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Review: 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser lets you safari in comfort

The legendary Land Cruiser brings to mind visions of great adventures on the savannah, where lions roar in the evening and herds of water buffalo rumble by in the distance. The urbane looks of the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser seem well and truly at odds with that image, yet underneath the rough-and-ready capability of the LC of old is still there. This Toyota can race the rhino with any of its forebears. It will just look classier doing it.Read More

Automotive

In pictures: Road-going SUVs and off-road 4x4s of the Geneva Motor Show

Bentley focused its attention on revealing an all-new concept coupe at this year's Geneva Motor Show, so there was no Bentayga SUV as we thought there might be. That's not to say that utility vehicles didn't have any presence in Geneva, though. While they weren't as strong a fleet as sports cars or concept cars, crossovers and 4x4s had a solid presence anchored by the global debuts of some extremely rugged off-roaders. Read More

Outdoors

Electric 4WD vehicle allows users to "Zoom" off-road

Just because you have difficulty walking doesn't mean that you should be limited to the smooth sidewalks and asphalt paths of the world ... at least, not according to folks at Sweden's Zoomability. Their Zoom 4-wheel drive electric vehicle can be operated entirely by hand, allowing people with limited mobility – or anyone else – to get in some off-road action. Read More

Urban Transport

Four-wheel drive electric BajaBoard dares you to ride

Though the only range problems a leg-powered skateboard suffers are to do with the fitness of its rider, electric skateboards do offer the thrill of being able to take on a Corvette without the aid of bionic limbs, zip over dirt, grass or road without running out of puff, or even just get the adrenalin pumping on the way to work. For the last 3 years, an Australian design team has been working on a multi-purpose powered board called the BajaBoard, which boasts 12 kW (16 hp) of 4WD electric grunt, adjustable independent suspension and LED lighting at the front and back. The project has now headed to Kickstarter for the final push toward production.Read More

Automotive

Jeep prepares six new off-road specials for Moab Safari

For nearly 50 years, Jeep enthusiasts have spent their Easters gathered together in one of the world's great off-roading destinations: Moab, Utah. Chrysler/Jeep eventually caught on to this marketing event in waiting, showcasing the off-road possibilities that its Mopar and Jeep Performance parts divisions can open up. Since 2002, it's introduced 40 Jeep concepts at the annual event. Jeep's six 2014 concepts are aimed squarely at serious off-road enthusiasts itching to explore the planet's diciest terrain. Read More

Automotive

Amphicruiser: Amphibious 4WD based on Toyota Land Cruiser

"We wanted it to be as solid on water as the Land Cruiser is on land." That's Dutch Amfibious Transport co-founder Dirk-Jan de Jong talking about his company's heavy duty amphibious 4WD, the Amphibicruiser. Built around a Toyota Land Cruiser engine, it's a fully fledged on and offroad cruiser that can be driven up a river or out to sea with next to no training.Read More

Automotive

Audi's R18 e-tron Quattro receives a dual-hybrid makeover for 2014

First introduced into rally racing in 1980, Audi’s AWD Quattro system has become synonymous with all wheel drive performance. Its AWD activities have since shifted from that of a rally-only diet to the arena endurance racing in the form of the championship winning R18 e-tron Quattro. For 2014, the Le Mans champion is back to defend its title packing more than just new laser headlights – it has a completely redesigned dual-hybrid system in hand. Read More

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