June 24, 2013 |
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.
July 27, 2011 |
2012 Fiat 500C Lounge: It's Luigi from the Pixar hit Cars . What could be better? Price as tested: $26,050 (Base price: $23,500) Marketer's pitch: A new Italian classic. Conventional wisdom: F.I.A.T. = Fix It Again, Tony? Reality: Cute and cuddly. Economical. Pretty, with classic good looks and lots of style. But not as all-out fun as the Mini Cooper, or even the Ford Fiesta. It's back: Fiat returns to U.S. shores as a part owner of Chrysler Corp.
June 18, 2000 |
Question: I have a question that's been bothering me. Some years back (20 or more), a friend bought a new car that had the spare tire mounted on top of the engine. I can't remember what make the car was. Can you set me straight? Answer: Fiat exported a subcompact sedan to this country in the '70s that had the spare mounted under the hood near the engine, but not right on top of it. Exposing the spare tire to all that engine heat wasn't a great idea, but then this wasn't a great car. As a matter of fact, it was an awful car. It resurfaced during the '80s with a different body and name - the Yugo - and bedeviled a whole new generation of drivers.
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.
December 23, 1986
This is in reply to the Dec. 15 editorial "For doctors who really care. " The Action Alliance of Senior Citizens and your editorial are urging doctors to sign the Participating Physicians Agreement for Medicare. You equate participation by physicians with being a caring doctor. I feel deeply that I must take exception with this false presumption. You also imply that physicians don't sign because of financial reasons and you state that non-participating physicians can charge whatever they want.
December 30, 2011 |
This has not been a good year for despots. North Korea's Kim Jong Il met his maker, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak is under arrest, and Syria's Bashar al-Assad faces a future that looks rocky. But in Philadelphia, City Council members get to rule their districts with an iron hand - at least for now. Philadelphia is one of a dwindling number of big American cities where local legislators adhere to a courtly tradition called councilmanic prerogative. Like its royal antecedent, the prerogative grants the city's 10 district Council members the right to do as they please in their own patch.
September 2, 1990 |
To make sense of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's claims that Kuwait is really part of Iraq, it helps to go back nearly 70 years to a meeting in a tent in the Arabian desert, where a British high commissioner arbitrarily drew what became the Kuwait-Iraq border. One night in November 1922, Sir Percy Cox, Britain's representative in Baghdad, summoned to his tent Sheik Ibn Saud, soon to become ruler of Saudi Arabia. Cox announced in sharp tones that, in view of an impasse on boundary disputes, he would decide the borders of Arab nations.
September 29, 2015 |
When Pope Francis spoke about joy this weekend, he probably wasn't thinking about the ecstasy that comes from being able to stroll down the center of Walnut Street without a car at your back. Or the rapture of skateboarding the wrong way on Pine Street. Or the bliss of biking 20 abreast on Broad Street. Or the pure, giddy fun of playing touch football in front of the Convention Center on Arch Street. The unprecedented shutdown of the five-square-mile heart of Philadelphia was driven by the need for security (or rather, the perceived need for security)
September 12, 2016 |
2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat: Camaro and Mustang readers clamor for the other muscle-y contender. Price: $69,775, including a $1,700 Gas Guzzler Tax, $595 for summer tires, and $995 dual carbon stripes. (More on options later.) Marketer's pitch: "The most powerful muscle car ever. " Conventional wisdom: Yee-haw! Reality: This really needs to come with a five-day cooling-off period - and driving school. By popular demand: Many readers asked how I could face myself after reviewing the Mustang and Camaro and not compare the Challenger?
October 27, 1996 |
Since we were in the neighborhdd traveling through Italy, we thought we'd bop in on San Marino for lunch. San Marino is one of those cute little European countries that have managed to wangle their way through history as independent entities while the rest of the continent bumps and grinds through rough-and-tumble times. Along with Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein and Vatican City, San Marino relies on the good humor of the rest of the world to let it stay cute, little and independent.