The redesigned Regal is not supposed to be your father's Buick. It is intended for younger buyers (people in their 40s) who want to mix traditional Buick comfort and quietude with fun and games. Driving fun and that degree of ride comfort are not the most compatible of automotive attributes. But happily, the Regal's designers were able to broker a nifty compromise between athleticism and Buick's hallmark hedonism. This is particularly true of the higher-performing GS model that I tested.
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February 23, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2015 Buick Regal AWD GS: Aiming for a younger crowd. Price: $43,820 as tested ($39,300 base) including $1,000 for power sunroof, and more options noted throughout. Marketer's pitch: "Take your expectations for a spin. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com cites "plentiful standard features; reasonable base price; available all-wheel drive; standard turbocharged power" as the good, and "some interior comfort and visibility issues; touchscreen interface can be frustrating to use; limited trunk space" among the not-so-good features.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2014 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
USED TO BE, people touted Buicks for the "living room" plushness of the upholstery and equally cushy ride. But after a week with a high-performance, high-tech 2015 Buick Regal GS, Gizmo Guy's more inclined to celebrate its living-room-worthy entertainment and communications skills. And to praise the ride's almost maternal protective instincts. In sum, all the cool techy stuff increasingly "driving" new car sales, say market trackers like J.D. Power & Associates. WI-FI EVERYWHERE: Perpetually linked to the outside world via General Motors' OnStar satellites and AT&T mobile 4G/LTE communications service, a Regal offers a great traveling environment for a family focused on gadgets.
NEWS
October 29, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
SEVEN CLASSIC sex-symbol cars will have their curvaceous bodies covered with bloody limbs and gaping jaws in today's Liberty Region Corvette Club Show at Katie O'Donnell's Irish Pub in Northeast Philadelphia. The eerie entries in the EmpireCovers Halloween Car Cover Contest - try saying that with a mouthful of candy corn - will be scattered among the street rods and muscle cars in the pub's parking lot on Woodhaven Road near Franklin Mills Boulevard. Among the dozens of local student-artists entering solo and group creations to win the $250 to $1,000 prizes, Holiday Campanella, 25, of South Philly, was shocked when she first saw the size of her blank canvas.
NEWS
March 3, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
Over the years, I've come to think of Buicks in John Wayne terms: big guys who need a little elbow room. So, there was something more than mildly oxymoronic about being confronted by a Buick that qualified as the world's smallest luxury SUV. That would be the brand-new Buick Encore, a crossover short on length and long on luxury. The Encore is a nicely realized effort to address a sea change in American car buying. Fuel economy has become a top priority for new-car buyers, important enough to make many of them willing to downsize.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2012 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2012 Buick Verano 1SL front-wheel drive: A baby Buick. Price: $26,850 (no options). Marketer's pitch: "You shouldn't have to upsize to upgrade. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com says it has a "quiet and luxurious cabin; comfortable ride. " But it is "underpowered compared to competitors. " But people who know GM ask, "Is Verano to Cruze as Cimarron was to Cavalier?" Reality: This is not a baubled-up Cruze. And I didn't find power that lackluster, either.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2012 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist Price: $36,685 ($32,440 base). Marketer's pitch: "Performance art. " Conventional wisdom: When General Motors goes high-tech, things can get . . . interesting. Reality: Much-improved mileage over the standard four-cylinder LaCrosse, no noticeable sacrifice in performance, and everything worked well. And, yeah, it's kind of pretty. Not a hybrid: The eAssist system in the LaCrosse adds a small electric motor, regenerative braking, and a lithium-ion battery.
NEWS
February 5, 2012 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
For most of Buick's long life, its suspension engineers traveled to the Gulf of Mexico, donned their snorkels, and dived down to the sea floor to worship at the altar of the Sponge God. As a result, driving a Buick was the automotive equivalent of sleeping on Beautyrest's softest mattress. In recent times, Buick has changed religions. In the interest of building more athletic, more sophisticated automobiles, its suspension engineers have begun attending services at the European Church of Firm and Composed Undercarriages.
NEWS
December 7, 2011 | By Anthony Campisi, Inquirer Staff Writer
A controversial Philadelphia police officer who survived a 2007 shotgun blast to the mouth has retired. Officer Richard DeCoatsworth left the force this week because of injuries he sustained in the shooting, police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers confirmed Tuesday night. DeCoatsworth, now 25, was a rookie when he approached a battered blue Buick driving suspiciously down a West Philadelphia street. He was hit in the face with a shotgun fired from the car - and managed to chase down and arrest the shooter despite his injury.
NEWS
December 6, 2011 | By Anthony Campisi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A controversial Philadelphia police officer who survived a 2007 shotgun blast to the mouth has retired. Officer Richard DeCoatsworth left the force earlier this week because of injuries he sustained in the shooting, police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers confirmed Tuesday night. DeCoatsworth, now 25, was a rookie when he approached a battered blue Buick driving suspiciously down a West Philadelphia street. He was hit in the face with a shotgun fired from the car - and managed to chase down and arrest the shooter despite his injury.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2011 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2011 Buick LaCrosse CXL four-cylinder: A carryover from the 2010 model year, this Buick aims to go against class leaders. Base price: $29,055. A host of luxury and entertainment options lifted the test car to $37,410. Marketer's pitch: Ready to compete against Acura TL and Lincoln MKZ. Conventional wisdom: LaCrosse? Wouldn't a Buick be better named the Shuffleboard? Reality: Comfortable, smooth, and still pretty nice to drive. Friends and stuff: Let's start here, because this Buick aims to cloak passengers in luxury.
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