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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.
NEWS
February 22, 2013 | By Ken Ritter, Associated Press
LAS VEGAS - Bullets were flying from a black Range Rover at a gray Maserati as the vehicles raced toward a red light on the Las Vegas Strip. Beneath the neon lights, police say, the Maserati ran a red light at one of the Strip's busiest intersections and smashed into a taxi that exploded into flames early Thursday, killing the two people inside. Three more cars and a utility truck collided at the crossroads home to Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and Bally's, leaving at least six more people injured as the Range Rover sped off in the predawn darkness.
NEWS
February 17, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
Subaru really is the automotive poster child for that old saying, "necessity is the mother of invention. " When America fell in love with SUVs back in the '90s, Subaru found itself without the wherewithal to develop one. So, it took its all-wheel-drive Legacy wagon, jacked it up a bit, tacked on some macho-styling cues, and presto: The pioneering Outback crossover SUV was born. Because crossovers are based on car platforms instead of truck chassis, as the original SUVs were, they offer more car-like ride and handling.
NEWS
February 4, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
The completely redesigned 2013 Range Rover is, predictably enough, the best one ever. As such, it retains its off-road primacy among luxury SUVs. When it comes to slogging through mud and sand, fording streams and tap dancing up rocky inclines, the Range Rover is the upmarket king of the hill. I know, I know. Who's going to go mudding and fording and bouncing off rocks in vehicles with base prices between $83,545 and $130,995? But thanks to the off-road driving programs afforded Range Rover customers, the number of owners taking their vehicles on mud-and-crud expeditions is doubtlessly higher than the luxury SUV general population.
NEWS
November 15, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former pub waitress testified Tuesday that a Delaware County assistant district attorney ran two bar tabs totaling $120 the night he allegedly struck a teen with an SUV. Michael Donohue, 32, is charged with aggravated assault, an accident involving personal injury and other related crimes. Prosecutors say he allegedly hit the teen the night of Nov. 4, 2011, then left the scene with the boy seriously injured in the road. In addition to the waitress's testimony, eight members of the district attorney's office, a state trooper and a County Park Police officer also took the stand to testify in the case.
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