Nitro can go off road but may be too stylish


first_imgAnd I sure wouldn’t want to scuff up the eye-catching Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat, either. This is a midsized SUV, a first for Dodge, that’s probably best suited for navigating the suspension-rattling potholes endemic to Los Angeles. There is also enough road clearance for fording those temporary winter streams some of our roads and streets become. And with its flared fenders and high-line styling cues (think a scaled down Hummer or Land Rover), this midsized SUV makes a stylish statement. New for 2007, the truck shares Jeep’s lineage, which shouldn’t be surprising. By Gregory J. Wilcox STAFF WRITER The 2007 Dodge Nitro looks buff enough on the outside for some serious off-roading and is a pussycat on the inside. I don’t know how well-suited for the former the Nitro is because I certainly would not want to get in the dirt with the 20-inch chrome wheels that are standard on the model we tested. “The 2007 Dodge Nitro is going to heat up the midsize SUV market by giving consumers a quality vehicle with masculine good looks, exceptional performance, unsurpassed utility and features that will surprise and delight,” said a statement from George Murphy, senior vice president of global marketing for Chrysler Group. It’s too soon to address the quality issue. But it looks as though the Nitro could live up to some of those other boasts. It’s definitely an eye-pleasing, macho ride. Dodge attributes the masculine appearance to a number of elements. They include the signature Dodge crosshair grille with its three-dimensional ram’s head, those prominent fender flares and good body size. The latter is not overdone, and I could park the Dodge in the family garage without rearranging any of the clutter. (I couldn’t do that with several other test vehicles.) These design elements even carry over to the mirrors and door handles. Designers also pushed the Nitro’s wheels to the corners. This reinforces performance and off-highway capabilities. Drive Time had the R/T 4×4 model with a 4.0 liter, V6 single overhead cam engine. It definitely provides lots of pep and seemed to want to jump away from stoplights and stop signs. There is lots of space inside, too. The rear seats fold down in 60/40 fashion. The leather trimmed seats are comfortable and the cabin featured a six-speaker sound system with a subwoofer and rear seat video system and a gaming system. Nitro features a thick, comfortable four-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel and the dash has a three-pod, four-gauge instrument panel. These are black with gray and white graphics and orange pointers. There are many places for stuff, too. The center console has room for hand-held PDAs, cell phones or coins; there are driver- and passenger-side door compartments; and a map pocket behind the driver’s seat. What Dodge calls the Load ‘N Go floor is also new, and you wonder why somebody didn’t think of it before. It’s a sliding rear floor panel that holds up to 400 pounds and makes loading and unloading cargo an easier task. The leather-trimmed seats are comfortable and the cabin also featured a six-speaker sound system with a subwoofer and rear seat video system and a gaming system. In addition to Dodge Nitro R/T, the two other models offered in the U.S. are the Dodge Nitro SXT and Dodge Nitro SLT. And this is a fairly affordable ride. “What might end up surprising people and finally sealing the deal is that it’s a great truck to drive, particularly in an urban setting; that it sports a stylish, roomy and comfortable interior; and that it blows most of the competition away when it comes to power-to-price ratio,” concluded the Web site Automobile.com. Drive Time agrees. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – DISABLED IN DONEGAL SUFFER FROM CUTS, CLAIM


first_imgThe Donegal Network of People With Disabilities in Ireland Ltd (PWDI) is calling on the Government to implement their pre-election promises and stop their continuous cuts to services and benefits for people with disabilities.Mr Eddie Crawford, chairperson of the network says “Over this past few months our members have experienced cuts to their phone credits and the number of free electricity units. Our members are also having to pay travels charges to attend HSE training centres” and goes on to say “enough is enough”.The last two budgets have seen disability benefits cut from 204 euros to 188 euros. More recently people attending training centres are now being charged 3euros per trip which equates to a further 15euro per week off their benefit even though they have free travel passes. The HSE North West originally provided this service free of charge but when handing over the responsibility to the Rural Transport Initiative, recommended this fee to be imposed. Donegal is the only county where this fee is being charged.“Without any consultation what so ever” Mr Crawford says “The minister has reduced the electricity allowance by 100 units per billing period and has cut the telephone allowance by approx. 3 euro per bill.”Cuts to Special Needs Assistants (SNA’S) by up to 6500 are/will also have a detrimental effect on the education of students with disabilities and also an extra workload on their teachers, recognised as having the largest class sizes in the country. “Again” Mr Crawford says “this is totally against the principals of the Disability Act of 2005 and equality legislation”.Under the Disability Act of 2005 and the Departments Sectoral Plan, Local Authorities are obliged to have all of their facilities accessible to people with disabilities by the year 2015, but In a letter to the Donegal Local Authority the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has directed that the extra funding required to meet this deadline will not available in 2011.  He has also instructed the Authority to meet their target on time. As Chairman of the Councils Disability Advisory Group, Mr Crawford says “Without this funding it will be impossible for any Local Authority to meet this deadline”.The progress that had been achieved over the years by the representation of various disability organisations in the county and in particular PWDI in the deinstitutionalisation of people with disabilities has also been struck a blow by the cuts to home help and personal assistants resulting in people with disabilities having little or no social interaction/activity in the area in which they live which has the feeling of going from one institution to another (their home!).Mr Crawford says  “ People with disabilities are constantly living in fear of what next will be cut, “ Rumours” he says “ are having an adverse effect on our members. Possible reduction of personal hygiene and sanitary items by the HSE and further cuts in the forthcoming budget to their benefits has to stop. Government must move swiftly to stop these rumours and assure our members that not alone will there be no further cuts but (in consultation with disability organisations) move to restore the cuts they have already made”The Donegal Network of PWDI are also calling on our local County Councillors to submit our requests to central government and that all of  our county TD’s & Senators put aside their political allegiances  and unite as one when in Dublin to ensure that this marginalised group in Irish society be treated in a fairer and more respectful way.People With Disabilities in Ireland ltd. (PWDI) is a National Voluntary Organisation run by persons with disabilities, their families and carers who strive to ensure that the disability voice is heard at all levels of society and the decision making  process ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – DISABLED IN DONEGAL SUFFER FROM CUTS, CLAIM was last modified: October 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more