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.
February 6, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - The morning after, someone asked Joe Flacco whether he'd been shocked to be named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLVII. Flacco might be the most unpretentious MVP ever, but at this suggestion, he arched an eyebrow. "I don't know if I was shocked," said the Baltimore Ravens quarterback, who completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 124.2 passer rating - a higher rating than ever achieved in a Super Bowl by Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Eli or Peyton Manning, Brett Favre or Terry Bradshaw.
January 4, 2013 |
Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells BBC music program host Gilles Peterson . "The doctor said, 'You have signs of Alzheimer's,' " Womack, 68, says. "He said it's not bad yet but it's going to get worse. " He adds, "How can I not remember songs that I wrote? That's frustrating. " Womack last summer made a big comeback with the critically acclaimed The Bravest Man in the Universe , his first studio album in nearly 20 years.
November 22, 2012 |
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga has become a market darling for something he failed to do: build a factory in China. The maker of Subaru cars, the only major Japanese auto brand without a plant in the world's largest vehicle market, has jumped 81 percent in Tokyo trading this year for the biggest gain on the Nikkei 225 stock average. Fuji Heavy's smaller presence in China has helped shield it from a consumer backlash triggered by a territorial dispute between Asia's two largest economies as its sales in the United States and Japan have surged.
October 24, 2012 |
YOU NEED a car, and more specifically, a sports car. You just watched "Homeland" and that spiffy Camaro that Mike the Marine drives looks like a winner. You need a car and you want a Camaro. You drive to your buddy's dealership and he has two Camaros on his lot. The first is a right-off-the-factory line ZL1 with a supercharged engine and an odometer filled with zeroes. He's asking $60,000. The second Camaro is a silver 1969 with a body that was restored several years ago. It has a lot of miles on it, but the engine purrs with a sound sweeter than any car you've ever heard.
August 13, 2012 |
Is it possible to live your life as an automotive Jekyll-and-Hyde? Can you pull up to the soccer field in a sedate station wagon, disgorge a mob of howling little David Beckhams, then slip off to a winding country road and do a convincing imitation of a Corvette ZR-1 in mid-scream? It is possible if you can dollar up for a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG High Performance Wagon (base price $91,500) or a Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon ($63,215). These Benz and Caddy wagons have to be the ultimate wolves in sheep's clothing.
July 6, 2012
Sergio Pininfarina, 85, whose design firm created the rakish and elegant auto bodies of some of the most popular, and fastest, cars ever made by Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and Fiat, died Tuesday at his home in Turin, Italy. In 1961, Mr. Pininfarina took the reins of the family company from his father, Battista, who founded it under the name Carrozzeria Pinin Farina in 1930 and then rebuilt it virtually from scratch after Allied bombers destroyed its plant along with the rest of Italy's industrial base in World War II. The younger Pininfarina, who brought a flair for marketing as well as design to the family business, scored his first successes in collaboration with Ferrari, the race-car maker known for its lucrative business in rich men's toys.
June 25, 2012 |
If a car is available with either a four- or a six-cylinder engine, the six usually costs more, right? For example, the Toyota Camry four-banger starts at $22,055, while the V-6 model opens at $26,910. But in the case of the 2012 Ford Edge, the traditional bigger engine/bigger price tag syndrome has been reversed. A 3.5-liter, 285-horsepower V-6 is the standard motivation in this midsize crossover. If you want the new 2-liter, 240-horse four-cylinder mill, that's a $995 option.
June 7, 2012 |
GO AHEAD. Play the art. The University City District's new project, Heart & Soul, employed eight local artists to gussy-up pianos that will be placed around University City from Thursday-June 17. The project kicks off Wednesday with a party at The Porch at 30th Street Station, where pro key ticklers will try out the pianos before they get put on the streets. Although Philadelphia is no stranger to public art projects, both permanent and temporary, it's rare that they have a participatory element (aside from posing beside it and mugging for a photo, of course)
May 15, 2012 |
Three years ago, Inquirer reporter Michael Vitez wrote about Matt Miller, an aspiring young triathlete who survived a cycling crash that, but for an extraordinary stroke of luck, would have killed him. The stories drew an overwhelming response from readers. Vitez gives a full account of Matt's accident and his struggle to recover in a newly published book, "The Road Back: A Journey of Grace and Grit. " The following excerpt comes from the opening chapter. Mark Harris didn't know what caused the cyclist to spill over the double yellow line and fall into the path of the oncoming blue Porsche, but he saw it happen.