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March 18, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Electric-car manufacturers such as Tesla Motors would be able to bypass auto dealerships and sell their vehicles directly to consumers under a bill passed by the Legislature on Monday. The Democratic-controlled Senate also tried but failed to override Gov. Christie's controversial veto of legislation that would overhaul the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Senate voted 30-2 in favor of the Tesla bill. The Assembly passed it 77-0, with one abstention, in June.
NEWS
March 15, 2015 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
You'd like to buy an affordable second vehicle. And because you already have a family bus, it needn't be a cavernous crossover or a sedate sedan. It could be simply fun. As chairman of the Cheap Thrills Committee, I challenged myself to come up with some suggestions. I found five truly enjoyable 2015 frolicmobiles for under $24,000. These athletic devils include a roadster, sporty coupes, and a subcompact hatchback on steroids. Let's take a look: Ford Fiesta ST (base price, $21,435)
NEWS
March 15, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A South Philadelphia man accused of conning an octogenarian World War II veteran out of his home, personal property, and two vintage cars was found guilty of fraud Friday and sentenced to 71/4 to 141/2 years in prison. The Common Pleas Court jury deliberated about four hours before finding Melvin McIlwaine, 61, guilty of seven counts involving fraud and theft in a yearlong con in which he befriended Ray White, cheated him out of everything, and left him homeless. White, now 90, arrived too late for sentencing, but said he hoped "more people will not be scammed as a result of this particular trial.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Drivers for Lyft, the electronic ride-hailing service, will be permitted to use older vehicles by late May, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ruled Wednesday. Lyft, which has been seeking to increase its number of drivers in Pennsylvania, will be able to use vehicles that are up to 10 years old, with fewer than 350,000 miles. But it must wait until new PUC regulations are approved by state authorities and published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, which could be as late as May 26. The new vehicle rules will replace the current standard, which requires that taxis and other for-hire vehicles be no older than eight years.
NEWS
March 9, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Philadelphia police officers responding to a shooting at Second Street and Black Horse Alley in Old City early Saturday opened fire on a black Cadillac as it came toward them, authorities said. After the initial shooting about 2 a.m., the Cadillac, with three men inside, fled. Police said the two officers saw it turn the wrong way onto Chestnut Street and drive onto the sidewalk. That's when the officers opened fire on the vehicle, police said. The car crashed into a cyclone fence at a construction zone and came to rest at the edge of deep crater, police said.
NEWS
March 9, 2015 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
Nancy Lockhart is a color-marketing manager at Axalta Coating Systems in Michigan. Her job with this major car-paint supplier, a former DuPont subsidiary, is to help automakers develop new colors for their vehicles. She is quite aware just how crucial it is to be able to predict which hues customers will want when those cars and trucks finally emerge from their three-year development cycles. "Color is a critical part of the buying process," she said. "People may very well walk away if they don't see the color they want.
NEWS
March 8, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the snow stopped falling Thursday night, roads were covered, tree branches were bent, and temperatures plunged, freezing everything in place. But in a dimly lit parking lot off Ridge Pike in Plymouth Meeting, Joe Natale was working. With a single plow and dozens of car keys, Natale went about the tedious job he has done so many times before: preparing the lot at Battaglia Auto as if the snow had not come. After all, who would test-drive a Mustang the next day if its red coat was frosted over?
BUSINESS
February 28, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey (D., Pa.) called on the federal government Thursday to expedite the adoption of new standards for more robust oil-tank cars. Casey, in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), said the agency should move quickly in its review of new railcar standards following the latest oil-train accident and explosion, Feb. 16 in West Virginia. "We want the administration to have a greater sense of urgency to get this out the door," Casey said in a conference call with reporters.
NEWS
February 26, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
PATCO's long-delayed rebuilt commuter cars will not be rolled out this month as planned, as continuing glitches in signal systems have forced another delay, PATCO officials said Tuesday. PATCO executives said last month the first eight of 120 refurbished cars would be put into customer service in February. But PATCO president John Hanson said Tuesday, "They're not going to be ready by the end of this month. " PATCO is withholding millions of dollars in payments to Alstom Transport Inc. while the manufacturer tries to fix the problem, Hanson said.
NEWS
February 26, 2015 | By John Moritz, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's easier to sell a new Acura when there isn't a used Jeep crashed on top of it. An Ardmore car dealership learned that the hard way Tuesday morning, after a customer leaving an adjacent car wash accelerated into a ramp-like snow embankment several feet high and landed atop three cars in the dealer's lot. Police and witnesses said the driver, a 74-year-old woman, had just had her white Jeep Grand Cherokee washed at Arrow Car Wash on Lancaster...
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