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April 3, 1986 | By Walter F. Roche Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Gov. Thornburgh has a new official vehicle, a 1986 Lincoln Town Car, being leased from Ford Motor Co. at a discount rate under a special program for public officials. Michael Moyle, a spokesman for Thornburgh, said yesterday that the car was being leased by the state for one year at the rate of $295.73 per month. That rate is less than half the price charged to the general public for the same car. Area auto dealers said the monthly fee for a similar lease would range from $650 to $675.
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September 20, 2007 | By JACK SMITH For the Daily News
THERE SHE IS, gleaming under the showroom's bright lights, the car of our dreams. We move closer and slide in behind the wheel, run our fingers over the glittering instruments and the fancy wood trim and inhale that most seductive of all aromas, Eau de New Car. Finally, we step out to ask one simple question, and that's when things turn surreal. "Say, this coupe is a real beauty. How much do you want for her?" "Well, that depends. How much would you like to give us as a downpayment?"
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November 17, 1994 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If you've ever been the victim of car theft and lost money in settling up with your insurance company, listen up. Dan Connor, president of the Heritage Management Co., of Southampton, is introducing a new anti-theft program to this area, the upshot of which assures car-theft victims whose new cars are unrecovered or deemed a total loss when found, that the cars will be replaced with no out-of-pocket expense to them. If someone enrolled in A.P. Vice Script, as the program is known, in 1994 with a five-year contract on a new 1994 car, and the car is stolen in 1998, A.P. Vice Script puts the person in a new 1998 model of the vehicle, paying the difference between the insurance settlement and the new car cost.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2012 | By Mitchell Hecht, For The Inquirer
Question: While I love the "new car scent" of my new SUV, I can't help but think that it's not good for me to breathe in those chemical fumes. How dangerous is it? Answer: The new car smell that many of us love is nothing but glue and plastic fumes given off from a freshly manufactured car. Despite the alluring scent, chemical fumes like those aren't healthy to breathe in. A 2001 Australian study found the following chemicals released from a new car's interior: benzene, cyclohexanone, and styrene.
NEWS
January 18, 2016 | By Brad Bergholdt, TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
Question: My new car does not have a spare tire. This really concerns me. Why in the world would they build a car like this? What can I do to be sure I don't have a problem with this in the future? Answer: About one-third of new cars are no longer equipped with spare tires. It's an unpopular compromise to save weight for improved fuel economy and to free up trunk space. Spare-less cars may be equipped with either run-flat tires or inflation kits consisting of containers of sealer and small compressors.
NEWS
April 19, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
A common driving nightmare is getting a flat tire, especially on a busy highway or remote byway. Used to be that almost every vehicle carried its own fix: a full-size spare or a smaller so-called "doughnut. " No more. About one of every eight new vehicles sold in the first half of last year had no spare of any kind, according to AAA Midatlantic. Although more than a handful of models - including Chevrolet Corvettes, Toyota Siennas, Dodge Vipers and Porsche Boxsters, according to one list - dropped spares at least five years ago, the trend has been growing Instead of spares, cars come with a can of sealant and an air-compressor, or rely on so-called "run-flat" tires.
SPORTS
June 2, 2007 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Columnist
DOVER, Del. - In the late 1930s, when they first started racing stock cars in Daytona Beach, Fla., a guy named Marion McDonald decided it was better to be safe than sorry. So Mad Marion, as he was called, tied himself into the driver's seat with a piece of rope and taped a knife to the dashboard in case he needed to make an emergency exit. All these years later, folks still are trying to make race cars safer. The latest attempt will hit the concrete tomorrow at Dover International Speedway as the Monster Mile hosts the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the Autism Speaks 400. The race will mark the sixth time this season that competitors will drive what has become known as the Car of Tomorrow.
NEWS
February 8, 2016 | By Hannah Elliott, BLOOMBERG
After checking out everything luxury at the Detroit Auto Show last week, I spent some time at General Motors' Heritage Center. The complex is about 30 miles from downtown Detroit and houses 15,000 linear feet of old paper archives. Plus, the multiple warehouses there hold more than 400 cars made at one time or another over GM's 100-year history. Seeing all that early technology in one place, I was struck by how much of it is not too different from what we expect in cars today.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2009 | By Jeff Gelles INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Chrysler is now part of Fiat. General Motors, steering a different route through bankruptcy, will soon be largely owned by taxpayers. Nearly in the blink of an eye, two of Detroit's famed Big Three have joined the short list of America's largest corporate failures, alongside WorldCom, Enron and Lehman Brothers. What's a prospective car buyer to do - other than, like the rest of us, take a deep breath and mutter about fate or the grace of God? Actually, that deep breath is a good idea.
NEWS
September 18, 2016 | By Al Haas, Staff Writer
As we stroll down the automotive midway, we encounter a particularly enticing tent. We are drawn inside by the magnetism of curiosity. After all, who could resist experiencing The Incredible Shrinking GMC Acadia? For years, the Acadia has been part of a triumvirate of General Motors full-size crossover SUVs built on the trusty Lambda platform. The others, the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave, will remain as full-sizers. But while the Acadia will continue to be offered in its full-size, eight-passenger form until early next year, there is also a brand-new, midsize version for 2017 that is a whopping 740 pounds lighter, more economical, more agile, and more refined.
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September 18, 2016 | By Al Haas, Staff Writer
As we stroll down the automotive midway, we encounter a particularly enticing tent. We are drawn inside by the magnetism of curiosity. After all, who could resist experiencing The Incredible Shrinking GMC Acadia? For years, the Acadia has been part of a triumvirate of General Motors full-size crossover SUVs built on the trusty Lambda platform. The others, the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave, will remain as full-sizers. But while the Acadia will continue to be offered in its full-size, eight-passenger form until early next year, there is also a brand-new, midsize version for 2017 that is a whopping 740 pounds lighter, more economical, more agile, and more refined.
NEWS
July 17, 2016 | By Al Haas, Staff Writer
Thanks to an extensive, midcycle refresh that veers very close to a full-fledged redesign, the 2016 edition of the Altima, Nissan's popular midsize sedan, has greatly increased its sportiosity quotient. In addition to furnishing sportier styling and more athletic steering and suspension systems across the Altima lineup, Nissan has introduced a new SR model that raises the performance ante even more. You may be wondering, by this time, why Nissan expended all those design dinars to sporterize a family sedan typically tasked with trips to the shopping center and the kids' soccer games.
NEWS
July 9, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Edward W. Duchneskie, 88, who served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II and later worked as manager of mechanical facilities at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, died Monday, July 4, at Virtua Marlton Hospital of kidney failure. Mr. Duchneskie, who lived in Cherry Hill, was born in Camden and worked at an early age to help his family, said his son, John, an assistant managing editor for the Inquirer. Mr. Duchneskie was a teenager when he joined the Merchant Marine during World War II. "He lied about his age to get into the war," his son said.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
In the car dealership business, the long Memorial Day weekend is golden - manufacturers' incentives draw shoppers and lead to big sales. Yet Melinda "Mindy" Holman, 55, chairman of the region's largest dealership group, Holman Automotive Group Inc., has never purchased a car. That's how it is for the third-generation leader of a family business that began in 1924. Holman has always driven demos - trying out a new car every few weeks. "I have thought about it," she said. "It would be a smart experiment to understand what our customers go through.
NEWS
April 4, 2016 | By Scott Sturgis, Staff Writer
For the average consumer, buying a new car can be as pleasurable as a root canal. Everyone wants a great deal, and buyers tend to feel as if they're about to pay a lot more than they should. Savvy customers have long sought the invoice price - the price dealers pay the manufacturer for the car - so they have a good point to start negotiating. And with the Internet and smartphones, finding that invoice price - and getting a good deal - has never been easier. Invoice price First a lesson, and a little history.
NEWS
February 8, 2016 | By Hannah Elliott, BLOOMBERG
After checking out everything luxury at the Detroit Auto Show last week, I spent some time at General Motors' Heritage Center. The complex is about 30 miles from downtown Detroit and houses 15,000 linear feet of old paper archives. Plus, the multiple warehouses there hold more than 400 cars made at one time or another over GM's 100-year history. Seeing all that early technology in one place, I was struck by how much of it is not too different from what we expect in cars today.
NEWS
January 18, 2016 | By Brad Bergholdt, TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
Question: My new car does not have a spare tire. This really concerns me. Why in the world would they build a car like this? What can I do to be sure I don't have a problem with this in the future? Answer: About one-third of new cars are no longer equipped with spare tires. It's an unpopular compromise to save weight for improved fuel economy and to free up trunk space. Spare-less cars may be equipped with either run-flat tires or inflation kits consisting of containers of sealer and small compressors.
NEWS
December 28, 2015 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
The redesigned 2016 Jaguar XF is a gorgeous sedan with driving dynamics to match its aesthetics. It's a car that feels right, whether you're cruising down I-95 at a legal pace or taking a corner at the speed of fun. Mike Bradley, the XF's launch manager, says the car offers "a sports-car driving experience with sedan practicality. " That's a fair statement, particularly in the case of the S model I tested, which is the sportiest XF of them all. This new rendition of Jaguar's midsize luxury sedan, which battles with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E Class and BMW 5 Series, is a deliberately evolutionary styling exercise.
NEWS
November 29, 2015 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
Toyota's Scion brand is aimed at young, frequently first-time buyers, and its newest offering should appeal to that clientele. While it may not act quite as sporty as it looks, the brand-new Scion iM is one heck of a value. I mean, who would expect standard equipment like alloy wheels, a rear camera, heated power mirrors with LED turn-signal indicators, a leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel, voice-recognition technology, dual-zone climate control, and a rear-window defogger for a base price of $18,460.
NEWS
November 23, 2015 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
What do you get when you wave a wand at a 2-ton luxury sedan and turn it into one of the fastest production cars on the planet? The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V. The CTS-V is Cadillac's relatively mild-mannered CTS midsize sedan on enough anabolic steroids to turn Dickens' Tiny Tim into the Hulk. Can we talk scary fast? The CTS-V vaults from zero to 60 m.p.h. in an extraterrestrial 3.7 seconds, and tops out at 200 m.p.h. Those are the numbers you get when you stuff a supercharged Corvette V-8 into a sedan normally preoccupied with comfort and hedonism and converted into the ultimate sleeper in the process.
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