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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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TRAVEL
January 3, 2016
Question : I recently reserved a midsize rental car in Shannon, Ireland, for myself, my wife, and another couple through Hertz. At the airport, a Hertz representative upgraded us to an SUV, which sounded bigger, but was not. We were given the keys to an Opel Mokka, which was so small we could not fit our bags into it without putting two of them on our laps. I have driven stick-shift cars for 53 years, but when I started driving this car, I had trouble getting it into gear. I must say I was a bit frazzled, as the car was so small and there were four of us in it. I did get it going, but noticed a smell coming from the car right away, so I drove it around the airport block back to Hertz.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
A Lawnside woman who left her children in the backseat of her SUV with the engine running was charged with neglect Wednesday, four days after a thief stole the vehicle and crashed it while the frightened children were inside, police said. Kyna C. Garnett, 32, also was charged with one count of fourth-degree abuse, Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo announced in a news release Wednesday. The thief stole the vehicle about 30 seconds after Garnett went inside Colombo Liquors in Magnolia around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, authorities said.
NEWS
December 16, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
The mother who left two children in an SUV that a thief stole and then crashed two minutes later - while she was inside a Magnolia liquor store just before midnight Saturday - has not been charged, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Monday. "No charges have been filed against her at this time, but we are continuing the investigation," Andy McNeil said. Authorities are withholding the identify of the 32-year-old Lawnside woman, to whom the 8-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl were returned after they were treated for minor injuries at Cooper University Hospital, he said.
NEWS
December 15, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Gloucester County man was charged with kidnapping for stealing an SUV - in which two children were left alone as backseat passengers - from the parking lot of a Camden County liquor store about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police said. Christopher Dumas, 38, of Paulsboro, was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and theft. Magnolia police say he crashed the stolen Trailblazer into another vehicle during his getaway, causing it to flip over. The children, an 8-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl from Lawnside, suffered minor scrapes and were treated and released from Cooper University Hospital in Camden, police said.
NEWS
November 16, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2015 BMW X6M: The M is for mmm-mmm. Price: $115,150 as tested. The test model started at a far more modest $102,100, but a few add-ons broke the bank - including $1,900 for the Driver Assistance Plus package. More options are detailed below. Marketer's pitch: "Meet the new extravagance. " That's what the company declares for those looking at El Cheapo X6 sports activity coupé, which costs mere pocket change at $59,800. I'm sure a quick sweep of the couch cushions will uncover that, plus enough for a few options.
NEWS
November 11, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA & SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE LAST TIME Taylor saw her big brother, he was being his usual goofy self. Shakoor Arline had dropped the 17-year-old off outside her high school in Montgomery County, and she ran to get inside, darting up the steps. But as she neared the door, Shakoor called out: "You're not going to give me a hug?" So Taylor ran back to the car to oblige her older brother, her protector, who left her with one final message: "Good luck on your test today. I love you. " Carla, their aunt, choked back tears last night as she recounted the exchange, the last between the siblings.
NEWS
April 16, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a young boy was killed and a mother and her child seriously injured in separate hit-and-run incidents Monday night, Philadelphia police asked for the public's help in identifying the drivers responsible. They also highlighted rewards posted in each hit and run - $20,000 in the death of the 4-year-old boy in Kingsessing, and $10,000 in the case of the 19-year-old woman and her 2-year-old son in Fairhill. Mother and child remained in critical condition Tuesday at Temple University Hospital, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
YOU CAN call them cute utes. Or wee SUVs. Or soft-road crossovers. If you're being really specific (and boring), they're subcompact crossover sport utility vehicles. And - wowee zowee - there will be plenty of them at the Philadelphia Auto Show opening Saturday through Feb. 8 at the convention center. We're talking brand newbies from Honda (HR-V), Mazda (CX-3), Fiat (500X), Jeep (Renegade) and Chevrolet (Trax). Plus 2015 updates from Nissan (Juke), Kia (Soul), the trailblazing (since 2004!
NEWS
December 22, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A WOMAN was clinging to life last night after a horrific accident in Bustleton, police said. Just after 5:30 p.m., a 46-year-old woman was dropping her kids off at the Klein Jewish Community Center, on Jamison Avenue near Red Lion Road, when she became pinned underneath her Honda SUV, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the woman's head and torso wedged under the passenger side of the vehicle, Small said. Only her feet and lower legs were visible.
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