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The SmartRim wireless sensor that can be fitted to a car and detects proximity to curbs an...

Few driving noises can be as deflating as that of a car wheel scraping against the curb when parking. It means you've misjudged your distance from the sidewalk and inflicted some ugly and potentially expensive damage on your wheel. The SmartRim is a device aimed making this a thing of the past.  Read More

Herbie is just the latest movie car to illustrate the trend of fast growing prices for mov...

In terms of investment potential, the prices of cars which formerly starred in movies are accelerating faster than the already bullish collectible car and movie memorabilia markets. This week Herbie (The Love Bug) set a new world record for a Volkswagen Beetle at $126,500 to become one of the top 50 movie cars ever sold at auction. We've also scoured the auction results of the last ten years to show how much movie cars are appreciating.  Read More

Honda has revealed more details on its forthcoming NSX

The original Honda NSX won the hearts of the world's motoring press by wrapping a sweet chassis and Ferrari-aping performance up in a reliable package. So when, after a long gestation period, the new NSX was unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show, it's fair to say we were a little bit excited. Honda has now given a more detailed look under the skin of its high-tech flagship.  Read More

One of the holy grails ICE development is the creation of a viable variable-compression-ra...

While the fashion in high-tech automotive developments might lean towards hybrids and electric vehicles at the moment, there’s still plenty of scope to improve the good old internal combustion engine and one of the holy grails of such development is the creation of a viable variable-compression-ratio system. Now Porsche is working on just such an engine, revealed in the form of a newly-published patent, which will be able to alter its compression ratio.  Read More

Senzati has moved the Sprinter's door to make for smoother entry and exit

A popular theme among van converters is taking inspiration from the skies to a create a van that travels like a luxurious private jet, and the Mercedes Sprinter provides a natural base vehicle for such endeavors. The latest outfitter to throw its hat in the ring with the likes of Becker and Brabus is the UK's Senzati. Its simply but effectively named Jet Sprinter conversion includes everything from massage-equipped reclining seats, to a full multimedia system, to a bathroom with waterfall sink.  Read More

The Qoros 2 SUV PHEV Concept that debuted at Auto Shanghai 2015

Just a month and a half ago, Qoros was a Chinese-Israeli automaker showing off vanilla, nondescript designs like the Qoros 3 City SUV (those missing doors are there to help highlight the interior, not for visual effect). We knew that change was in the air, and after the Shanghai auto show, Qoros is now the warped mind behind one of the meanest, strangest small crossover designs in recent memory. The Qoros 2 SUV PHEV Concept may be friendly to the environment, but it's downright nasty to anyone that looks over in its direction.  Read More

Ford imagines a foosball table that is actually a functional greenhouse with live grass on...

Translating car design into furniture and other consumer goods is all the rage this month. For Milan Design Week (Salone del Mobile), Mazda highlighted its Kodo Design language reincarnated as a sofa and bicycle. Ford got even more diverse, unleashing the styling of the all-new GT supercar on a varied selection of designs, from pieces of furniture, to a foosball table, to a sailboat, to a guitar.  Read More

Carving corners is what this Megane RS Trophy does best (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)

Renault’s Megane RS 275 Trophy combines a stiff, focused chassis with a strong, torquey 2.0-liter to create one of the sharpest handling hot-hatches out there. Gizmag spent a week with the Trophy to find out what all the fuss is about.  Read More

A digital code will provide DHL couriers with temporary access to the trunk of a recipient...

Missing deliveries because you're out or the courier not turning up at the expected time is a common annoyance. If Audi has its way, however, it may be one that you don't have to put up with for much longer. The firm is piloting a service that lets couriers deliver to the trunk of your car.  Read More

The Volkswagen C Coupé GTE concept was designed to appeal to the Chinese market

Volkswagen is at the Shanghai International Auto Show hinting at a possible expansion of its model range with its C Coupé GTE concept that is designed to appeal to the Chinese market. The automaker says that "if it were to go into production," the roughly 5 meter- (16.4 ft) long saloon would slot in between the Passat and Phaeton in Volkswagens model line up.  Read More

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