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April 25, 1990 | By John Javna, Special to The Inquirer
We all know that cars have serious effects on the environment. But because we depend on them in our daily lives, it's unrealistic to suggest that people stop driving altogether. Car-pooling and public transportation are worthwhile goals. But even if you have to drive every day, there's something simple you can do to help the Earth: Make sure your car is running as efficiently as possible. Getting good gas mileage isn't just a matter of economics; a gas guzzler is more destructive to our planet than a fuel-efficient vehicle.
NEWS
December 16, 2002
Look for this political ad in 2004: President Bush and Spot the spaniel cruise the Crawford ranch in a better-mileage sport-utility vehicle, brought to you through the President's determination to reduce dependence on foreign oil. Candidate Bush will brag that he did more than President Clinton ever did by pushing the first "big" increase in light-truck gas mileage requirements since 1987. But the ad isn't likely to mention that the 1.5-mile-per-gallon increase over three model years, proposed last week, would fail to match what automakers already had promised to do. It won't say that the import savings amount to drops in a barrel.
NEWS
April 25, 2003
Ford Motor Co. rocked the auto industry three years ago when it pledged to increase gas mileage in its sports-utility vehicles 25 percent by 2005. It grabbed headlines by predicting consumers would make 80 fewer trips to the gas station and save $2,400 over the life of the vehicle. It collected environmental praise rarely bestowed on Detroit. Best of all, Ford's goal embarrassed General Motors into a similar efficiency commitment. For the first time since SUVs became wildly popular, America stood to make a dent in its dependence on foreign oil because a Detroit automaker had decided to use existing technology to upgrade its worst guzzlers.
NEWS
March 6, 1999
It's not hard to understand the appeal of those big sport-utility vehicles. They're comfortable - many of them as roomy and plush as the most expensive luxury sedan. They can carry everybody in the clan and their toys: bikes, skis, skates, and all the luggage that attends today's upwardly mobile American family. And they give the illusion of safety: big, high bumpers, acres of hood and fender out there. But it's just an illusion; safety statistics show that SUVs are more likely than sedans to roll over in a collision.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2012 | By Tom Krisher, Associated Press
DETROIT - Hyundai and Kia overstated the gas mileage on 900,000 vehicles sold in the last three years, a discovery that could bring sanctions from the U.S. government and millions of dollars in reimbursements to car owners. The inflated mileage was uncovered in an audit of test results by the Environmental Protection Agency, which ordered the Korean automakers to replace fuel economy stickers on the affected cars. The new window stickers will have figures that are one-to-six miles per gallon lower depending on the model, the agency said Friday.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2012 | By Tom Krisher, Associated Press
DETROIT - General Motors is giving its big pickups a much-needed makeover. The company unveiled new versions of its top-selling Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra on Thursday, aiming to get them to showrooms by late spring or early summer. The timing is good. The 2014 models roll into a market where truck sales are growing after a five-year slump. And GM's current trucks are dated, hurting sales. Those trucks, last revamped in 2007, are the oldest on the market and have fallen behind newer models from Ford and Chrysler.
NEWS
February 4, 2010 | By CHRISTINE OLLEY, olleyc@phillynews.com 215-854-5184
Bill Greco, 54, still has faith in Toyota. Despite the recent major recall of numerous models due to a sticking accelerator, Greco, of Wayne, said at yesterday's Auto Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center that he hopes to be driving a new Toyota Forerunner by March. "Toyota has been so dependable for so many years," Greco said. "I feel bad for the people who have had problems but the fix is so easy. " His wife, Casey Clawson, 48, agreed. She recently purchased a 2007 Toyota hybrid, which was not recalled.
NEWS
February 12, 2007
In his State of the Union address, President Bush offered plenty of lofty goals on energy and global warming, but the devil's in his plan's dirty details. The plan has loopholes big enough to drive a Hummer through and fails to guarantee that car makers will do their share to break our dependence on oil. It could actually increase global-warming pollution. It's a plan that only a gas-guzzler would love, because there's no overall fuel-economy standard. If you can't meet one class standard, you just make the car a little heavier and, presto, you are in a higher weight class with a lower benchmark.
NEWS
July 18, 2001
On a mission to steer public opinion toward President Bush's drill-'em-deep national energy policy, Vice President Cheney arrived in Philadelphia this week without his voice - thanks to a bout of laryngitis. The same could be said for a key element mostly muted in the Bush proposal: conservation ideas. While the President's policy is long on boosting energy production, it's short on commonsense ways to stem the nation's energy binging. Yet there are huge savings to be gained, notably on the nation's highways.
NEWS
August 25, 2005
The Bush administration is accepting public comments through November on its latest fuel-saving proposal for minivans, trucks and sports utility vehicles. Here's one: You've got to be kidding. With gas prices averaging $2.62 a gallon nationally, the best the Department of Transportation could muster Tuesday was a new fuel-economy rule saving less than a month's worth of gas over 15 years. Consumers spending $50 for a fill-up need more help than that. So does the nation, whose economy and national security hinge on the supply and price of oil. A well-crafted fuel-economy rule could have set the United States on a path toward oil conservation.
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May 5, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
Actually, the Acura RDX doesn't fill prescriptions or offer ibuprofen on a buy-one-get-one-free basis. That's because it's not really a drugstore. It's an automobile, a compact crossover SUV, to be exact. But while it doesn't dispense drugs, it is, like all its vehicular brethren, the recipient of a marketing prescription. And that prescription has changed dramatically, resulting in a very different RDX for the 2013 model year. The RDX, which debuted as a 2007 model, was originally aimed at a 30ish male yuppie who prized driving fun. It featured a turbocharged four-banger, a sophisticated, performance-minded all-wheel-drive system and a firm, sporty suspension.
NEWS
April 14, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
Getting around in the snow can be a pricey proposition. The Range Rover Autobiography model has a base price of $130,995. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo checks in at $108,750. Granted, these are rather extreme cases. But they do underscore the point that all-wheel-drive vehicles do dip more deeply into your pocket than their two-wheel-drive counterparts. In exchange for the peace of mind they give you on a snowy ride home, AWD systems typically add a couple of thousand dollars to your vehicle's price tag and subtract several MPGs from its fuel economy.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2012 | By Tom Krisher, Associated Press
DETROIT - General Motors is giving its big pickups a much-needed makeover. The company unveiled new versions of its top-selling Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra on Thursday, aiming to get them to showrooms by late spring or early summer. The timing is good. The 2014 models roll into a market where truck sales are growing after a five-year slump. And GM's current trucks are dated, hurting sales. Those trucks, last revamped in 2007, are the oldest on the market and have fallen behind newer models from Ford and Chrysler.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2012 | By Tom Krisher, Associated Press
DETROIT - Hyundai and Kia overstated the gas mileage on 900,000 vehicles sold in the last three years, a discovery that could bring sanctions from the U.S. government and millions of dollars in reimbursements to car owners. The inflated mileage was uncovered in an audit of test results by the Environmental Protection Agency, which ordered the Korean automakers to replace fuel economy stickers on the affected cars. The new window stickers will have figures that are one-to-six miles per gallon lower depending on the model, the agency said Friday.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2012 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
Ford C-Max Hybrid SEL: Smooth, sippy family mover. Price: $32,075 as tested, including a $3,080 package that adds premium audio and navigation, power liftgate, rear camera, and automated parking. (A base model starts at $25,020.) Marketer's pitch: Hybrid efficiency. Real-world performance. Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com credits its "superb gas mileage ... refined ride and responsive handling. " Reality: I'd call it 2½ out of 3. Weekend vehicle: The C-Max came to me in an unusual way. Normally, I work with fleet companies that provide test vehicles for members of the media.
NEWS
March 19, 2012 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer GreenSpace Columnist
I made a few stops on the way home the other night, which meant my car's engine had to warm up several times and my gas mileage for the trip was down a bit - 55.2 miles a gallon. Yes, I have a Prius. But normally I can do a few miles a gallon better. It was late. Orion was high overhead. And as I stood in the driveway gazing at it, I had a diabolical thought. Normally I put so much effort into increasing my mileage. I drive the speed limit and coast to every red light.
NEWS
July 31, 2011 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
The new-for-2011 convertible rendition of the Chevrolet Camaro arrived on my doorstep clad in a $325 option called "Inferno Orange Metallic. " I'm thinking: Gee, isn't it easy enough to get a speeding ticket in a sporty, 426-horsepower V-8 without dressing it in a variation on "Arrest Me Red"? Oh, well, I guess there's really no way to render a Camaro SS gendarme-proof. You could substitute a Cuisinart motor for that fugitive from a Corvette engine bay, paint the car "Funereal Fawn," and still swivel a constabulary neck or two. And besides, the metallic orange paint grew on me. I found it a tad jarring at first, but it was an interesting color that worked well with the black body-stripe package ($470)
BUSINESS
April 21, 2011
When gasoline is about $4 a gallon, and climbing, why spend more to save? These apps for gas shopping, improved mileage, and oil-based comedy are from the "free" column. GasBuddy is for Apple, Android, and Windows, and is scheduled for BlackBerry in May. You sort a list of nearby gas stations by distance or price. GasBuddy users report the prices they see and pay, and this "crowdsourcing" makes it a pretty reliable tool on the road. Feel free to submit an update whenever you see new prices.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2011 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Columnist
Gasoline prices keep climbing, and that's not good for the pocketbook or the economy. There are ways to minimize the hit from $4 gas, and these sites explain a lot of them, such as taking the bus. Consumer Reports explains how to maximize fuel economy in your car. Recommendations include keeping to moderate speeds, inflating tires properly, and avoiding idling. Time-honored myths are also busted - you won't save by buying gas in the cool of the morning (except when the price is being raised later in the day!
NEWS
February 4, 2010 | By CHRISTINE OLLEY, olleyc@phillynews.com 215-854-5184
Bill Greco, 54, still has faith in Toyota. Despite the recent major recall of numerous models due to a sticking accelerator, Greco, of Wayne, said at yesterday's Auto Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center that he hopes to be driving a new Toyota Forerunner by March. "Toyota has been so dependable for so many years," Greco said. "I feel bad for the people who have had problems but the fix is so easy. " His wife, Casey Clawson, 48, agreed. She recently purchased a 2007 Toyota hybrid, which was not recalled.
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