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January 18, 2000
Thanks to a University of Texas professor, America now has proof of what every driver of a lowly sedan has sensed: sport-utility vehicles, pickup trucks and minivans are clogging up traffic. It's simple math - a larger vehicle that accelerates more slowly takes longer to get through an intersection than a smaller, more nimble car. So reports Kara Kockelman, an assistant professor of civil engineering. She adds that drivers of cars tend to hang back behind those "light trucks" because we can't see around them.
NEWS
December 8, 2000 | by Eric Peters
You wouldn't take a sports car off-roading - or expect it to plow through a snowstorm. Low ground clearance and high-performance tires with stiff sidewalls are not the ticket for slogging through mud or negotiating unpaved, rock-strewn roads. It's generally understood that these specialty vehicles are designed to corner and accelerate better than average cars on dry, paved roads - but the price you pay for this superior capability in the "sporty" department is offset by a built-in disadvantage when the pavement ends or the weather turns foul.
NEWS
August 1, 2001
TO THOSE protesting my bumper sticker campaign against full-size SUVs: A midsized car engine produces 19.5 pounds of CO2 for each gallon of gasoline. A full-sized SUV produces twice that much. Since 1990, SUVs and light trucks have wasted an extra 70 billion gallons of gasoline. If my midsized car gets into an accident with your SUV, your children will probably survive and mine won't, yet SUVs have higher death rates than cars in single-vehicle crashes, not even counting the roll-over problem.
NEWS
March 4, 2003 | MARK ALAN HUGHES
THE LOCAL papers have gloated over recent wins in several public debates that newspapers remain uniquely suited to lead. Let's examine two - the Chestnut Street reopening and the SUV wars - whose ultimate lessons are yet to come. Mayor Street has decided to re-open the block of Chestnut Street in front of Independence Hall, trumping his earlier decision to accommodate the (continuing) security concerns of the National Park Service. His decision illustrates that all politics is local; the mayor responded to vocal local interests over abstract global concerns.
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July 17, 2008 | By JACK SMITH For the Daily News
IN THE SAFARI camps of Botswana, the first thing they tell you is to stay on the wooden walkways that wind their way through the jungle some five and six feet off the ground. As long as you do, they say, the lions and leopards with whom you share the leafy forest will leave you alone. It is a different story in Uganda, where it takes more than an elevated sidewalk to discourage the big cats. In fact, the country is home to a breed of carnivores known as "tree-climbing" lions for reasons that became evident as we motored out of Uganda's Kibale National Park.
NEWS
June 25, 1998 | by Scott Heimer, Daily News Staff Writer
Do we believe that a crash involving a sport-utility vehicle and a car would be devastating for the car? Definitely. Do we also lay the responsibility for fixing the inequity square in the laps of the Big Three domestic automakers in Detroit? You got it. Those are the results of a new national poll released recently by the Independent Insurance Agents of America which, along with other special interest groups, have been leaning on automakers to make safety design changes to their SUVs.
NEWS
March 4, 2003
KUDOS TO Don Russell and the investigative staff at the Daily News on their important revelation of Philadelphia's oversized and wasteful SUV and Hummer fleet. When a private citizen elects to purchase one of these unnecessary, dangerous and environmentally harmful vehicles, it is that person's choice. When taxpayer dollars are used, it's an act of fraud, waste and abuse. And the leadership of the Philadelphia Gas Works should be fired for their low number of SUVs. This agency is threatening to tarnish city government's image as a corrupt body unconcerned with taxpayer and citizen needs.
NEWS
November 30, 2000
When the driver sitting 'way up there in that sport utility vehicle isn't riding your bumper in traffic, or crowding your space in the parking lot, he's taking forever to fill up at the pump. And now you say he's getting a break on auto insurance? Arrrgh. Jimmy Carter got it right. . . . Or so it would seem from the latest move by the nation's largest auto insurer. Illinois-based State Farm Insurance Co. will offer slightly lower rates for cars and trucks with the best safety records - including some of those bruiser SUVs.
NEWS
January 15, 2003 | By Cathy Young
It was only a matter of time: A new television ad campaign suggests that if you drive a sport utility vehicle, you are helping terrorism by putting money in the pockets of oil-producing, terrorism-sponsoring countries like Saudi Arabia and Iraq. One of the commercials cuts from a man at a gas station to a map of the Middle East to video footage of a terrorist training camp, while a little girl's voice says, "These are the terrorists who get money from those countries every time George fills up his SUV. " The commercials, which started Sunday, are already causing controversy.
NEWS
October 12, 2012 | By Tom Krisher and Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press
DETROIT - The largest recall in Toyota's 75-year history is threatening to undermine the carmaker's comeback from natural disasters and embarrassing safety problems. The company on Wednesday recalled 7.43 million cars, trucks, and SUVs worldwide to fix faulty power window switches that can cause fires. The recall affects more than a dozen models produced from 2005 through 2010 around the world including the Camry, the top-selling car in the United States. It's bigger than the seven million vehicles recalled two years ago for floor mats that can trap accelerator pedals and cause unintended acceleration.
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July 26, 2016
Bus crash hurts 2 pedestrians, 26 riders Police are investigating a crash that occurred in Yeadon, Delaware County, at around 6:20 p.m. Sunday. Andrew Busch, a SEPTA spokesman, said a Route 113 bus was traveling south on Lansdowne Avenue when a Jeep Liberty turned left off of Providence Road and collided with the bus. Two adults near the site of the collision were hit by the bus and were in critical condition at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Busch said. There were 26 SEPTA passengers on board, all of whom sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
NEWS
May 31, 2016
  A 39-year-old man was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds in a sport-utility vehicle early Sunday morning in Southwest Philadelphia, police said. The unidentified victim was found at about 5:12 a.m. in the front passenger seat of a Chevrolet Uplander by officers responding to a report of a shooting at 52nd Street and Woodland Avenue, according to a police statement. A medical team pronounced the victim dead, police said. A homicide investigation is underway. Police earlier reported the shooting death happened early Saturday.
NEWS
May 27, 2016
An SUV rear-ended a school bus resulting in one injury Wednesday afternoon in Delaware County, authorities said. The accident occurred just after 3:50 p.m. on North State Road at Golfview Road near the Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield Township, authorities said. The driver of the SUV was injured but no further information was available. There were no reported injuries on the bus. - Robert Moran
NEWS
May 23, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A man was taken into custody Friday following a two-hour standoff with police in North Philadelphia after he allegedly stole an SUV, fled from the authorities, and pointed what looked like a real gun at an officer, police said Saturday. The 48-year-old man, whose name was not released, was spotted by patrol officers in North Philadelphia around 6 p.m. Friday driving a stolen 2013 Ford Escape, police said. The officers, in police vehicles, stopped the driver at 16th Street and Allegheny Avenue, police said, and the man then got out of the SUV and pushed an officer aside, almost knocking her to the ground.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia Police Department surveillance vehicle bearing a Google Maps logo seen in Center City on Wednesday was not authorized to use the logo, officials said Friday. "We have been informed that this unmarked vehicle belongs to the Police Department," police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said in an email. "Once this was brought to our attention, it was ordered that the decals be removed immediately. " The officers who used the logo were "trying to be creative," he added. News of the "Google" surveillance vehicle broke Wednesday morning, when a University of Pennsylvania assistant professor, Matt Blaze, noticed the white SUV on 13th Street near Arch and tweeted about it. He mistakenly called it a Pennsylvania State Police vehicle, but the online magazine Motherboard soon set the record straight.
NEWS
May 14, 2016
Two SEPTA passengers were injured Thursday afternoon after a trolley and SUV crashed in the Ludlow section of Philadelphia, officials said. SEPTA spokeswoman Kristin Geiger said the crash, which occurred at Ninth Street and Girard Avenue, involved a Route 15 trolley. The extent of the passengers' injuries was unknown. Geiger said she wasn't sure if any more passengers were riding the trolley at the time of the crash. The SUV driver's condition was also unknown. SEPTA is running shuttle buses between 15th Street and the Delaware Loop until the trolley route can be cleared.
NEWS
May 1, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
What began as a neighborhood feud concluded Friday with two broken lives - one woman maimed, and the other going to prison for seven to 15 years. Even Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Diana L. Anhalt said the word tragedy did not do justice to what has happened since Precious Coleman drove her SUV into Beatrice "Dee Dee" Spence on the afternoon of April 17, 2015. "I want people to know that if you fight like this, this is what could happen," Anhalt told the families of Spence and Coleman.
NEWS
April 18, 2016 | By Al Haas, Staff Writer
For Subaru, what couldn't be helped has turned into a rendezvous with history - and a gift that keeps on giving. Back in the '90's, when truck-based SUVs had become all the rage, Subaru wanted to get into this lucrative act. But alas, while the little Japanese automaker had the yen to field an SUV, its R&D piggy bank didn't contain enough yen to develop one. The solution was brilliant. The designers took an existing all-wheel-drive Subaru Legacy station wagon, jacked it up a bit, and adorned it with macho SUV styling cues, notably hefty bumpers.
NEWS
April 16, 2016 | Staff Report
Police have found the SUV that was involved in a deadly hit-and-run crash Wednesday night in Philadelphia's Kensington section. The victim, identified Thursday as 36-year-old Thomas Dunbar, was riding a scooter shortly before 9:30 p.m. at Aramingo and Lehigh Avenues when he was struck by Pontiac Aztek with New York tags that was turning right onto westbound Lehigh from Aramingo, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The scooter operator was dragged about 200 feet under the Pontiac, which left the scene without stopping, Small said.
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