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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.
NEWS
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
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.
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.
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February 9, 2014 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
This year's rendition of the Philadelphia Auto Show turns out to be a car cotillion of exceptional magnitude. Nearly a dozen 2015 cars and trucks will make their regional debuts at the show, which opens its nine-day run Saturday at the Convention Center. The debutantes range from the radically redesigned Ford F-150 full-size pickup and the brand new GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickups to the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan, the Cadillac Escalade large SUV, and the latest coming of the iconic Ford Mustang.
NEWS
October 29, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
CHRIS ALVELO, a 17-year-old aspiring Eagle Scout from New Foundations Charter School, is being hailed as a Philadelphia hero after he took control of the wheel Saturday afternoon when his stepfather lost consciousness while driving, possibly due to a medical emergency. The teen may have saved four lives. Alvelo, who was sitting in the passenger seat, was killed instantly when the Ford Explorer slammed into a parked vehicle near Northeast Philadelphia Airport about 12:30 p.m., police said.
NEWS
July 20, 2013
An 11-year-old girl was in critical condition after being struck by an SUV late Thursday afternoon on Roosevelt Boulevard in the city's Olney section, police said. The girl, who was riding a bicycle, was trying to cross the Boulevard at Garland Street around 5:30 p.m. when she was hit by a 2003 Cadillac Escalade heading south on the Boulevard, police said. The girl suffered head injuries and a broken right arm and was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, police said.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | Inquirer Staff
A 34-year-old woman faces drunken driving charges after driving her SUV into a backyard pool in Philadelphia's West Mount Airy section. Police were called to the home on the 700 block of West Mount Airy Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and found a 2006 Saturn Vue in the pool and the driver sitting on the ground. The woman's name has not been released yet because she has not been formally charged.  
BUSINESS
May 18, 2013 | By Tom Krisher, Associated Press
DETROIT - Only two of 13 small SUVs performed well in front-end crash tests done by an insurance industry group, with several popular models faring poorly. Subaru's 2014 Forester was the only vehicle to get the top "good" rating in the results released Thursday. The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was rated "acceptable. " But fast-selling models such as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Jeep Wrangler received only "marginal" or "poor" ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
NEWS
March 24, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
CARLSBAD, N.M. - As the driver of an overturned SUV lay dead beneath his vehicle, someone stole the rims, tires and battery, Carlsbad police said Friday. The accident on a little-used, dirt road happened either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, killing Steven Roy Reese, 26, Carlsbad police said. He apparently lost control of his 1996 Ford Explorer and it flipped over, tossing out Reese and pinning him under the SUV, police said.
NEWS
March 23, 2013 | Associated Press
CARLSBAD, N.M. - Hours after a fatal crash, police in New Mexico say they arrived at the scene to find the wrecked SUV's rims, tires and battery had been stolen as the victim remained pinned underneath the vehicle. The accident on a little-used dirt road happened either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, killing 26-year-old Steven Roy Reese, Carlsbad police said. The victim apparently lost control of his 1996 Ford Explorer, and the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports the medical investigator determined Reese was dead for at least eight hours before police found him. The act of removing the items was both illegal and extremely insensitive, said Carlsbad Police Lt. Jennifer Moyers, and the person who stole the vehicle parts could face criminal charges.
NEWS
March 17, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
March 13, 2013
WARREN, OHIO - Investigators on Monday tried to piece together what eight teenagers crammed into a stolen SUV were up to before the vehicle flipped over into a pond, killing six of them. Authorities gave few details on where the group of friends had been and why they were out around daybreak Sunday, speeding down a two-lane road. On Monday, the SUV's owner met with police and filed a stolen-car report. Although the father of one of the dead said the teenagers were coming home from a sleepover, the mother of another boy killed said that her son and his best friend had lied about staying over at each other's homes.
NEWS
March 10, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
The cost of developing the infotainment system and other sophisticated electronics for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee left the refreshing of the iconic brand's flagship SUV over budget. So much so that it will delay the design of several other new Chrysler Corp. models. But that's OK given the considerable profitability and consequent importance of the Grand Cherokee, which is the retail sales leader among full-size SUVs with 154,734 sold in 2012. "There's so much money in these vehicles, and they are running three shifts at Jefferson North," the Detroit assembly plant where Grand Cherokees are built, said Joe Phillippi, an industry analyst who runs the AutoTrends consulting firm.
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