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September 13, 1991 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
The first-generation Acura Legend coupe was a very different automobile from the sedan. Thanks largely to its higher-performance suspension and tires, and the superior handling they engendered, the two-door was much more of a driver's car than the four-door. That same coupe/sedan differentiation has been preserved in the new Legend. The new coupe retains its superior athleticism. What's changed this time is that it is markedly better-looking than the sedan. Consequently, the decision on which to buy boils down to what you value more: Additional doors and rear-seat legroom or the yearbook captions that read "most personality" and "best-looking.
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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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May 29, 1988 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
So you're looking for a nice family sedan. You want something that's reliable, roomy and even a little fun, but you don't want a payment book that's thicker than the heels on Sly Stallone's elevator shoes. Well, maybe we can help with a selected list of high-value four-doors in the $7,000-to-$12,000 range. The cars suggested here hardly constitute an exhaustive compilation of the good family automobiles available within these price parameters. But they do represent a manageable shopping list of solid values.
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December 23, 1998 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
Oct. 23, 1998 Except for a little marching in place during the strike against General Motors this year,the Oldsmobile product renaissance has continued unabated. Oldsmobile's efforts to emigrate from Moribundia began with the Aurora, a solid and handsome large luxury sedan. That all-new car was followed in rapid order by several fresher vehicles, including the Intrigue, a delightfully refined, midsize sedan with European manners, the sophisticated Bravada sport-utility vehicle, and the upscale Silhouette minivan.
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September 5, 2016 | By Al Haas, Staff Writer
Before it hurries into history, let's take a look at the outgoing automotive class of 2016. More precisely, let's check out the redesigned 2016 models I found most memorable. This is of interest because these cars are still the subjects of clearance sales, and because their fresh redesign means they will almost certainly remain virtually the same for the next several years. The following cars made my short list for a mixture of reasons including performance, styling, and innovation: Cadillac CT6 . This large sedan is the most luxurious Cadillac I've been in. The materials and workmanship are top drawer, and the hedonism ranges from backseats that recline and massage to a mind-blowing 34-speaker sound system.
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October 19, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man sought on a pair of warrants was shot by U.S. marshals Thursday in the parking lot of a restaurant along the Delaware River, authorities said. Eugene Dykes Jr. was wanted in connection with a stabbing in South Philadelphia and a violation of his parole on an aggravated-assault conviction, said Tom Smith, assistant chief of the U.S. Marshals Service in Philadelphia. Marshals and state parole officers on a fugitive task force had received a tip that Dykes would drop off his girlfriend for work at the Chart House restaurant on Columbus Boulevard, Smith said.
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October 16, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
PAUL DiMAIO screamed and screamed into his phone. Maybe it was for a few minutes, maybe more. Time had lost all meaning. His panicked cries came out small and tinny on his wife's cellphone, lost among the unnerving sounds of a highway on Monday afternoon - the whooshing of passing motorists, and the wail of an approaching ambulance. Moments earlier, Lisa Taylor DiMaio had been chatting with her husband about their family. The conversation came to a sudden halt just before 4 p.m. when a black sedan cut in front of her Jeep Liberty on a southbound lane of I-95, not far from State Road.
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March 23, 2012 | Staff Report
A car rammed into an ambulance on an emergency call at an intersection just blocks north of City Hall this morning, flipping the Fire Department vehicle on its side and injuring two medics. The crash also closed North Broad Street between Spring Garden and Vine Streets during the morning rush hour. Batallion Chief Eric Fleming said the injuries to the medics were not life threatening. The ambulance, Medic Unit 50, was northbound on Broad Street with its lights and sirens on when it was hit by a silver Chrysler sedan that was westbound on Callowhill Street about 7 a.m. The ambulance flipped onto the driver's side of the vehicle and the sedan, its front end smashed in, ended up facing toward the northeast corner of Broad and Callowhill.
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March 1, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Surveillance video has provided police with an image of the getaway car used in the January slaying of Joseph Canazaro, 48, a businessman with a troubled financial past who was killed in his Hilltown home by two armed robbers. At a news conference, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler presented video from a business overlooking the Quakertown Plaza Shopping Center showing what authorities believe to be a red, four-door Nissan sedan pulling up next to the Lincoln pickup truck that the killers stole from Canazaro's home.
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February 28, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Surveillance video has provided police with an image of the getaway car used in the January slaying of Joseph Canazaro, 48, a businessman with a troubled financial past who was killed in his Hilltown home by two armed robbers. At a news conference, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler presented video from a business overlooking the Quakertown Plaza Shopping Center showing what authorities believe to be a red, four-door Nissan sedan pulling up next to the Lincoln pickup truck that the killers stole from Canazaro's home.
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September 5, 2016 | By Al Haas, Staff Writer
Before it hurries into history, let's take a look at the outgoing automotive class of 2016. More precisely, let's check out the redesigned 2016 models I found most memorable. This is of interest because these cars are still the subjects of clearance sales, and because their fresh redesign means they will almost certainly remain virtually the same for the next several years. The following cars made my short list for a mixture of reasons including performance, styling, and innovation: Cadillac CT6 . This large sedan is the most luxurious Cadillac I've been in. The materials and workmanship are top drawer, and the hedonism ranges from backseats that recline and massage to a mind-blowing 34-speaker sound system.
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August 8, 2016 | By Scott Sturgis, Staff Writer
2016 BMW 340i XDrive Sedan: More fun in the family sedan? Price: $59,920 as tested ($47,800 base price for a base xDrive, and $33,800 for a base 320). Rearview camera and park distance control added $950, while blind spot detection, active driving assistant, and side- and top-view cameras cost an additional $1,700. Active cruise control added $1,200. More options mentioned throughout. Marketer's pitch: "The icon lives on. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds says the 3 Series "balances sharp handling with a ride quality that won't beat you up; engine choices that offer power, smoothness and fuel efficiency; upscale, spacious interior with logical and easy-to-use controls" but that the "automatic stop-start system is intrusive; limited feature availability on base 320i.
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June 20, 2016 | By Al Haas, Staff Writer
Actually you don't have to hack into Bill Gates' bank account to afford a copy of the pleasantly agile Lexus GS. The GS 200t, a turbocharged, 2-liter rendition of Lexus' midsize sedan, can be had for a relatively reasonable $45,615. But if you want Lexus' ultimate sports sedan, and if you happen to have $84,440 in the wall safe behind the Matisse in the living room of your Main Line palazzo, you can join the projected 2,000 who will take delivery of the stirring 2016 GS F. This sedan follows the RS F coupé into the marketplace and is intended to joust with the ABCs - the Audi RS 7, the BMW M5, and the Cadillac CTS-V.
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May 30, 2016 | By Scott Sturgis, Staff Writer
2016 Chevrolet Malibu 2LZ: An American classic sedan gets an update. Price: A base price of $22,500, much ballyhooed in TV ads I've seen, shows GM is still aiming for the value market. The test model, however, was $34,285, with $2,490 going to two options packages emphasizing safety features. The base for the 2LZ is $30,920. Marketer's pitch: "The car you never expected. " Conventional wisdom: Oddly enough, Chevrolet also is carrying over the old 2015 Malibu design as the 2016 Malibu Limited.
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March 7, 2016
2016 Honda Civic 1.5 T Sens vs. 2016 Mazda3 4-door Grand Touring: Little four-door faceoff. This week: 2016 Mazda3 four-door. Price: $30,135 as tested. A $2,800 GT Technology Package offered regenerative braking, radar cruise control, forward obstruction warning, and more. Mobile start and red paint added $1,000. A base Grand Touring can be had starting at $25,795. A base 3 can be had for $17,845, $600 lower than the 2015 price. Marketer's pitch: "It's like hitting every green light, every time you drive it. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "precise handling; very good fuel economy; quick acceleration; top crash-test scores; refined interior with intuitive controls; available hatchback body style; many advanced features are available" but not the "above-average wind noise; ride quality can be choppy with the optional 18-inch wheels.
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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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October 25, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
The 2016 Mazda6 i Touring: Fun in the family sedan. Price: $25,265 as tested ($300 for red paint; $75 for floor mats; $125 for door-sill trim plates). Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com likes the "smooth and responsive powertrain; quick acceleration; excellent fuel economy; sporty handling; well-built interior with top-quality materials; stylish looks" but not that the "ride quality may be too firm for some; no engine upgrade available. " Marketer's pitch: "The cure for the common drive.
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October 25, 2015 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
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.
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May 7, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IT WAS LATE SATURDAY, about 9 p.m., when James Hall double-parked in front of his home in West Philly. He had just gotten back from a shopping trip with his two daughters, his fiancee, Lakisha Robinson, and Robinson's daughter, Aniyah Curry. The group was getting ready to go back out, Robinson said yesterday, so Hall left the car's hazard lights on as he ran inside to grab something. He'd only be gone for a few minutes, he told the others. But in that short span, the family was nearly torn apart by a careless punk in a black sedan.
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February 16, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited: Another humdrum midsize sedan? Price: $30,580 as tested ($26,495 for a base Limited, and $21,695 for the most basic model). Conventional wisdom: Good for February, but not a lot of fun. Marketer's pitch: "Dog tested. Dog approved. " (Approved by Mr. Driver's Seat's three dogs, as well.) Reality: More fun than it first appears - and still practical. Sedan delivery: I've always liked Subaru's roomy Forester crossover and the cute, versatile Impreza hatchback.
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