January 31, 2016 |
When the 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show opens its doors at 9 a.m. Saturday, the Pennsylvania Convention Center will roar to life with 700,000 square feet of horsepower, all polished to a shine. It's a nine-day event to connect buyer and seller in a relaxed atmosphere, said David Kelleher, Auto Show chairman. "It's the one opportunity you get every 12 months to go in and immerse yourself and enjoy it," said Kelleher, who also is president of David Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Here are the highlights that auto manufacturers and Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia wanted to show off from Friday's media preview: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica: This new model aims to take the minivan upscale.
November 2, 2015 |
The Mercedes-AMG C63 S is a little too Teutonic to be called a French delicacy. And yet, its 503 horsepower does permit you to say: Look at that S car go! (I'm shameless, I know. Can you ever forgive me?) Introduced this spring, the redesigned 2015 C63 is the handiwork of the German automaker's AMG tuner shop, which squeezes a lot more performance out of mainstream Mercedes-Benz models - in this case, the C-Class sedan. The C63, offered as the sedan I drove and as a coupe, comes with two engines and as many prices.
August 10, 2015 |
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI vs. 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium vs. 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring: Cargo competition. This week: We're finally getting out on the road. Whee! Power: The SportWagen comes with choice of 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline engine making 170 horsepower or a 150-horsepower TDI engine in the vehicle I tested. I found the SportWagen to offer even more power than the TDI in the Golf I recently tested, but this must be an illusion. The Subaru's 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder produces 175 horsepower.
June 29, 2015 |
2015 Ford Mustang I4 Coupe Premium: Four-banger 'Stang for the slow lane? Price: $35,665 as tested. ($29,170 base price for the four-cylinder; options not noted below include adaptive cruise control for $1,195 and voice-activated navigation for $795.) Marketer's pitch: "Awesome performance and eye-catching style. " Conventional wisdom: A four-cylinder Mustang? Is this the Mustang II all over again? Reality: Pony express. A horse of a different color: A Ford rep contacted me out of the blue and wondered if I'd like to try the 2.3-liter Mustang.
February 24, 2013 |
The Malibu began life in 1964 as the Chevelle Malibu. The Beach Boys were in flower and this was your father's kind of Chevrolet. It was among a number of '60s machines worshipped at the altar of muscularity. The 1968 Chevy Chevelle Malibu convertible, for example, was available with a 427 cubic-inch V-8 that developed 435 horsepower. Button that engine to a four-on-the-floor manual gearbox and you could engender enough standing start tire smoke to shut down three miles of I-95. (And if your dad ever owned that 427 ragtop, I bet he wishes he still had it. NADA Guides says that car, in nice condition and equipped with options like the Rally Sport Package and the L89 aluminum heads, has a retail value of $63,000.)
April 22, 2012 |
You're in the market for a second car. You already have a roomy passenger toter for major troop movements, so you don't need an expansive sedan, wagon, or crossover. Something that would carry a couple and their weekend needs would do. Oh, and another thing or two: It shouldn't break the bank and it shouldn't have an unseemly thirst. Well, have I got a second-car solution for you. These babies are easy on the wallet, easy on the eyes, and so much more fun than you'd ever thought you'd have for under $20,000.
February 17, 2012 |
As the public-address announcer informed a packed Spring-Ford gym of the home team's starting lineup Wednesday night, assistant coach Randy Doaty, seated at the scorer's table near the Spring-Ford bench, selected the button corresponding to each girl on his computer screen. The icons for Brittany M., Courtney H., Sammy S., Mariah T., and Sarah P. turned red, the only color on an otherwise gray template. Beside the girls' names were 14 rectangular icons with labels such as Smart Pass, Tip/Deflection, Trap Assist, and Special 1 pt. "Tonight's Special 1 is outstanding box-out," Doaty told spotter Lauryn Hart and software engineer David Bressler, seated next to him. "In this game, we're really pushing rebounding.
February 16, 2012 |
As the public-address announcer informed a packed Spring-Ford gym of the home team's starting lineup Wednesday night, assistant coach Randy Doaty, seated at the scorer's table near the Spring-Ford bench, selected the button corresponding to each girl on his computer screen. The icons for Brittany M., Courtney H., Sammy S., Mariah T., and Sarah P. turned red, the only color on an otherwise gray template. Beside the girls' names were 14 rectangular icons with labels such as Smart Pass, Tip/Deflection, Trap Assist, and Special 1 pt. "Tonight's Special 1 is outstanding boxout," Doaty told spotter Lauryn Hart and software engineer David Bressler seated next to him. "In this game, we're really pushing rebounding.
November 29, 2007 |
SIXTY IS the new forty, or so they say. If it isn't, you can't fault Baby Boomers, the American generation born between 1945 and 1965; they're pulling out all the stops to preserve their youth. They're working out, getting lipo'ed and Botoxed, and gazing into each other's eyes waiting for the Viagra to kick in. It figures they want a car that has at least as much youthful pizzazz as they do. This once meant a Ford Mustang, a Pontiac GTO, a Dodge Daytona, Plymouth Road Runner, Trans Am, or a Chevrolet Camaro Z28; with their hood bulges and air scoops and eye-catching decals, they were hard to miss.
November 27, 2006 |
The Eagles didn't really miss Donovan McNabb last night. There's nothing the quarterback could have done to fix a defense that would reveal irreparable cracks if inserted into the same MRI machine that informed the Eagles of McNabb's season-ending knee injury. Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts served as an X-ray machine of sorts for the Eagles' defense. They operated as if they were going against their own scout team during a 45-21 rout at the RCA Dome. "This loss falls on us," safety Brian Dawkins said, referring to the defense.