12 months ago

Maui's Top 5 Best Drives

When many travelers think of Maui, visions of beaches, suntan lotion, and oceanfront cabanas create images of the perfect vacation. While every Maui vacation should involve some degree of relaxing, Maui is still a very large island that is worthy of spirited exploration. Besides -- there is much more to Maui than sandy shorelines, and there are hidden waterfalls, rugged coastlines, rural farm stands, and historic hiking trails which are all just a short drive from the beach. Though you shouldn't spend your entire vacation in the car, here are 5 of Maui's best drives for exploring the beauty of the island.

The Road to Hana Maui

12 months ago

Journey to Tanzania: Reporter Exposes 'Albino Killings'

I had just 24 hours to prepare for my trip to Africa. We had been reporting on the killing of Tanzanians with albinism, a genetic condition characterized by a lack of pigment in people's eyes, skin and hair, as part of an ABC News hour special.

In Tanzania, there has been a grotesque rash of albino killings: 54 people have been murdered since 2007, though observers say more incidences go unreported. Renegade witch doctors have convinced locals that there are magical properties in the blood, bones and skin of people with albinism, which has created a sickening black market where the limb of an albino can bring in anywhere from $500 to $2,000. In a country where the per capita income is

12 months ago

Chevy Colorado to offer 6-speed stick

The folks from Chevrolet were so excited to unveil their new midsize Colorado pickup truck last week that they forgot to mention one thing: it will be available with a manual transmission, Automotive News reports.

Chevy truck spokesperson Tom Wilkinson confirmed to FoxNews.com that the base version of the Colorado will be equipped with a six-speed stick along with its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, putting it in direct competition with the bottom rung small pickups from Toyota and Nissan.

Aside from the extended cab two-wheel-drive WT (Work Truck) models, all Colorados will be offered only with a six-speed automatic transmission, either matched to the four-cylinder, a 3.6-liter V6 or a 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that will be on the options list in 2016.

Wilkinson says it's too early to say if the manual will be the fuel economy leader, but it should help bring the price point as low as it can go. Pricing has not yet been announced, but Chevy is hoping to undercut its full-size Silverado trucks by as much as $5,000-$7,000 for similarly equipped vehicles when they go on sale next fall.

The Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier each offer five-speed manual transmissions in their entry-level models, which currently have starting prices under $19,000.

GM North America President Mark Reuss told Automotive News that, based on the history of the segment, offering a manual is probably not a "financially sound decision," but he thinks its worth the risk.


12 months ago

Tunisia gets U.S planes, jeeps to guard Libyan border | Reuters

TUNIS The United States gave jeeps, communications technology and small aircraft to Tunisia on Thursday to help protect the border with Libya, where Islamic State has gained ground and set up training camps, officials said.

The North African country was also expecting to receive a number of attack aircraft, Defense Minister Farhar Horchani said, though he did not give details on who would supply them.

Tunisia has already built a 200-km (120-mile) barrier along the frontier to guard against militants since gunmen trained in Libya targeted tourists in attacks on a beach hotel and a Tunis museum last year.

Islamic State also launched a major assault on the border town of Ben Guerdane in March.

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Defense Amanda Dory said at a ceremony in Tunis that the jeeps, Maule light aircraft and a communication system between them would help Tunisian forces improve their monitoring of the border.

Horchani said the U.S. package was worth around $20 million. The U.S. ambassador said it consisted of 48 jeeps and 12 aircraft.

Western governments are giving Tunisia financial and military aid to support its young democracy, which they are holding up as a model for the region since its 2011 uprising ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

A small group of Islamist militants tied to al Qaeda is fighting in remote mountains near the Algerian border. Other Tunisian militants have split to join Islamic State in Libya.

On Wednesday, four police were killed when a militant detonated his bomb belt during a raid on a house in Tataouine in the south. That and a raid in Tunis were part of an operation that stopped planned attacks on the capital, authorities said.

More than 4,000 Tunisians are thought to have left to fight for Islamic State and other militant groups in Iraq and Syria. Some are returning to join Islamic State in Libya, threatening more attacks on Tunisia.

(Writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Andrew Heavens)


1 year ago

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1 year ago

Chrysler to build Jeeps in China | Reuters

DETROIT Chrysler Group LLC said on Tuesday it has agreed to make Jeeps in China with partner Guangzhou Automobile Group Co Ltd in a move to catch up with rivals in the world's biggest car market.

Producing the Jeep in China is important for Chrysler, which is controlled by Italian automaker Fiat, as it is the only way for the brand to reach its potential in t

he country, said Jeep CEO Mike Manley at the Detroit car show.

"I think we have a lot of potential in China," Mike Manley, CEO of the Jeep brand, told Reuters Insider. "For us to make real headway we have to localize our vehicles there."

Jeep will continue to produce vehicles in the United States.

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, who also runs Fiat, believes that Jeep is one of a handful of Fiat and Chysler brands with global potential. Jeep sales set a new record last year, rising 19 percent to over 700,000 vehicles. Marchionne is counting on building sales of brands Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and the Fiat 500 to offset losses in Europe.

Fiat and Chrysler lag far behind other foreign carmakers in China, where Chinese consumers bought 19.3 million cars last year. General Motors and Volkswagen both sold over 2.8 million cars in China last year, and together accounted for over 29 percent of total vehicle sales in China, according to IHS Global Insight.

Jeep, Chrysler and Fiat, by contrast, sold just over 60,000 cars in China in 2012. The newly-launched Fiat Viaggio had sales of about 10,000 in its first three months, Fiat said.

Fiat aims to boost sales in China to 300,000 by 2014, the company has said. It opened its first factory there last year, where it builds the Viaggio sedan on a platform shared with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and the Dodge Dart.

No decision has been made yet on how many Jeeps to build in China, said a GAC executive on Tuesday.

"We are going to enhance our cooperation with Chrysler and Fiat on R&D and components purchasing and the production," said Zeng Qinghong, vice chairman and president of GAC, on the sidelines of a press event at the Detroit auto show.

Fiat's stock rose more than 6 percent in Italy on Monday when an Italian paper reported that a new agreement to build Jeeps in China was imminent.

Banca Akros analysts said on Monday China would be a key market to help Fiat reach or exceed a medium term target of selling 800,000 Jeeps per year.

"The announcement would also demonstrate that the Fiat/GAC partnership is working well and that GAC is a reliable partner for future developments," said the bank in a research note.

Fiat's partnership with GAC is its third one in China, after terminating previous partnerships with Nanjing Automobile Group and Chery Automobile Co.


Jeep's expansion plans in China come as the head of the GAC-Fiat joint venture, Jack Cheng, plans to step down and move to a new position in the group.

"This is a planned succession," said Manley, who is also the Fiat-Chrysler executive in charge of the Asia-Pacific region. "This is not a shock or a surprise."

Manley declined to identify Cheng's successor at GAC-Fiat but said a new chief executive will be announced in February.

Chinese media reported recently that Cheng plans to move to the Fiat-owned parts maker Magneti Marelli. A spokesman for Magneti Marelli was unavailable for immediate comment on Tuesday.

Prior to joining GAC-Fiat in 2010, the native of Taiwan had been head of purchasing for Fiat in China since 2007. Fiat also makes trucks and agricultural machinery in China.

(Additional reporting by Bernie Woodall and Yoko Kubota in Detroit; editing by Matthew Lewis and Andrew Hay)


1 year ago

Driverless cars create a safety 'dilemma'

Just a few feet ahead, three pedestrians are hurrying across a crosswalk even though it's flashing a red signal. The driverless vehicle's wheels are faster than the pedestrians' feet, and a collision is inevitable.

What should happen next? Should the vehicle know to swerve into a wall and sacrifice its passengers to avoid the pedestrians, or should it protect its passengers at all costs?

The surveys revealed that the majority of respondents believed autonomous vehicles should be programmed to be "utilitarian," attempting to save the most lives (in this case, the pedestrians) while sacrificing as few as possible (the passengers), said Jean-Francois Bonnefon, a psychological sci