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The new F-150 was one of Ford's big NAIAS 2014 stories

Pickup trucks may seem like dirty, muscular work oxen, but like other vehicles, they're evolving into smart, perceptive, high-tech machines. Last year's Atlas Concept made it crystal clear that Ford was serious about designing smarter trucks. The all-new F-150 introduced at this week's NAIAS 2014 doesn't include all the forward-thinking innovations of the Atlas, but it does pack enough of them to make it the "toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever."  Read More

The Toyota FT-1 premieres at the 2014 North American International Auto Show

Easily one of the wildest concept cars at the North American International Auto Show, the Toyota FT-1 bridges Toyota's sporty past with what the company promises will be a daring and aggressive future. The "spiritual pace car for a changing, evolving Toyota" previews what Toyota hopes is its most exciting generation of vehicles ever. Put simply, the FT-1 is the Future of Toyota, example Number 1.  Read More

Local luminaries fire up the now solar-powered Las Vegas sign Last week, the world's attention was focused on Las Vegas thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show. With that backdrop of bleeding-edge technology, the city's iconic welcome sign received a little technological makeover of its own.  Read More

Pivothead SMART glasses are a smarter, more functional pair of video glasses

Already one of the most intriguing combinations of sunglasses and camera technology available, Pivothead glasses just got a little SMARTer. The Pivothead SMART debuted at CES 2014, combining 1080p filming with a new suite of wearable technologies. They allow you to live-stream video, take snapshots and control filming remotely with a smartwatch or mobile device.  Read More

First sketch of the 2014 Beetle Dune concept

Over the past couple of years, Volkswagen has revealed various Beetle derivatives at major US auto shows, including an electric Beetle and the new Beetle Convertible. For this year's North American International Auto Show, it has something a little more fun and playful in mind. The Beetle Dune is a rugged, sand-ready Beetle concept.  Read More

Flip the vest-like outer layer for some privacy while changing The Adrenalina hoodie packs two layers worth of shirt so that surfers, bikers and other athletes can change comfortably on the go. The upper layer serves as a sort of "modesty towel," flipping down over the waist and nethers to let you change your pants on a crowded beach or parking lot.  Read More

'Future Volvos will be characterized by the distinctive iron mark in the floating grille, ...

Following up on a teaser from late last year, Volvo has revealed its Concept XC Coupé in full. The second of three related concept cars, the XC showcases sporty, new design language while highlighting the Swedish automaker's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). It leaves us wishing for a similarly styled production crossover or two.  Read More

Elio Motors announces its next step toward production

Elio Motors is taking the next big step toward the production of its 84-mpg (2.8 L/100km) tandem three-wheeler. It won't quite make its original Summer 2014 start, but it plans to get Elios rolling off the lines next year at the former General Motors Shreveport Assembly and Stamping Plant in Louisiana.  Read More

Volvo and POC plan to reveal details of a new car-to-cyclist communications system later t...

Volvo has announced a partnership with fellow Swedish company POC, which specializes in helmets and other protective sports gear. The two partners will leverage their respective safety design experience toward developing new concepts in transportation safety. The first order of business is a car-to-cyclist communication system designed to increase cooperation between two- and four-wheelers.  Read More

We take a look at a few gadgets and gizmos to help you through the cold winter months

Winter has officially set in across the Northern Hemisphere, bringing with it feet of snow and record-breaking low temperatures across the US. That doesn't mean that you have to pen yourself indoors for the entire season and pray for Punxsutawney Phil to go blind, however. We've got some of the latest winter gadgets and gizmos to help you brave the cold, frost and snow.  Read More

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