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Volkswagen’s CrossBlue SUV is one huge iPad mini dock

Volkswagen’s CrossBlue SUV is one huge iPad mini dock

Apple's iPad mini could get itself a huge new ride, if Volkswagen green-lights production on the six-seater CrossBlue SUV concept shown off at the North American International Auto Show today. Coupling ample interior space with surprising efficiency given the bulk, thanks to a diesel-electric hybrid engine capable of 35mpg combined - or 89mpge in all-electric mode, albeit with a maximum range of just 14 miles - the CrossBlue looks to Apple's tinier tablet for its rear passengers, with dual docks for a pair of the iPads in the back of the front-row headrests.

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Samsung demos curved phone concepts (plus what’s likely the Galaxy S4 display)

Samsung demos curved phone concepts (plus what’s likely the Galaxy S4 display)

Samsung may have had big screens on its mind at CES, but the company also previewed what might be the display the Galaxy S IV (aka Galaxy S4) is blessed with, together with the flexible AMOLED we'd really like it to have. Buried on the company's stand was a display of curved AMOLED concepts under Samsung's YOUM brand, AnandTech reports, with the panels curving around the edges and sides of the mock-up devices. More imminent, however, is a 4.99-inch 1080p Full HD screen running at a luscious 440ppi, which is likely to find its way into Samsung's next Android flagship.

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Lincoln MKC Concept looks to crossover to rescue brand

Lincoln MKC Concept looks to crossover to rescue brand

Lincoln isn't relying solely on a name change to turn around its fortunes; the car company has whipped the wraps off of its new MKC Concept, a compact luxury crossover it hopes will find it some buyers in the premium SUV category. Bold lines and the company's distinctive grille are accompanied by frameless windows and some impressive 20-inch wheels, while inside there's lashings of leather and up-to-the-minute driving controls.

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Plastic Logic and Intel team on PaperTab to finally undermine trees

Plastic Logic and Intel team on PaperTab to finally undermine trees

Plastic Logic, Intel, and Queen's University have revealed a new tablet using a flexible plastic display, the PaperTab, with a 10.7-inch near-indestructible display and a Core i5 processor. The PaperTab, part of Canadian university Queen's Human Media Lab research, aims to finally replace paper with a color display and an innovative new interface which tries to mimic physical stacks of documents.

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BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe previews mid-range lust magnet

BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe previews mid-range lust magnet

You can tell a lot about a company from its concepts, and judging by the Concept 4 Series Coupé, BMW is ready to go big in mid-range sports models. Slotting in just about the 3 Series, and continuing BMW's even-numbered specialist model strategy, the Concept 4 Series Coupé is lower, longer, and wider than its smaller sibling, with the traditional kidney grille and headlamps pinched down for an angry snout, and connected with an "optical fiber" that snakes out from the inner headlight tube and to the grille itself.

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BMW i3 Concept Coupe eyes-on at LA Auto Show

BMW i3 Concept Coupe eyes-on at LA Auto Show

Enter the BMW i3 Coupe - an eco-friendly little tech-friendly amalgamation of excellence inside and out, and one that's essentially just been revealed this week. As we spoke about just yesterday, this machine brings on an inter-car communications system, smartphone connectivity, and of course, a 170HP electric motor slice with lithium-ion batteries inside. It's all topped off by a hardcore lighter yet stronger than steel CFRP (carbon reinforced plastic) passenger cell.

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BMW i8 Spyder Concept eyes-on at LA Auto Show

BMW i8 Spyder Concept eyes-on at LA Auto Show

This week we're having a peek at several conceptual and near-market vehicles at the LA Auto Show 2012, today's gems being a couple of BMW concept cars, one of them the most recent iteration of the BMW i8 Spyder Concept in its near-final-form. This vehicle is a plug-in hybrid machine able to reach 20 miles using only electricity, and with an amazing looking body and current real-world statistics and specifications in-tact, this machine looks just about as road-ready as we'd like - for now though, it's still only a dream.

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Mercedes-Benz shows off Ener-G-Force concept vehicle

Mercedes-Benz shows off Ener-G-Force concept vehicle

Mercedes-Benz recently participated in a design challenge called the Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012. The goal of the design channel was to design a Highway Patrol vehicle for 2025. Apparently, Mercedes-Benz's idea of the future is more than a little post-apocalyptic because its concept vehicle for the design competition is a massive off-road 4 x 4.

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