2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

C.C. Weiss

VW debuts the GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo at Wörthersee 2014

Much like Mercedes did with last year's AMG Vision Gran Turismo, Volkswagen brings the virtual world to reality with its own Vision Gran Turismo. Designed to drive the courses of PlayStation3's "Gran Turismo 6", the juiced up GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo was also built out as a show car for this year's Wörthersee festival. The 503-hp roadster takes styling from last year's Design Vision GTI to new extremes.  Read More

The audio package packs neatly into the Amarok's cargo bed

Forget using your pickup truck for hauling tools and supplies; load it up with speakers and DJ equipment instead. That spacious cargo bed "provides sufficient storage space for all the equipment needed for parties." So said Volkswagen's commercial arm when it brought the all-new Amarok Power concept to the Wörthersee GTI festival over the weekend.  Read More

Audi Q3 with Heimplanet tent

Heimplanet makes some of the most interesting inflatable tents on the market, including the three-person Cave and two-person Wedge. Its latest tent may be its most interesting of all. The model is designed to hook up directly to the Audi Q3, offering a lightweight car-camping solution.  Read More

Overland Expo 2014

According to the folks that organize the annual Overland Expo, "overlanding" is exploring and camping by way of vehicle - "whether 100 miles or 10,000 miles from home, on backroads or highly technical terrain." Gizmag had the opportunity to attend this year's show, and to get in the spirit, we did some light overlanding of our own, driving a few of America's most scenic byways and backways. We're back with the full trip report and a mega-gallery covering everything from adventure motorcycles to multi-story, all-terrain homes.  Read More

The Mealspec bag reaches 220º F in about 12 seconds

Flameless ration heaters have been used to heat US military MRE rations for decades. More recently, they've been gaining popularity in the outdoor consumer market. These heaters use chemical-based heating as a quick, simple, portable solution for cooking prepackaged meals. The new Mealspec Heater bag jolts this style of cooking system to life with enough heat to boil an egg and cook raw fish.  Read More

The 2014 EarthRoamer XV-LTS at Overland Expo

Don't call the EarthRoamer an RV – it's an XV (Xpedition Vehicle), and it's ready to take you to the most distant, rugged lands on the planet. The latest model packs the same four-season, go-anywhere build EarthRoamer has always been known for with a few added features, including a tailgater package with external kitchen and slide-out TV. Gizmag took a closer look inside and out at the recent Overland Expo.  Read More

The all-new Manx V is an electric version of the classic dune buggy

Fifty years ago, in the heyday of American surf culture, Californian Bruce Meyers created one of the most important off-road vehicles of all time. The lightweight fiberglass Meyers Manx helped to cement the dune buggy trend of the 1960s and inspire competitive off-road racing. The original Manx became just the second vehicle to find a place on the newly formed U.S. National Historic Vehicle Register this year, and it celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. As part of the ongoing celebration, Meyers has introduced the Manx V, an electric-powered dune buggy optimized for the 21st century.  Read More

The MaynoothBike fork contains linear drive hardware in each prong

Seeking to cross the relaxed-back comfort of a recumbent with a higher seating position, German engineer Christoph Lenz has innovated the MaynoothBike, named after his home in Maynooth, Ireland. In place of the usual bottom bracket-mounted crankset, the dual drivetrain is built into the fork. The linear drive not only creates a more relaxed seating position, it offers some claimed efficiency advantages, too.  Read More

The Velogical Velospeeder rear rim motor system

Friction drives like the Rubbee provide a lighter, simpler option for transforming a regular bicycle into an e-bike. Velogical's all-new Velospeeder makes the friction drive even lighter. The compact e-drive solution weighs under 4 lb and allows for seamless switching between e-assist and manual riding. The company claims it's the lightest and smallest bicycle e-drive (soon-to-be) available.  Read More

The Poler Le Tente turns the average van or SUV into a light camper

The roof tent provides a functional cross between the natural, breezy experience of tent camping and the easy set-up of a vehicle camper. The all-new Poler Le Tente promises to bring that cross-segment function to a new generation of car campers.  Read More

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