July 29, 2011 |
CORNWALL, N.Y. Idrove here at 70 mph — five miles north of legal, five miles south of safe. Theoretically, "safe" or "safer" would have been the median highway speed, the actual rate of travel of fellow motorists along northbound Interstate 87, which was 75 mph. But I didn't want to err on the side of a speeding ticket. I was driving the 2011 Dodge Charger SE, a relatively tame version of the Chrysler Group's lineup of full-size, rear-wheel-drive Dodge Charger sedans. The Charger SE, also marketed as "Charger Base,"...
November 5, 2012 |
Elliott Carter, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer who fused European and American modernist traditions in seminal but formidable works, and who lived to hear ovations for music that was once thought to be anything but listener-friendly, died Nov. 5 at his home in New York City. He was 103. His assistant, Virgil Blackwell, confirmed the death but did not disclose an immediate cause. Mr. Carter's career was like some of the towering cathedrals of Europe: so long in the making...
February 23, 2010 |
Congressional investigators Monday accused Toyota officials of making misleading public statements about the causes of its runaway cars and faulted federal safety regulators for conducting "cursory and ineffective" investigations because of a crippling lack of expertise. The charges from House members amplify the unprecedented scrutiny focused on the beleaguered automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition to three congressional committees, which are holding hearings beginning Tuesday, a...
May 23, 2011 |
Toyota management gave too little weight to feedback from customers, regulators and independent rating agencies, and centered too much control in its Japanese headquarters, according to the report of a special review panel convened after complaints of unintended acceleration forced the automaker to recall millions of cars . The panel, chaired by former U.S. Transportation secretary Rodney Slater, reported that the company apparently did not...
August 2, 2009
Complaint: The 2-liter, 138-horsepower four-cylinder Elantra Touring is a city-suburban car, especially when carrying loads. On the highway, weighted with cargo, especially moving uphill, it is less than desirable. Ride, acceleration and handling: In the city, it gets good marks for ride and acceleration and an excellent grade for handling. On the highway, it gets a good mark for ride, but highway acceleration and handling get poor grades. Head-turning quotient: The Elantra Touring is one of the best-looking hatchbacks available.
February 24, 2010
TOYOTA MOTOR Corp. President Akio Toyoda will ladle out healthy portions of mea culpa before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Wednesday. "Quite frankly, I fear the pace at which we have grown may have been too quick," he will say, according to prepared testimony . "I would like to point out here that Toyota's priority has traditionally been the following: first, safety; second, quality; and third, volume. These priorities became confused . . . . " That tradition to which Mr. Toyoda refers has run off the road.