Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

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Picking a Windows hybrid can be a difficult decision, but Gizmag is here to lend a helping...

Desktop operating systems have traditionally been mouse and keyboard affairs, but since the introduction of Windows 8 we’ve seen a wealth of convertible, touchscreen-toting laptops and hybrid machines hit the shelves. With different systems taking notably different approaches to the 2-in-1 form-factor, picking a hybrid machine can be one of the toughest decisions in tech. Join Gizmag, as we compare the top Windows hybrids, aka convertibles or 2-in-1s.  Read More

The VIZIV GT gets an extreme body kit

The grand parade of Vision Gran Turismos continues. Subaru took the cloth off a Vision Gran Turismo design based on the VIZIV 2 concept it showed earlier this year, hanging a dramatic body kit on an already eye-catching concept car. The car packs the most aggressive styling and specs in Subaru's history, including 591 hp of turbo hybrid power.  Read More

Toyota's pending double championship win with a car producing significantly more horspower...

Toyota Racing has won the Six Hours of Bahrain, completing its fifth victory from seven races of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season and giving Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi the WEC drivers' title with a race to spare. The weekend's result almost guarantees Toyota's TS040 Hybrid will also win the WEC manufacturers' World Championship, extending its lead over Audi to 40 points with only 44 points available in the final race at Sao Paulo on November 30.  Read More

The new Venue 11 Pro represents a modest, but tangible upgrade over its predecessor

Dell has refreshed its Venue 11 Pro 7000 series hybrid tablet, updating both its internals and its external design. Like its predecessor, the new machine has a lot in common with Microsoft’s Surface Pro, straddling the line between tablet and notebook.  Read More

Acer's Aspire Switch 12 is can be used as a tablet, notebook or all-in-one

Acer has produced a number of hybrid systems over the last year, but the Aspire 12 is one of its most versatile machines yet. The new system offers five different usage modes, including all-in-one functionality.  Read More

Lenovo's new 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 runs on Windows 8.1 and treads the line between tablet ...

Lenovo has announced the 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2, a Windows 8.1 system that offers familiar Yoga aesthetics. The new addition to the Yoga Tablet 2 family completes the Android/Windows pairings announced earlier this month, and presents an interesting blend of tablet and Ultrabook.  Read More

Artist's impression of the Krossblade SkyCruiser over London

Can’t decide if you want an airplane, a helicopter, or a flying car? Then why not all three at once? Arizona-based start-up Krossblade seems to think the same way with its SkyCruiser concept – an electric hybrid aircraft that not only switches between being an airplane and a quadcopter, but can be driven on the road as well.  Read More

Initially designed for as an electrical generator, Namikoshi realized that its 4-in-1 engi...

One of the many challenges facing engine designers is the need to increase power output while simultaneously retaining or improving efficiency. Although a four-cylinder engine is still an engineering marvel, there remain many friction points that reduce energy output. Namikoshi Electronics of Japan believes its unorthodox 4-in-1 concept engine could provide an alternative powerplant to the automobile industry.  Read More

Kia believes the T-Hybrid powertrain will raise performance and fuel economy (Photo: C.C. ...

The Paris Motor Show was stuffed so full of dazzling concept and production cars we had to split our photo round-up into separate galleries showcasing French design, adventure vehicles and general highlights. At such a show, it would have been quite easy to overlook a a plain white Kia Optima tucked away in a far corner. However, that low-key car was the base of one of the more interesting technological concepts in Paris: a 48-volt hybrid with electric supercharging.  Read More

French automakers in Paris (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

With introductions like the Renault EOLAB and Citroën C4 Cactus Airflow in the days leading up to the 2014 Paris Motor Show, it became obvious that the French had big plans for their home show. French automakers, big and small, didn't disappoint, showing a multitude of highly stylized, tech-heavy concepts and vehicles during the show. They had such a strong showing, in fact, that we thought it appropriate to give them a dedicated space separate from our main Paris wrap-up. Here's what the French have to say about modern vehicle design.  Read More

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