How does Newark fare among the 15 most-delayed airports in the US?

Air travelers had slightly better go of it in March than they did the same month last year.

About 81.3 percent of flights taking off from the 29 largest airports in the country departed within 15 minutes of schedule, a nearly 5 percent jump from 2014.

That’s according to the monthly Air Travel Consumer Report released this week by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Flight controllers at United Airlines Operations Tower view the runway and gates at Newark Liberty International Airport as they monitor and adjust the arrivals a departures of planes. Newark’s on-time departure rate was about average among 29 major U.S. airports. (Robert Sciarrino | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com) 

A year after a national-worst 69.4 percent of Newark Liberty International Airport departures were on time during a snowy March 2015, the airport made a major jump this year. With no major snowstorms this March about 82 percent of

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GM-Cadillac Design Center Experience Nets $20700 For Charity At Auction

If you were looking to grab a behind-the-scenes glance at the General Motors Design Center, you’ve run short on time. Or, maybe your pocketbook couldn’t support it.

Anyway, remember the Cadillac Design Experience the brand was auctioning off at RM Sotheby’s? It sold, and it sold well. The experience will have the highest bidder to attend the GM Design Center as Ed Welburn’s, GM vice president of global design, personal guest. Dinner, tours and participation in a Cadillac design brainstorming session were all included in the experience, including a shot at a ride in one of Cadillac’s one-off concept vehicles.

The experience sold for a healthy $20,700 in which all proceeds went to benefit Spina Bifida of Jacksonville.

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Rewinding To Look Back On The GM W-Body Cars: Video

General Motors did its best to try and keep things distinct between its many divisions during the 1980s, but “cookie cutter” cars become the norm.

However, in 1990, that was supposed to change with the introduction of the GM10, or W-body, vehicles. Between the W-bodies, Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick and Oldsmobile would receive a family sedan, though each slightly different.

While the Lumina played breadwinner, Pontiac received the Grand Prix with an optional turbocharged four-cylinder and Buick played the luxury game with the Regal sedan, featuring the tried-and-true 3800 V6 engine as an option. But, it was Oldsmobile, the experimental division, that had the most interesting W-body vehicle in the 1990 Cutlass Supreme.

Not only did it arguably wear its styling the best, especially from the rear, but it also received a high-output, four-cylinder engine mated to a manual gearbox. That’s nearly unheard of by American automaker standards, especially in 1990.

Have a

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This 1947 Chevrolet Rat Rod Beats With The 5.3 Liter Heart Of A Tahoe: eBay Find

The 1947 Chevrolet Rat Rod you see here looks as if the builder fused together an Ariel Atom and old rust-bucket. While that isn’t the exact DNA of this machine, it is a Frankenstein build with parts coming from three different sources.

The body is a 1947 Chevrolet half-ton with a chopped cab. According to the eBay listing the cab was stripped down to bare metal and clear coated with a copper pearl. The powertrain is a 5.3L V8 out of a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe, and it’s backed by an automatic Turbo 400 transmission. A 1995 Mercury Cougar was picked apart and used as the rear frame, oddly, with an 8.8 independent rear suspension and 3.08 gears. The front frame comes from a 1995 S10, and features Bullstein drop spindles.

A Frankencar, indeed.

Other features of the rat rod include a crescent wrench shifter handle, drift hand-brake,

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Could An MG Partnership Bring The Opel GT Concept To Life?

The General Motors-SAIC partnership has been a healthy one for both companies, and has helped GM flourish in the Chinese marketplace. Both companies have already expanded into early engineering for products outside of the Chinese market, namely powertrains.

That’s the backstory for what Automotive News Europe proposes to bring the stunning Opel GT concept to life. SAIC also owns the storied, and decidedly British, MG brand. MG has struggled to regain traction in the UK, its only market at this time.

As it stands, Opel has stated it has very little intent to produce the GT, stating the concept was merely a design study. In order for Opel to bring a proper, rear-wheel drive sports car to life, it would need to utilize some sort of economies of scale, and MG-SAIC could bring just that. Platform sharing would give the GT proper bones (because a FWD GT

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1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham To Be Auctioned Off At Barrett-Jackson Northeast

The name of the Cadillac Eldorado is the combination of two Spanish words that translate into “the gilded (golden) one.” The name also refers to El Dorado – the mythical lost city of gold, which is probably why young folk associate the car with the animated movie from 2000 (or maybe that’s just me).

The Eldorado was first introduced in 1953, and by 1957 the car came in both a hardtop and convertible model, referred to as the Brougham and Seville editions. During the years 1957 to 1960, the Eldorado Brougham models were the most lavish vehicles Cadillac offered. In 1958 the hand-built car was offered with 44 different trim options and 15 exterior color options, with only 304 units being built. Its price range was double that of any Rolls-Royce at the time, and was the chariot of choice for Hollywood royalty at the time. Because of its status,

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1952 Buick Land Speed Record Holder Heading To Auction: Video

When thinking of land speed records, a Buick isn’t necessarily the first brand to conjure thoughts of blistering fast vehicles. But, this 1952 Buick Super Riviera did just that in 2013.

The 1952 Buick is a six-time class champion, according to Motor Authority, and set the record land speed record of 165.725 mph. So, yes, it’s kind of fast.

Jeff Brock discovered the 1952 Buick near Phoenix, Arizona in 2008 where it remained in solid condition, but not land-speed record setting condition. Brock, a sculptor, took the 1952 Buick and decided to create bare metal racer, preserving time-period details, but capturing a menacing look at the same time.

Bombshell Betty, as the Buick has been nicknamed, is currently up for auction via The DuPont Registry with a $195,000 asking price. Not only could this be a statement piece, but it will do things most modern sports cars can’t straight out of

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A new permit is brewing in Peabody

The North Shore is among the many areas around the country playing catch-up in the craft brewery game, after experiencing the setback nearly one century ago that was 13 years of prohibition in 1920. At least that’s Chris Lohring’s theory. 

And he’s someone who is very much in the game now: he’s opening the Notch brewery and tap room in Salem soon.

“We’re getting our beer culture back,” he said.

The spread of craft breweries seems to tap into consumers’ desires to know what they’re buying, to buy it locally and to have an enjoyable experience. As for municipalities, they’re working to ease the way for similar businesses to fill a need for mixed-use ventures and to attract local residents as well as tourists.

That’s why Peabody is crafting a special permit to allow breweries, distilleries and wineries to set up shop in the city, said Karen Sawyer Conard, director of community development and planning. 

“Craft beer

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2016 Buick Cascada: First Drive

When Buick invited me to drive the 2016 Buick Cascada in southern Florida, it made a lot of sense. It’s a market where 90 percent of all convertibles are sold in the United States, and for obvious reasons. In the Sunshine State, it seems like every dozen vehicles or so is a drop-top of some type or another, rental car or not. Though when I got behind the wheel of a Deep Sky Metallic 2016 Cascada on an early Key West morning en route to Miami Beach, I was anticipating that there would be some sort of engaging stretch of road to really get a feel on the dynamics of this drop-top — the first Buick-branded convertible since the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact. That’s the 1991 Reatta, for you sad souls with no sense of history.

There weren’t any roads that could provide a major shakedown of the Cascada. Instead,

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2017 Cadillac XT5 Landing In China On April 12

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is nearly ready to replace the aged Cadillac SRX, and hopefully do good things for the brand’s growth in the crossover segment. As it prepares to enter the North American market, the brand has also announced an official launch date for China.

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 will arrive in China on April 12, according to the brand, which will follow up the launch of the 2016 Cadillac CT6.

Unlike the North American Cadillac XT5, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 in China will arrive exclusively with a 2.0-liter LTG turbocharged four-cylinder, foregoing the 3.6-liter LGX V6 option. Cadillac is rumored to be mulling over a U.S. introduction for the 2.0-liter turbo later in the vehicle’s lifecycle.

Power is still delivered through an electronic precision shift unit, eight-speed automatic transmission, and is sent through front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Following the introduction of the XT5, Cadillac will execute a hiatus of

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