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Vertu TI: Bizarre luxury smartphone with old Android and crazy $20k price

Vertu TI: Bizarre luxury smartphone with old Android and crazy $20k price

Desperate to get on the Android bandwagon but refuse to accept any of the tastelessly-cheap handsets on the market today? Vertu has the device for you: the new Vertu TI, finally ditching Symbian but bizarrely swapping it for an old version of Android. The ridiculously priced - from $9,600, but as much as $19,900 - TI puts Ice Cream Sandwich on a 3.7-inch handset wrapped in sapphire crystal, titanium, and leather.

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Alfa Romeo 4C finalized (and it’s stunning)

Alfa Romeo 4C finalized (and it’s stunning)

Alfa Romeo has pulled the wraps off the final design of the 4C compact supercar, and in a world of lumpen hybrids and feckless luxo-barges, the rear-wheel drive coupé is a blast of gorgeousness we can't wait to see on US roads this year. Little changed from the original 4C concept first shown in 2011, the Alfa Romeo 4C wraps a curvaceous full-carbon chassis and aluminum body around a new, 4-cylinder 1750 turbocharged all-aluminum engine, which the Italian car company promises will exhibit zero turbo lag.

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Lexus 2014 IS official with F SPORT spice

Lexus 2014 IS official with F SPORT spice

Lexus couldn't help but tease us with a little-pre Detroit show 2014 IS action last week, but the meat of the sports sedan's reveal comes today, with the IS 250, IS 350, and further-heated F SPORT variants being officially revealed. Set to hit showrooms in mid-2013, the all-new cars - including the first hybrid in the IS range, the IS 300h - feature a vast upsizing of the Lexus spindle grille, rear- and all-wheel drive options, and performance features borrowed from the company's bonkers LFA sportscar.

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Cadillac ELR blends EV with luxury

Cadillac ELR blends EV with luxury

Cadillac's thinking big for its reinvention plans, but the new Cadillac ELR is a surprisingly compact four-seater coupe for the luxury tourer market, promising both eco-friendly performance and a cosseting ride. Revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, and set to hit showrooms in early 2014, the ELR is based on Cadillac's Converj concept from 2011, and uses a small gas engine to supplement Li-Ion batteries and electric motors for 300+ mile range.

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Mercedes CLA revealed (and it sure is swoopy)

Mercedes CLA revealed (and it sure is swoopy)

Mercedes has ripped the wrap off its CLA, insisting that the four-door coupé actually kick-starts a new segment altogether, blending luxury, sports, and eye-catching styling. Borrowing more than a few design cues from Mercedes' Concept Style Coupé of last year, the CLA will hit showrooms from April priced from €28,977 ($38,700) though that swiftly rises if you opt for one of the meatier versions with performance closer to the avant-garde looks.

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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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Lexus teases striking new IS ahead of Detroit reveal

Lexus teases striking new IS ahead of Detroit reveal

Lexus has taken the wraps off of its new IS sport sedan, including previewing a meaty looking F SPORT variant, ahead of the car's official launch at the Detroit Auto Show next week. The new IS 250, IS 350, and IS 300h - the first hybrid in the IS series - feature a far bolder spindle grille upfront, distilled from the company's larger models, with more dramatic styling that ramps up the sense of drama from the somewhat conservative current model.

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Steve Jobs’ Venus yacht shown in fresh footage

Steve Jobs’ Venus yacht shown in fresh footage

Steve Jobs' yacht, the Starck-designed Venus, hasn't had an easy time over the holidays, impounded in Amsterdam over unpaid bills, but that gave harbor hunters a chance to snap some new video of the crisp-edged craft. Michiel Frackers took a post-Christmas walk to the former container terminal where Venus was being held, and rather fittingly used an iPhone 5 to film the distinctive yacht as it was being tended to by crew.

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Porsche Design P’9981 gets black re-spray (keeps crazy price)

Porsche Design P’9981 gets black re-spray (keeps crazy price)

Porsche Design and RIM have resurrected the P'9981, the expensive love-it-or-hate-it smartphone that redresses BlackBerry 7 in an angular metal suit, this time in black. The new P'9981 Black has the same touchscreen and QWERTY combo as the silver version we reviewed back in February, as well as a 5-megapixel camera embedded in a leather-covered back, but Porsche Design claims the matte finish case is actually more in keeping with its racing car heritage than the original.

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Mercedes 2014 E-Class revealed

Mercedes 2014 E-Class revealed

Mercedes-Benz has outed the new 2014 E-Class, the latest iteration of its mid-range luxury car, and previewing features set to debut on the upcoming S-Class flagship. The new car - available as a sedan and as a wagon - has a more distinctively "surfaced" front end, with new headlamps (full-LED as an option) and a more distinctive grille, while there are lashings of computer tech under the hood to keep you on the road and away from crushing pedestrians as you waft in your leather-lined cocoon.

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