SUVs are main attraction at L.A. Auto Show

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 12:34 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 12:33 AM

The floor at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show will look a lot like America's roads: full of SUVs.

Hyundai and Nissan will debut new small SUVs at the show, while Subaru will take the wraps off its new three-row SUV, the Ascent. Jeep will show a new version of its rough-and-tumble Wrangler, while Infiniti, Lexus, Lincoln and Porsche will debut more refined models.

A combination of low gas prices, growing millennial families and a host of new models is fueling the SUV boom. As of October, overall U.S. vehicle sales were down 2 percent compared to the same period last year, but SUV sales were up 6 percent, according to Autodata Corp.

The L.A. show will also have plenty of eco-friendly models in a nod to California buyers, who purchase a higher percentage of hybrids and electrics than the U.S. as a whole thanks to state tax credits and other incentives. Land Rover will debut its first-ever plug-in gas-electric hybrid, while Volkswagen will show its upcoming family of electric vehicles. Porsche will also have a plug-in hybrid.

Here are some of the vehicles being unveiled at the show, which opens to the public on Friday.


Lincoln's midsize MKX SUV gets a new name, Nautilus, in an effort to separate itself from the alphanumeric luxury crowd. It also gets its first refresh since it went on sale in 2015. The 2019 Nautilus swaps its V6 engine for two turbocharged four-cylinder choices: a 2.0-liter that puts out 245 horsepower or a 2.7-liter with 335 horsepower. The Nautilus adopts Lincoln's signature mesh grille. It also has a suite of new safety technologies, including a system that keeps the SUV centered in its lane and an evasive maneuvering system that can automatically steer the vehicle around obstacles. The 2019 Nautilus goes on sale in the spring.


The fastest, most powerful version of General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet Corvette gets its first drop-top in nearly a half-century. Chevrolet says the convertible won't hurt the 755-horsepower car's performance much. It's only 60 pounds heavier than the standard coupe and still will have a top speed of over 200 miles per hour. The only changes for the convertible are the structure for the car's folding top and repositioned seat belt mounts. The 2019 ZR1 made its debut earlier this month in Dubai. The ZR1 last had a convertible in its original model year in 1970. The coupe starts at $119,995 including shipping, while the convertible starts at $123,995. They'll hit showrooms this spring.


Infiniti's midsize, five-seat SUV gets a complete overhaul, starting with a rigid but lightweight new underbody made from high-strength steel. The 2019 QX50 sits up higher than the outgoing model and has a beefier, more confident look. Under the hood is what Infiniti says is the world's first production-ready variable compression ratio engine. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder automatically adjusts the pistons' performance to optimize power or fuel efficiency. Infiniti says the engine delivers 268 horsepower and 27 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, a 35 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over the outgoing QX50. The new QX50 also boasts Infiniti's ProPilot driver assistance system that can automatically control braking and speed and keep the SUV within its lane. The QX50 goes on sale in the first quarter of 2018.


Known for its small all-wheel-drive cars and SUVs, Subaru enters the big people-hauler market with the new Ascent. It's got three rows of seats and can carry as many as eight people. Built in Lafayette, Indiana, the Ascent will be sold only in North America to satisfy its thirst for bigger vehicles. The all-wheel-drive Ascent is powered by a new 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Second-row captain's chairs are optional on some versions. The price wasn't released, but the Ascent will go on sale next summer.

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Southwest adding new flight at Cincinnati airport

Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 11:28 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:18 PM

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Southwest Airlines is adding another new flight at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Southwest Airlines’ new nonstop service from Cincinnati/Northern International Airport to Denver, Colorado (DEN) will begin Aug. 7. The new route will operate daily year round with Boeing 737 aircraft using a combination of 143 and 175 seat configurations.

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“This new route continues our growth in the region and adds more time saving itineraries to Denver and destinations in the western half of the United States,” said Dave Harvey, Southwest Airlines’ managing director of corporate sales. “Every flight on Southwest Airlines offers travelers the ability to change flights without paying change fees.”

Denver will be the third daily year-round destination served by Southwest at CVG. 


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Good Sam announces it’s closing before September

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:24 PM


Good Samaritan Hospital will close before Aug. 29.

Premier Health, which operates the northwest Dayton hospital, announced in January that Good Samaritan would close before the end of the year and today gave a tighter time frame for the closure.

“While we had initially communicated a closing toward the end of the year, we did say that some dynamics could result in a different closure date, due to the unpredictability and complexity that understandably comes with such transitions,” Premier stated.

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Premier said it will give an exact date in the coming months.

When the Philadelphia Drive hospital closes down, it will move 1,600 jobs out of the northwest Dayton neighborhood where it has served as an anchor for nearly a century.

The main campus will be torn down after the hospital closes. City Wide Development and Planning NEXT, a design firm based in Columbus, are working with Premier on a plan for the site and the first public meetings on the site’s future are today.

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Area company that makes writing ‘glow sticks’ for the military lands state funds

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 4:54 PM


A Springboro maker of pressure-activated chemiluminescent writing devices that can be used by soldiers on the battlefield or police in the field received state money Thursday to help move the new technology out of the lab and into the marketplace.

The Ohio Third Frontier Commission approved $2.1 million for several companies and schools to move new technologies out of the lab and into the marketplace. Many of these innovative products could advance medicine and improve outcomes for patients.

“We are helping to advance these technologies and get them to market where they can make a difference,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency and chair of the Ohio Third Frontier Commission.

Battle Sight Technologies in Springboro was awarded $100,000 to build, test and scale up manufacturing for a new prototype of its pressure-activated chemiluminescent writing device. It’s a glow stick you can write with, according to the company.

Battle Sight Technologies was started by Nick Ripplinger and Bennett Tanton in August 2017.

•University of Dayton Research Institute was awarded $200,000 to create the Miami University/University of Dayton Technology Validation and Start-up Fund.


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Former DP&L power plants to lay off 370 workers in Ohio

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:52 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 1:54 PM


AES Ohio Generation, formerly Dayton Power & Light, will lay off approximately 370 workers in Aberdeen and Manchester at two power plants.

The company is permanently closing two generation plant facilities located at 745 US 52 in Aberdeen and Killen Station located at 14869 US 52 in Manchester. This will also result in the closure of a training center located in Manchester, according to a notice sent to state officials.

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The company anticipates these facilities will close by June 1, but the expected layoff date could be earlier. About 260 of the 370 workers are part of Utility Workers Union of America Local 175.

The closures were previously announced last March. A company spokeswoman said they are “proactively managing workforce transitions related to the closure of these generation units,” including contributing $2 million for the purpose of workforce development and job retraining in Adams County. The company will also offer employment services including interview preparation and resume editing for impacted employees.

The plan closings also come years into what has been seen as a challenging environment for coal. The Obama administration put forward its plan for reducing national dependency on coal, called the Clean Power Plan, but the plan is being contested in courts, and the new Trump administration is seen as more open to coal usage.

The two power generation stations — known as the Killen and Stuart stations — have been operated since the 1970s. DP&L owns 5,500 acres in Adams County, controlling seven miles of Ohio River-facing property.


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