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Islamic State commanders liable for mass war crimes: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Islamic State commanders are liable for war crimes on a “massive scale” in northeast Syria, where they spread terror by beheading, stoning and shooting civilians and captured fighters, U.N. investigators said on Friday.<p>Their report, based on over 300 interviews with witnesses and …

2014 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible TDI Diesel

Less cute, lots more mpg.<p>The latest Beetle convertible is longer, lower, wider, and it raises a question: Is it finally okay for guys? Has the cuteness been sufficiently tempered to banish the chick-car label? We’re definitely thinking maybe.<p>Today’s Beetle has come a long way since the air-cooled …

This 2016 Ford Super Duty Prototype Burned to the Ground

Prototype fires happen all the time; seldom are they so dramatic. This aluminum-bodied 2016 Ford Super Duty was out testing in Death Valley when things went awry.<p>Prototype fires? They happen all the time. Seldom though are they so dramatic. This next-generation aluminum-bodied 2016 Ford Super Duty …

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The Moto Guzzi California might be a cruiser that converts you

An Italian cruiser tries to convert an American non-believer.<p>Cruiser motorcycles are heavy, wide, and expensive, and to me, that always meant that they lack the qualities that make motorcycles wonderfully differentfrom the automobile. It's similarly easy to dismiss their riders as attention-seekers …

2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Mid-Size Pickups Almost Here

The number of new mid-size pickup trucks has dwindled in recent years, leaving many analysts to wonder what might have been.<p>The speculation will end …

General Motors

The stick shift: Not dead yet

A coterie of Hollywood studios recently announced a deal with Kodak that ensures continued production of the film company's hopelessly retrograde celluloid, buying the borderline-obsolete technology more time before its inevitable cut. Coincidentally, leaked product specifications for the 2015 …

2015 Colorado Starts at $20,995, Canyon at $21,880

GM released pricing details on the upcoming Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks. The base Colorado, which features an extended cab and a 205-hp 2.5-liter inline-4 engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission starts at $20,995 including $895 destination, while the base Canyon …

2015 Subaru WRX STI Launch Edition Arrival

Recalibrate the Senses<p>I’m all for properly breaking in a fresh engine, but this time it was pure torture. Because when said engine propels a limited-run, all-wheel-drive performance sedan rolling atop forged aluminum footwear, with four-piston Brembos and a ginormous wing in its quiver of …

2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Prices: $21K And Up, $5K Lower Than Full-Size Pickups

Americans love their trucks, and in recent years it's a sector that has finally begun to make a push for fuel efficiency.<p>While truly gas-sipping …

Driving

GM Finally Is Embracing Diesel Market With New Plans, Projections

General Motors finally has drunk the Kool-Aid when it comes to clean-diesel power. It plans on adding an array of new diesel passenger models to its Chevrolet Cruze diesel, and executives have embraced even the optimistic projections of diesel advocates when it comes to forecasting the expansion of …

GM says it will offer more diesels in US, but on which vehicles?

The desire for more diesel vehicles on American roads has become a popular talking point among automotive enthusiasts. We hear about the super-efficient, high performance oil burners cruising all over Europe and don't see any reason that they couldn't work here. After all, their high torque figures …

Jeep, truck sales power Chrysler to second-quarter profit

Helped by robust sales of Jeep sport-utility vehicles and Ram pickup trucks,<p>Chrysler Groupon Wednesday reported a jump in profits for the second quarter.<p>The automaker said it earned $619 million, up 22% from the same period a year earlier. Revenue jumped 14% to $20.5 billion.<p>Chrysler, which is in …

GM Bringing More Turbodiesel Models to U.S.

With the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel meeting initial sales expectations, General Motors is planning more turbodiesel models for the U.S., <i>Automotive News</i> reports. The automaker says diesel-powered vehicles could represent 10 percent of the U.S. car market by the end of the decade.<p>“The Chevrolet Cruze …

Company Releases Truck Bed Conversion for Mk 4 Jetta

Car-based utility vehicles, like the classic Chevrolet El Camino and Ford Ranchero, have disappeared from the U.S. market, leaving those who desire something fuel-efficient, comfortable, and small to haul cargo around town with no options. One kit car company out of Massachusetts has set out to …

2015 Porsche Cayenne Photos and Info: Plastic and Internal Surgery

Thinner look, fatter prices.<p>Porsche’s guilty pleasure, the Cayenne SUV, is back and ready to keep cash billowing into company coffers. Of course, the Cayenne never left, but for 2015 Porsche has given its purist-infuriating high-performance crossover a modest refresh and swapped in a few new …

TOTD: Which Do You Prefer, Driving a Fast Car Slow or a Slow Car Fast?

While many enthusiasts lust after the most extreme wheeled vehicles in existence, there are some who get satisfaction from driving a slow car fast. Sometimes a fast car’s limits are too high to be explored on the street, and they certainly can’t be tested during a high-performance car’s initial …

2014 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line Manual

The heated Beetle's a bit of a gem, but it's no GTI.<p>When the current Volkswagen Beetle launched for 2012, the company made Winnetka-grade noise about having constructed a retromobile that would finally appeal to men. Yet the general consensus of men we know who’ve driven the new car seems to be, …

2014 Volkswagen Scirocco R First Drive

Fashion Forward. Fast-Forward.<p>Germany's automakers seem to get their jollies by watching us scratch our heads. Instead of sticking to traditional automotive bodystyles, they've been deliberately blurring the lines between them and inventing new terminology with which to classify their creations. So …

Ram 1500 Diesel Pickup Fuel Economy: Drivers Beat Mileage Ratings In Real-World Use

This year's full-size pickup truck sales are surging, driven at least in part by increased U.S. oil production, according to Ford chief economist …

2016 Chevy Volt Teased, Ram EcoDiesel Mileage, 2015 Hyundai Sonata Driven: Today's Car News

Today on Green Car Reports, we've got a little bit of everything. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is teased ahead of its January Detroit Auto Show debut, Ram …

Electric Vehicles

2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

All-wheel drive, Cheetos to spare.<p>Largely on the strength of its ute-y wagons and wagony utes, Subaru recently posted U.S. sales numbers that put the company ahead of the Volkswagen brand. Now the Japanese firm is hoping that its new Legacy finally will make real inroads into the family-sedan …

General Motors

Toyota Takes Supra-Previewing FT-1 Concept To The (Virtual) Track With Gran Turismo

Toyota’s stunning FT-1 concept car revealed at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show may be a preview of the next-generation Supra, but it’s also the Japanese …

The lowdown on twin-charged engines

Turbocharged? Supercharged? Yes.<p>Pairing a supercharger with a turbocharger on a single engine isn't new—it was born in motorsport decades ago—but it is uncommon. Volvo's new 2.0-liter four-cylinder T6 engine is currently the only example of the tech in a production vehicle available in …

First Element Expects To Make Money Selling Hydrogen Fuel In 5 Years

Could hydrogen fuel go from almost non-existent to profitable in the space of five years?<p>First Element Fuels--the hydrogen fuel provider presently …

Electric turbos promise big performance and efficiency gains in the near future

We Dive Deep With Audi's Revolutionary New Turbo Tech<p>An electric turbo system boosts efficiency between 15 and 20 percent, according to Audi.<p>Turbochargers, like acoustic guitars, use moving air to create magic. And electric turbochargers, like electric guitars, provide the ability to amp up that …

Energica Ego: Test Ride Of New Electric Superbike

Increasing numbers of electric motorcycles are coming into the market--but now Energica has upped the ante with its Ego electric superbike.<p>This is a …

Sure, SUVs Are Back--But They're Not Your Father's SUVs

Bad news for green-car fans: SUVs are back, and sales are stronger than ever.<p>Good news: They're not the same old SUVs.<p>Don't resign yourself to a …

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450 4MATIC

Where the Buffalo Roam: Racking up 40,000 on this big, brown beast.<p>Like its spirit animal, the massive, majestic American buffalo, the American-made Mercedes-Benz GL450 is ideally suited to the wide-open spaces of our vast continent, where it can roam widely, consuming a vast amount of natural …

The eleMMent Palazzo, a $3m land yacht

Announcing the world’s most expensive anything is a surefire way to attract attention, but when the thing is a $3m motor home, questions arise beyond the obvious “Why?” After all, designers create all manner of prototypes, and mythical potentates from Dubai are always rumoured to be buying them.<p>Yet …

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat first-drive

Before I tell you about my driving experience with the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, I’m just going to get this off my chest: this is one powerful, …