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The Autobahn interior gives passengers a spacious, comfortable ride full of amenities

Airstream is best known for its line of iconic silver-bullet trailers, which includes the International Sterling. If its newly-introduced Autobahn is any indication, it may soon become better known for luxury vans. Revealed at the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter dealer meeting last week, the van offers the utmost in comfortable, luxurious people-moving.  Read More

'Strati' - The winner of the Local Motors 3D challenge (Image: Local Motors)

The first ever 3D Printed Car Design Challenge has been run and won with Strati, a design by Michele Anoé of Italy, chosen from a field of over 200 entries submitted by contestants from more than 30 countries. As well as winning a $5000 cash prize for his efforts from the organizers, Local Motors, Michele's concept will provide the most influence for a full-size 3D prototype to be printed at the International Manufacturing Technology Show this September in Chicago, Illinois.  Read More

An electric car featuring Phinergy and Alcoa’s aluminum-air battery system made its track ...

Last year, Phinergy and Alcoa announced the development of an aluminum-air battery that could give an electric car a potential range of 1,000 miles (1,609 km), though stops for a water top-up would be needed every couple of hundred miles. Now the companies have debuted the technology on the track at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.  Read More

Ford's Lightweight Concept vehicle based on the Fusion weighs less than a Fiesta

At NAIAS in January, Ford showed the world its new lightweight F-150 truck, which slashed 700 lb (318 kg) from its predecessor's weight to improve handling and fuel economy. Now the automaker has taken the weight-saving techniques from the F-150 and applied them to a new Lightweight Concept vehicle based on a Ford Fusion sedan.  Read More

Ford's Adaptive Steering system alters the steering ratio based on vehicle speed

While power steering has made it possible to drive around without giving yourself an exhausting upper body workout, the steering ratio of most vehicles – that is, the number of turns of the steering wheel required to turn the front wheels a certain amount – is fixed. Ford is shaking things up for non-luxury car buyers with its new Adaptive Steering system that will be available on select models from next year.  Read More

Ford and Samsung are researching the possibility of a dual-battery system

Lithium-ion batteries are an industry standard for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, and Ford is convinced that they will be useful in cars without electric drive motors, too. The automaker is working with Samsung to research a dual-battery system that increases gas vehicle fuel economy.  Read More

The all-new T4 is ready for rough rides

In 2012, Brazilian 4x4 manufacturer Troller, which was purchased by Ford Brazil in 2007, provided a sneak preview of what its next T4 utility vehicle would look like with its TR-X concept. It has now folded the look and feel of that concept into the new production T4, a 4x4 that is making other parts of the world beg Ford for a rebadged export.  Read More

The MiEV Evolution III gets more power, improved aerodynamics and other upgrades

Mitsubishi is preparing to return to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this month. It will compete in the Electric Modified Division with a pair of updated MiEV Evolution racers. The all-electric race car is more powerful and capable than ever.  Read More

British motorsports start-up Elemental Cars has released initial details and images of its...

A British start-up has announced its intention to release a high-performance road-legal track car. Elemental Cars is based out of Surrey and comprises an experienced team from the motorsport industry. Its debut vehicle, the RP1, is a two-seat racer aimed at delivering performance and configurability.  Read More

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

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