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Toyota FT-Open concept teases GT86 drop-top plans

Toyota FT-Open concept teases GT86 drop-top plans

Toyota has whipped the wraps off of its FT-Open concept, a compact cabrio set to make its official debut in Geneva next week, and testing the waters for a potential topless GT86. The concept uses a soft-top, rather than the more fashionable folding metal roof, meaning it can keep its 2+2 layout, while the GT86's two-liter, four cylinder "boxer" engine pushes out power through either a 6-speed manual or what Toyota claims is the world's fastest paddle-shift auto, spitting through gears in 2/10ths of a second.

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KIA Cross GT concept crossover teased

KIA Cross GT concept crossover teased

This week at the 2013 Chicago Auto show the next generation of KIA crossover vehicles has been revealed in a teaser image. This image shows a Cross GT concept vehicle with just a few details being revealed, most of them inside smooth lines and a laid-back feel. This vehicle has been tipped as a lovely Urban Vehicle with two-door action and next-generation innards - this we can guess while details involved are quite scant at the moment.

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BlackBerry Z10 renders make the case against iPhone 5

BlackBerry Z10 renders make the case against iPhone 5

The fellow who brought you quite a few ultra-realistic renderings of smartphones and tablets over the past year Martin Hajek has struck again with the BlackBerry Z10. This time he's making the case for a white version of the machine as it sits right next to the iPhone 5, also rendered by this amazingly talented fellow. What's interesting about this device beyond its obvious inclusion in the same generation of smartphone aesthetics as the iPhone 5 is that it is, here, appearing to be a real iPhone competitor - could it be?

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Honda GEAR concept previews trendy city car ambitions

Honda GEAR concept previews trendy city car ambitions

Honda's eye-catching NSX concept unsurprisingly caught the most attention last week, but the Japanese car company also had a fetching urban alternative in the shape of the Honda GEAR concept. Previewed not in Detroit but at the Montreal International Auto Show, the Honda GEAR is an angular sub-compact that the company believes is ideal for "young, urban, Gen-Y lifestyles" - or, in other words, the car the Honda Fit really should've been.

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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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