April 2, 2009 |
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.
January 29, 1990 |
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.
March 28, 2010 |
"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.
June 27, 1990 |
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.
May 7, 2012 |
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.
June 1, 1990 |
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.
May 20, 1986 |
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.
September 15, 1989 |
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)
June 10, 1990 |
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.
October 13, 1993 |
Theodore J. Fiala Sr., 82, the heart and soul of the largest antique car collectors' association in the country, died Sunday at his home in Havertown. Mr. Fiala was a founding member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, which started in 1935 in Philadelphia with 14 members and has grown to about 58,000 members worldwide. Headquartered in Hershey, the group has 400 regions and chapters in almost every state and several foreign countries. The headquarters houses a library and research center, publishes a bi-monthly magazine and promotes more than a dozen car shows and rallies each year across the country.