October 11, 2004
Re "Trouble Follows Close Behind," Oct. 6: How much evidence do we need that SUVs are bad for our society on every conceivable measure? They waste gas, which leads to our subservience to OPEC. They pollute excessively. They roll over. As this article points out, their lack of federal regulation for bumper height means tailgating SUVs are more dangerous and costly than cars. Tax and regulatory subsidies artificially tilt the market in favor of SUVs. These loopholes, originally intended to assist small businesses in purchasing work vehicles, lead directly to the costs and dangers to society listed above, and must be closed for everyone but the businesses that actually need these trucks.
April 24, 2012 |
BEIJING — Fuel-efficient vehicles are the rage in the United States, but in China gas-guzzling SUVs are looming large. Automakers including Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group, Daimler and Land Rover are seizing on soaring popularity for the vehicles here, tailoring new models for Chinese consumers, and in some cases shifting manufacturing to China. Chinese drivers purchased about 2.1 million SUVs last year, according to LMC Automotive, a figure that's expected to double by 2014.
December 30, 2002
I hate SUVs. I hate SUVs. I really hate SUVs. Dare we call them weapons of mass consumption? Lee Lavallee Hollywood
January 10, 2012 |
Buick on Tuesday unveiled a small sport-utility vehicle scheduled to go on sale a year for now, as the brand moves to broaden the range of models sold at its dealerships. The Encore, shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, will be the General Motors division's second SUV, joining the much larger Enclave, which has become a popular model for the resurgent brand. The five-seat Encore comes equipped with a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and features the high driving position and visibility that have made small crossovers and SUVs a growing segment of the U.S. auto market.
January 14, 2013 |
DETROIT -- Looking to fill a key hole in its U.S. lineup, Volkswagen on Monday unveiled a crossover SUV concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Dubbed the CrossBlue, the vehicle foreshadows a production crossover that Volkswagen will likely bring to the U.S. market in 2014. That vehicle is to come in six- or seven-passenger configurations and target other family crossovers such as the Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango and Nissan Pathfinder. The CrossBlue concept is a plug-in hybrid diesel with two electric motors.
December 6, 2012 |
BMW is recalling about 35,000 X5 sport utility vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because a bolt could break in the steering system. The problem affects model year 2009 through 2012 X5s equipped with diesel engines. No crashes or injuries have been reported from the problem. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the engine belt idler pulley bolt in these BMWs could loosen and break over time. If the engine belt idler pulley bolt breaks, the vehicle may unexpectedly lose power-assisted steering, making it suddenly harder to drive and increasing the risk of a crash.