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Devil in the Details: Up close with Lincoln’s Continental Concept

Devil in the Details: Up close with Lincoln’s Continental Concept

When you're resurrecting a name most associated with pampered land-yachts of the 60s and 70s, you can either fight it or - as Lincoln has with the new Continental Concept - embrace it, shag pile and all. A vision in navy blue and chrome, the meaty sedan previews, so the Lincoln Motor Company says, next year's production Continental, undoubtedly shedding some of the more outlandish features in favor of commercial viability. That'll be a shame, though, since as I discovered at the New York Auto Show today, what the Continental Concept excels at is detailing.

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Volkswagen at New York Auto Show: four Beetles, SportWagen Alltrack

Volkswagen at New York Auto Show: four Beetles, SportWagen Alltrack

The New York International Auto Show 2015 kicks into high gear this week, and Volkswagen is ready not with one nor two but five models to show off. Granted, four of them are concepts, but considering they're legacy, they are more than noteworthy. In time for the 60th anniversary of the Beetle line, the car maker is announcing four Beetle concepts, two of which are convertibles: the Beetle Convertible Denim, the Bettle Convertible Wave, the Beetle R-Line, and the pink, yes pink, Beetle Pink Color Edition. Plus, the Golf SportsWagen gets an all-terrain brother.

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Lincoln Continental Concept quietly sneaks in luxury

Lincoln Continental Concept quietly sneaks in luxury

While others make a great noise about their latest, greatest, and most luxurious, Lincoln is of the opposite mindset. It believes that luxury isn't loud, obnoxious, or in your face but one that is quietly just that: luxurious. That is the statement and the gamble that the car maker is willing to make with the return of the Lincoln Continental, not as a final version but as a concept preview of what is to come. Somewhat ironically, due to the name's history, the revelation is causing some noise in the automobile world.

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Ram takes wraps off Texas Ranger concept pickup truck

Ram takes wraps off Texas Ranger concept pickup truck

Ram has introduced a new pickup truck concept at the Dallas Auto Show, and most fittingly that truck is called the Texas Ranger. Chuck Norris jokes aside, the Texas Ranger aims to appeal to Texans' love of trucks, and brings with its a distinct Ram 1500 design flavor and a Texas Ranger badge insignia in various places, lending a visual to the name. The concept isn't surprising, given that Texans drive more trucks than drivers in any of the other states; Ram says its truck sales in the state are about 2.5 times higher than its truck sales in the second-slot state.

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I hitched a ride in Mercedes’ F 015 self-driving car

I hitched a ride in Mercedes’ F 015 self-driving car

When you take away the driving from the driver, what do the meat-popsicles inside an autonomous car do while the AI is at the wheel? That's the question Mercedes-Benz has tackled with the F 015 Luxury in Motion, a dramatically different approach to the future of transportation. Starting with the assumption that space will eventually be the biggest luxury, the self-driving concept treats driving much in the same way that a smartphone does the voice call: just one of many features and, as I discovered when I hitched a ride in the space-age pod, no longer the most important.

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Up close with F 015, Mercedes’ incredible self-driving car

Up close with F 015, Mercedes’ incredible self-driving car

Mercedes-Benz dropped jaws back at CES 2015 in January when its autonomous F 015 Luxury in Motion concept drove onto the opening keynote stage. Then, the UFO-like prototype turned heads when the German firm drove it through the streets of San Francisco last week. The size of an S Class but markedly different from every angle, not only can the F 015 drive itself and four people, but do so surrounded with ridiculous levels of both technology and luxury. So, when Mercedes-Benz asked us if we'd like to check out the F 015 in person, an opportunity to get closer to the autonomous car than ever before, we didn't turn them down.

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Mercedes’ self-driving car is in San Francisco, but it’s still on the leash

Mercedes’ self-driving car is in San Francisco, but it’s still on the leash

Mercedes-Benz may have brought its self-driving F 015 Luxury in Motion car to the streets of San Francisco unexpectedly, but so far the autonomous concept hasn't been let off its human leash in the city. The F 015, unveiled back at CES in January, was spotted over the past few days in a variety of locations around the West Coast city, and though Mercedes apparently used a trailer for the main transportation, several bystanders reported seeing it in action. At the time, however, the concept's silvered windows meant it wasn't possible to see whether a human or a computer was at the wheel.

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Goodyear concept tire helps power electric cars

Goodyear concept tire helps power electric cars

As the market for electric cars continues to grow, the main concern that remains for consumers is the vehicles' potential limited range, or how far they can drive before needing to be recharged. While bigger, longer-lasting batteries would always be nice, a possible solution may come from the cars' own tires. At the recent Geneva International Auto Show, Goodyear unveiled its BH03 concept tire, which generates electricity by converting the heat it builds up while driving down the road.

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Lexus LF-SA Concept wants to chew up Smart and MINI

Lexus LF-SA Concept wants to chew up Smart and MINI

It may look like a Predator helmet mounted on ridiculous alloy wheels, but the Lexus LF-SA Concept is actually pretty sensible: think Alien-hunter for the urban dweller. Freshly revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this week, the diminutive two-door is Lexus' take on the ultra-compact, sub-B-segment that Smart plays in. Less than 136 inches long and 67 inches wide, there's hardly enough space on the front to mount the company's ever-more-gaping spindle grille, here looking as though it's puckering up to the Lexus badge.

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Peugeot’s Quartz is our post-apocalyptic monster truck of choice

Peugeot’s Quartz is our post-apocalyptic monster truck of choice

It's not often you see a car and instantly start looking round for Tina Turner to strut out in complete Mad Max get-up, but if there was ever a concept to get the big-voiced singer back into a leather corset, Peugeot's Quartz is it. The French car company brought the Quartz SUV along to Geneva this week to show off its interpretation of what a luxury AWD beast might look like if you didn't mind terrifying everybody else on the road. But don't let the fearsome looks fool you entirely: Quartz is a hybrid.

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