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.
April 22, 2005 |
A tractor-trailer carrying new Mercury Mariners struck an overpass on the Atlantic City Expressway yesterday morning in Camden County, totaling two of the SUVs and damaging two more, police said. No injuries were reported. Eastbound lanes of the highway in Winslow Township were closed for about an hour after the 8 a.m. accident as the SUVs were towed away and engineers inspected the overpass. Traffic backed up 4 1/2 miles to Route 42, said Sgt. Stephen Jones, a state police spokesman.
March 22, 1999 |
If you build it - ever bigger - they will buy it. That's the Detroit view of the car market as auto manufacturers continue to cash in on the country's increasing infatuation with sport-utility vehicles. And our lust for the ridiculously big is growing - possibly inspired by the government. A new government pollution proposal to tighten emissions by requiring SUVs to meet the same pollution standards as passenger cars looks like it might backfire, encouraging carmakers to make more monstrous SUVs that don't have to comply with the new rules.
April 14, 2007 |
Gov. Corzine probably sustained many of his injuries by being thrown about the interior of his SUV, and he likely would have been hurt much less severely had he fastened his seat belt as required by law, accident experts said yesterday. New Jersey state police say Corzine travels in SUVs for safety reasons. Safety experts say an SUV has risks that may outweigh its benefits. "In terms of executive protection, all decisions have the governor's security in mind," said Capt. Al Della Fave, a state police spokesman.
January 8, 1999 |
Ah, the smell! Turned out to be the best part of car shopping. That rich, sweet chemical scent of a machine just built and never touched by human hands. The aroma of a new car. After an eight-year absence from the automobile market, and driving a vehicle with 184,000 miles on the odometer, I was in the market for mint-condition transportation. Which meant car shopping. I surveyed the new-car market the hard way - driving from dealer to dealer. You can do it the easy way, by walking from display to display at the Philadelphia International Auto Show opening Saturday at the Convention Center.
February 12, 2003
GREAT news: the SUV backlash has begun. We've always disliked the fact that sports utility vehicles are so big and dangerous (consumers believe they're safe, when they're anything but) and that they guzzle gas. But now, with war looming, and our dependence on foreign oil increasingly problematic, driving an SUV today is downright unconscionable. That's why we support a recent bill introduced in Congress, by Sens. Diane Feinstein and Olympia Snowe that would raise the standards for fuel efficiency in SUVs.
October 11, 1999 |
Yo, you still driving one of those wimp-mobiles? You know, a car? Well, get rid of it. Now. And get yourself an SUV - you know, a sport-utility vehicle. The bigger the better. Do that, and you'll never want to drive a wimp-mobile again. Here's how we know all this: The Daily News recently took a Lincoln Navigator out for a test drive, thanks to the nice folks at Winner Lincoln Mercury down at the airport auto mall. The Navigator is one fine machine - it's like a truck that handles like a luxury car. You get behind the wheel of one of these babies, and suddenly you own the world.
August 1, 2001
YOU CAN HAVE YOUR SUV and fuel efficiency, too. You can have safe vehicles and a safer environment, too. You may have to spend a thousand or two extra, but you'll make it back in reduced gas costs. So said the National Academy of Sciences this week in a report that (you should pardon the expression) demolished arguments by the auto industry that we had to choose between our cars and our atmosphere. Or our cars and our safety. The industry claims that fuel efficiency standards lead to more small cars, and more deaths, on the road.
November 23, 2010
Best place to catch a ride in Center City? How about grabbing a car off the pavement around City Hall, where all types of vehicles can be found parked these days? It's an old habit that the city supposedly broke back in the Rendell administration, when the apron was cleared of unsightly vehicles. Too bad it didn't last. In a supposedly pedestrian-friendly city, people shouldn't have to worry about being run down on the pavement near the city's premier public building. But today's scene under Billy Penn's statue represents a throwback, with commercial vehicles and official-looking black SUVs parked on the apron's north side and near the northeast corner.
December 16, 2002
Look for this political ad in 2004: President Bush and Spot the spaniel cruise the Crawford ranch in a better-mileage sport-utility vehicle, brought to you through the President's determination to reduce dependence on foreign oil. Candidate Bush will brag that he did more than President Clinton ever did by pushing the first "big" increase in light-truck gas mileage requirements since 1987. But the ad isn't likely to mention that the 1.5-mile-per-gallon increase over three model years, proposed last week, would fail to match what automakers already had promised to do. It won't say that the import savings amount to drops in a barrel.