October 25, 2015 |
The original Ford Taurus laid claim to the most seminal body design of its time. After its debut in the 1980s, lots of other cars started to look like jelly beans. When it came time for the car's inevitable redesign, Jack Telnack, then Ford's vice president for design, said his styling team was faced with a daunting situation: How can we redesign and not lose this car's fence-clearing essence? How hard can we tug on the Superdesign's cape? Kia faced a similar problem, when it redesigned its Optima midsize sedan for 2016.
October 19, 2015 |
Lexus was the first automaker to field a luxury crossover SUV when it came out with the midsize RX model 17 years ago. But it was hardly at the front of the line with the NX, its belated entry in the red-hot small-crossover segment. The compact NX was a brand-new vehicle for the 2015 model year and will continue as a carryover for 2016. I had an opportunity earlier to drive the gas-engine-powered NX, the 200t. This time I spent a week with the hybrid version, the 300h. The hybrid gets significantly better mileage than the turbo-encouraged 200t and its sportier variant, the F model.
September 27, 2015 |
Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, trucks began deploying along the region's major highways, clearing them of cars in anticipation of Pope Francis' visit. A fleet of 40 trucks was to head out on the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76): east from Gulph Mills to the Blue Route (I-476), at which point traffic was blocked to I-95, and west from I-95 to U.S. Route 1 North. The trucks were equipped with arrows at their backs to direct any remaining cars on the road to the far-right lane as they slowly sweep along the highway.
September 20, 2015 |
Since I initiated the annual Inquirer Cheap Car Survey in 1986, it has, predictably enough, been a roundup of inexpensive little sedans and hatchbacks. But given our nation's burgeoning love affair with crossovers in general and small ones in particular, I've decided to deviate from the protocol this time and see what I could uncover in the SUV bargain basement. I figured that if I found vehicles that could combine good fuel economy, the utility of a hatchback, and the weather-defying blessings of all-wheel-drive at an affordable price, women would stop me in the street and kiss the hem of my garment.
September 16, 2015 |
THE RELATIONSHIP between former Philly Police Officer Michael Alice and Officer Shannon Montague no doubt had its highs and lows. In early July, Alice, a 12-year veteran most recently assigned to the elite Highway Patrol unit, was charged with simple assault and related offenses, accused of hurting Montague in the South Philly home they shared. He was fired from the police force, a job he loved. Yesterday, Alice's case was held for trial on three of five misdemeanor charges after a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge James DeLeon.
September 15, 2015 |
On her son's 22d birthday, Anne Jones brought "Happy Birthday" balloons and a card to a small grassy sidewalk patch at Kings Highway and Tampa Avenue in Cherry Hill, where a BP gas station is the backdrop. On the utility pole above the curb, she attached a blue poster that read, "Bobby My Precious Son," with Precious underlined three times. "No one could ever forget you!" Jones had written. "I see you everywhere and hear your laughter everywhere. " For nearly three years, at the corner where her son died in a motorcycle accident on Oct. 16, 2012, Jones has maintained a memorial - adding holiday decorations, replacing signs, and cleaning the spot as if it were her son's room at home.
August 17, 2015 |
In the case of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, you have to pay up front if you want to save at the pump - and wear an ecological white hat. The top-of-the-line hybrid I tested, the Limited Platinum AWD, had a base price of $49,990. That's $5,850 more than a comparable gas-engine model. What you get for those extra bucks is a substantial improvement in fuel economy. The conventionally powered counterpart to the tester has EPA mileage ratings of 18 city and 24 highway. The test car is rated at 27 city and 28 highway.
August 7, 2015 |
The most massive planned event in Philadelphia history - Pope Francis' two-day visit in September - demands unprecedented and sweeping measures to control crowds, traffic, and transit, Mayor Nutter announced Wednesday. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge will be closed to vehicles for 21/2 days, along with lengthy sections of the Schuylkill Expressway, the entire Vine Street Expressway, and part of Route 1. I-95 will remain open, contrary to weeks of speculation. Three lanes of the bridge will be open to pedestrians moving between New Jersey and Philadelphia, officials said.
July 23, 2015 |
Americans travelled more highway miles through May than during the first five months of any previous year, the U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday. The department warned that "increased gridlock nationwide can be expected unless changes are made in the near-term" to expand highway capacity or shift travel from roads. The new record of 1.26 trillion miles topped the previous record of 1.23 trillion miles set in May 2007. The new data showed that Americans drove 275.1 billion miles in May, the most ever in May of any year.
June 29, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. They call it the "Beep-Beep Tunnel," and when you come across it as you make your way through Glenolden Park on your walk to MacDade Boulevard, you'll immediately know why. On either side of the one-lane tunnel that takes West Knowles Avenue under the CSX rail bed, motorists must stop and honk their horns to determine that no cars are starting in...