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April 2, 2009 | By Al Haas FOR THE INQUIRER
For Italians, Fiat is an acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino. For many of us who owned Fiats during the automaker's last presence in this country, the acronym stood for Fix It Again, Tony. I know, the company that Chrysler may team up with is now the largest vehicle manufacturer in Italy, and it builds good machinery. But that wasn't the case the last time around. While some American motorists may have had decent luck with the fragile Fiats, most of us didn't, and it was that poor quality that eventually pushed the company out of this market in 1984.
NEWS
January 29, 1990 | By Edward Moran, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Darryl Lynette Figueroa contributed to this report
A 13-year-old girl was charged yesterday with stealing her uncle's car and ramming two police officers who were conducting an unrelated automobile investigation. Police said the two uniformed officers, Lillian Burroughs, 23, and Michelle McCurdy, 24, both assigned to the 25th Police District, Front and Westmoreland streets, were in satisfactory condition at Temple University Hospital yesterday. The officers were standing next to a 1981 Fiat they had stopped on 5th Street near Clearfield about 10:30 Saturday night when the 1979 Toyota driven by the teen-ager went out of control, police said.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2010 | Compiled from The Inquirer, Associated Press, Bloomberg News
"Consumers are exhaling after the enormous loss of wealth from the recession. The intensive retrenchment that they were doing during the recession has ended. " - Citigroup's chief U.S. economist Robert DiClemente "If you're fraudulent, you deserve to be punished. " - jury foreman Hank Pierotti, after his federal jury said Pfizer Inc. must pay $142.1 million for racketeering fraud in the marketing of epilepsy drug Neurontin "I hope that financial markets will now act on fact and not on fiction.
NEWS
June 8, 2014 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
For Chrysler and Fiat, snuggling under the same corporate blanket has encouraged the impulse to share. Fiat gave Chrysler the essential architecture for its Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee. It then used the same Coat of Many Models marketing strategy for its Fiat 500 that its American cousin had employed with the Chrysler PT Cruiser. With that retro cutey sold earlier in the millennium, Chrysler showed that you could sustain sales and thus significantly extend the life of a specialty car with a procession of variations on the same theme.
NEWS
June 27, 1990 | By Richard V. Sabatini, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police say they have identified the man involved in an apparent attempt to abduct an 8-year-old Somerton girl, and they say the whole incident turned out to be a lot less sinister than it first appeared. "A misunderstanding," said Capt. James Nocco, head of Northeast detectives. Alexander Poykov, a 40-year-old Southampton man, telephoned police last week to say he was the person being sought as a suspect in an apparent attempt to abduct the girl June 4, Nocco said Monday.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2012 | Al Haas
Scheduled to hit the showrooms around the end of June, the all-new, 2013 Dodge Dart is the latest addition to an avalanche of new and redesigned Chrysler vehicles that earned the recently bankrupt automaker nearly a half-billion dollars in the first quarter — more than it made all last year. And as good as this new compact sedan is, it ought to add even more to the bottom line of Chrysler and its partner, Fiat, the Italian carmaker that owns 58.5 percent of its stock. After all, compacts have 15 percent of the U.S. market and constitute the industry's fastest-growing segment.
NEWS
June 1, 1990 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
It is a big, strong, luxurious four-wheel-drive vehicle that weighs in at a Bentleyesque 5,250 pounds and is priced at an equally hefty $44,600. Its target clientele is the horsey set and the nouveau riche horsey wannabees, people who usually buy Jeep Grand Wagoneers and Range Rovers. It is called the Laforza, but, given its strange genealogy, you could call this rugged, ritzy Italo-American off-roader a lot of other things. You could call the Laforza a LaFordza, since it employs a Ford five-liter V-8 and four-speed automatic transmission.
BUSINESS
May 20, 1986 | The Inquirer Staff
Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities rose sharply in yesterday's auction to levels not recorded since late March. The Treasury Department sold $7 billion in three-month bills at an average discount rate of 6.22 percent, up from 6.07 percent last week. Another $7 billion was sold in six-month bills at an average discount rate of 6.28 percent, up from 6.10 percent last week. The rates were the highest since March 31, when three-month bills sold for 6.35 percent and six-month bills averaged 6.32 percent.
NEWS
September 15, 1989 | By GEORGE F. WILL
Italy, until recently the sick man of Western Europe, is so robust that social scientists should be dizzy. A mere decade after last rites were being pronounced, it is flourishing in a manner that may make it a model for Europe's fast-unfolding future. It may be especially suited to absorb the political and cultural shocks of 1992, when the unified market of the 12 nations of the European Community commences. Italy had Europe's first formidable Fascist Party. As recently as a dozen years ago, when "Eurocommunism" was a cresting wave (Italian Communists got 34.5 percent of the votes in 1976)
NEWS
June 10, 1990 | By Burr Van Atta, Inquirer Staff Writer
Attorney Daniel DelCollo Jr. did his best for his client and the game of billiards at last week's meeting of the Somerton Civic Association, but some in the audience indicated they still harbored doubts. As DelCollo spoke, they hummed their way through "Seventy-six Trombones," the theme from The Music Man, the musical with one of Broadway's most memorable lines: "You got trouble right here in River City! With a capital T, and that rhymes with P, and that stands for Pool!" Speaking at a Tuesday evening meeting at Arthur's Catering at Bustleton Avenue and Byberry Road, DelCollo said his client, Doylestown CPA Ron Williams, wanted to bring billiards to the Northeast in an "upscale setting . . . a family place where members must be 18 or older, a place with no liquor, no beer.
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NEWS
August 22, 2016 | By Al Haas, Staff Writer
A zingy ride needn't dispose of too much of your disposable income. Indeed, sharp wheels can be good deals. For under $19,000, you can pick up a number of small sedans and hatchbacks as grabby as they are economical - cars like the cute-as-a-button subcompact Ford Fiesta, opening at $14,580, and the downright stylish compact Honda Civic sedan, starting at $18,640. And if you want to raise the ante a bit, you can add performance to the visual cool with turbocharged pocket rockets like the Fiesta ST and the Fiat 500 Abarth.
NEWS
June 27, 2016 | By Al Haas, Staff Writer
What do you get when you serve Roadster Ricotta with Sports Car Sushi? The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, a wedding of the original, Pininfarina-designed 124 Sport Spider, one of the loveliest Fiats ever, and the wonderfully playful Mazda Miata. Due in U.S. showrooms this summer, this latter-day evocation of that first Spider is a collaboration between Fiat and Mazda. The Japanese automaker supplies the Miata platform and some parts, and will build the rear-drive 124 Spider at its assembly plant in Hiroshima.
NEWS
January 31, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo, Staff Writer
If you consider celebrity cars, the Popemobile is just one in a long list: the Batmobile, the General Lee, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, the Ghostbusters' Ectomobile, Stephen King's Christine, the Munsters' Drag-U-La and so on. But a Popemobile is here in Philadelphia. And it can be yours tonight. The Fiat 500L that carried Pope Francis around Philadelphia during his September visit will be auctioned off for charity at 9 p.m. tonight at the Philadelphia Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
NEWS
September 25, 2015 | By Matthew Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jesus may have preferred a donkey for his trip into town, but Pope Francis rolled across Washington on Tuesday in a gleaming black Fiat 500L. The four-door car is a bulked-up version of the company's signature Fiat 500, a sporty, inexpensive subcompact. Whisking Francis from place to place, the 500L is not the "Popemobile" - an open-topped Jeep Wrangler in which the pope rides during parades. What does the choice of the 500L say about His Holiness? The car's fuel economy (33 m.p.g highway, 25 city)
NEWS
June 8, 2014 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
For Chrysler and Fiat, snuggling under the same corporate blanket has encouraged the impulse to share. Fiat gave Chrysler the essential architecture for its Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee. It then used the same Coat of Many Models marketing strategy for its Fiat 500 that its American cousin had employed with the Chrysler PT Cruiser. With that retro cutey sold earlier in the millennium, Chrysler showed that you could sustain sales and thus significantly extend the life of a specialty car with a procession of variations on the same theme.
NEWS
June 24, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
BALTIMORE - When Fiat recently reentered the U.S. market after a long absence, it did so with a latter-day evocation of its most iconic car, the 500. As it turned out, such a pioneering role was a rather large load to place on the narrow shoulders of a minicar that carried two people comfortably. Sergio Marchionne, Fiat/Chrysler's CEO, manned up on that move. "It's no one's fault but mine," he told Motor Trend. "There weren't enough dealers, and the 500 alone wasn't the right car to establish the brand.
NEWS
March 14, 2013 | Jeff Rosenberg, For the Daily News
I AM A Philadelphia School District (PSD) teacher in my 36th year, and what has really gotten stuck in my craw most has been the imperial, patronizing manner in which the PSD leadership has been conducting its business. Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. arrived six months ago spouting transparency and community engagement, but what we've mostly gotten has been something far less. School Reform Commission Chairman Pedro Ramos and the SRC set the stage by surreptitiously hiring an attorney to lobby the state Legislature to increase the power of the SRC to impose working conditions.
NEWS
February 8, 2013
The New Jersey Supreme Court should block Gov. Christie's latest attempt to roll back its landmark rulings on affordable housing. Christie provoked a standoff over the court's Mount Laurel decisions in 2011, when he attempted to unilaterally abolish the bipartisan board created to carry out the court's affordable-housing directives. Christie wants to transfer the functions of the Council on Affording Housing, which is independent of the governor, to the state Department of Community Affairs, which is run by a member of his cabinet.
NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
The two biggest Mideast crises this past week, concerning Egypt and Palestine, involved voting. Given the bloodshed elsewhere in the region, I consider that to be progress. On Thursday, the U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to upgrade Palestine to nonmember state observer status (the vote was 138 in favor, with 41 abstentions, and only nine opposed, including the United States, Canada, and Israel). This vote was a positive, since it reenshrines the principle of two separate states for Israel and the Palestinians at a time when fundamentalists on both sides say there should be only one state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean.
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