July 14, 2014 |
It was a nasty car crash, but not an extraordinary one. Sherri Berg's Jeep Grand Cherokee was hit hard by a car as she pulled onto a highway. The vehicle spun four times and struck a pole, but no one was hurt. What was extraordinary was the epic legal fight that followed, pitting a father-and-son law firm in Chester County against an industry giant, Nationwide Insurance. Nearly 20 years after the accident, that fight climaxed last month with a court ruling that castigated Nationwide and slammed it with $18 million in punitive damages.
June 16, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Sometimes, the car defines the candidate. Three decades ago, it was Sen. Tom Daschle tooling around South Dakota in his beat-up Pontiac Ventura. More recently, Scott Brown drove a sparkling pickup truck to victory in a 2010 Senate race in Massachusetts and, this year, resurrected the truck for a Senate bid in New Hampshire. Now, the Pennsylvania governor's race has a standout vehicle: Tom Wolf's Jeep. The Jeep Wrangler, a 2006 model with 80,000 miles on it, has gone campaign-trail viral.
September 30, 2013 |
When a vehicle is as capable, both on road and off, as the completely new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is, it's easy to let driving dynamics overshadow aesthetics. But in the case of this nicely realized SUV - the first Cherokee since 2001 - the sporty/macho body and intriguing, user-friendly interior refuse to be left lurking in the shadows. The latter was presided over by one Klaus Busse, who is in charge of interior design for all Chrysler brands. Busse, a slim 6-foot-7, was a Mercedes-Benz designer who came to America when Daimler took over Chrysler, and worked on the Grand Cherokee.
July 15, 2013 |
The SUV began its latter-day life as a rugged, truck-based four-wheeler that could take surveyors, farmers, and building contractors to off-road job sites. It was then co-opted by people who wanted to get to the office in the snow, escape the minivan's "soccer mom" image, or just drive what quickly became the vehicle du jour. After it became everyman's ride, the SUV started to become what most people wanted: a more comfortable, carlike trip to the shopping center. More precisely, it became the crossover.
June 20, 2013 |
DETROIT - Chrysler abruptly agreed to recall 2.7 million older model Jeeps on Tuesday, avoiding a possible public relations nightmare over fuel tanks that can rupture and cause fires in rear-end collisions. In deciding on the recall, Chrysler sidestepped a showdown with government safety regulators that could have led to hearings with witnesses providing details of deadly crashes involving Jeeps. The dispute could have landed in court. The company said calls from customers concerned about the safety of their Jeeps played a part in going along with the government's request.
June 6, 2013 |
DETROIT - A defiant Chrysler is refusing to recall about 2.7 million Jeeps the government says are at risk of a fuel tank fire in a rear-end crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent Chrysler a letter asking that the company voluntarily recall Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007. Chrysler Group L.L.C., which is majority-owned by Italy's Fiat SpA, said in a statement Tuesday that the Jeeps are safe and it "does not intend to recall the vehicles.
April 14, 2013 |
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.
March 21, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY - After a week marked by acts of simplicity and openness, Pope Francis finally let his words do the talking as he officially began his stewardship of the Catholic Church on Tuesday. "Please," he implored the tens of thousands, both poor and powerful, gathered outside St. Peter's Basilica. "Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment. " It was a message Pope Francis has hinted at, but now he made it clear, as he urged the economic, political and religious leaders arrayed before him not to allow "omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world.
March 17, 2013 |
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT that will debut in showrooms in mid-April is a full-size SUV that weighs 21/2 tons and is capable of towing 31/2 tons. The idea that such a big beast of burden could acquire Corvette-like qualities might strike you as fodder for an automotive tale from the Brothers Grimm. You know, off-road frog turns into the prince of speed. But, in fact, the fun-loving mad scientists at Jeep have wrought something as Viperish as it is SUVish. "It feels and drives like a sports car, but it happens to be an SUV," says a smiling Dave Cottrell, the SRT's chief engineer.
October 26, 2012 |
A Chester County man who stoked terrorism fears when he crashed his Jeep through a locked fence and onto runways at Philadelphia International Airport in March was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months in federal prison. Kenneth R. Mazik, 25, of Chadds Ford, blamed the March 1 incident on what he said were delusions caused by an addiction to the behavioral drug Adderall. "I was operating in a different space and time," he told U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg. The judge acknowledged that Mazik was possibly in a drug-induced psychosis at the time.