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Gorgeous Mazda RX-Vision Concept puts Wankel back in spotlight

Gorgeous Mazda RX-Vision Concept puts Wankel back in spotlight

Mazda has provided a peek at a possible future as well as celebrated a link to the past with the Mazda RX-Vision Concept, unveiled today at the Tokyo Motor Show. The low-slung GT car drew a crowd for more than just its sultry looks, as the Japanese brand expounded on the ties between its sporting heritage and rotary engine design and the - presumably - two-rotor mill found under the hood of the concept car.

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Driving this electric Honda was more fun than the new NSX

Driving this electric Honda was more fun than the new NSX

You know something is up when a Honda engineer giggles while he's talking to you about his car. Turns out, the Honda "4-Motor Electric SH-AWD with Precision All-Wheel Steer" prototype - a clunky name for a heavily modified CR-Z - is enough to cut through the usual restrained enthusiasm of Honda Japan's handling experts, and turn them into squeaking fanboys. Then I drove it myself, and instantly understood why.

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Renault Corbusier Concept Celebrates Famous Architect

Renault Corbusier Concept Celebrates Famous Architect

Normally when we talk about a concept car, there are some details about the concept to go along with a few images. That isn’t the case with this Renault concept car, and it’s a shame. This is one of the sexiest cars that Renault has ever designed and it was made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of the French architect and artists known as Le Corbusier.

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Mitsubishi concept projects turn signal indicators onto the road

Mitsubishi concept projects turn signal indicators onto the road

Mitsubishi Electric has unveiled a new kind of turning indicator concept for cars that aims to make signals much clearer for pedestrians and cyclists nearby, rather than just the other vehicles in front or behind. The system projects LED lighting onto the ground around the car, indicating its path and direction, making it safer and more obvious for anyone nearby.

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Toyota S-FR tipped to pack 1.5L 128hp four

Toyota S-FR tipped to pack 1.5L 128hp four

A few days back Toyota unveiled three new concept cars that will be on display at the Tokyo motor show. Among those cars was the slightly odd looking S-FR sports car. A forum set up specifically for that car now claims to have the specifications for the concept car, how exactly why got them is unclear so salt is needed.

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Just how likely are cars with helper-drones?

Just how likely are cars with helper-drones?

As arch-creator of concept car follies, Rinspeed is no stranger to outlandish designs, but just how practical is the drone-equipped Etos? The self-driving concept can deploy a similarly self-flying unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from a bay at the back, with a variety of potential uses that include delivering forgotten items or filming particularly interesting stretches of road.

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Rinspeed Etos driverless concept car features a drone landing pad

Rinspeed Etos driverless concept car features a drone landing pad

It's the season for major auto shows and new concept cars are debuting all around the world in the coming months. Rinspeed is waiting until January to show off its latest concept car and rather than doing it at a major auto show, Rinspeed has chosen to debut its car at CES 2016. CES is increasingly becoming a place for high-tech cars to be shown off and unveiled.

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Mitsubishi eX Concept brings augmented reality to the windshield

Mitsubishi eX Concept brings augmented reality to the windshield

Mitsubishi isn't waiting until the Tokyo Motor Show later this month to announce it newest crossover SUV concept, the eX. While it may feature a somewhat edgy, futuristic exterior design that will surely be reeled-in before ever hitting a consumer vehicle, it's actually the technology on the inside that Mitsubishi is showing off. Instead of using a heads-up display that we're seeing more often in cars these days, the eX Concept features a windshield enhanced with augmented reality (AR).

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Toyota unveils three concept cars including odd S-FR

Toyota unveils three concept cars including odd S-FR

Toyota is teasing a trio of new concept cars ahead of their official debut at the Tokyo motor show. All three of the cars are Toyota’s vision of the future of mobility and include the FCV Plus, KIKAI, and the S-FR. The latter is the yellow car in the image that looks like a cross between a Ford with the giant front grille and a BMW M coupe.

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Mitsubishi EMIRAI 3 xDAS concept can sense drivers’ condition

Mitsubishi EMIRAI 3 xDAS concept can sense drivers’ condition

Not all car makers have completely jumped aboard the self-driving train. Some have preferred to stay on the periphery, slowly adding features that make cars smarter while still putting the driver in complete control. Mitsubishi's latest concept car is one such example of the latter. Instead of putting in your own personal robotic driver, the EMIRAI 3 xDAS feels more like having a doctor always on call, ready to alert the driver, or maybe someone else, should it sense something wrong with his or her physical condition.

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Mercedes’ CES “digital drivestyle” concept could come to real cars in 2016

Mercedes’ CES “digital drivestyle” concept could come to real cars in 2016

As the digital world takes an increasingly omnipresent role in our lives, automakers are clawing to keep up. Apparently that gap will narrow a bit in just a few months, when Mercedes-Benz will introduce futuristic tech it originally discussed at the 2012 CES, next year.

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Lexus made a live-size IS sedan with laser-cut cardboard

Lexus made a live-size IS sedan with laser-cut cardboard

Following Lexus' Hoverboard concept, and the RC-F with glowing, heartbeat-projecting paint, the car maker's latest art/technology project involves cardboard. A lot of cardboard, in fact. Down to the last detail, Lexus has created an exact replica of its new IS sedan using 1,700 pieces of laser-cut cardboard. The model even goes so far as interior details like the seats, steering wheel, and dashboard. Oh, and did we mention that it actually works?

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