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Meet Volkswagen I.D. – The EV future VW is betting on

Meet Volkswagen I.D. – The EV future VW is betting on

It's been a tough year for VW, but the German automaker is using "dieselgate" as a launching point for an ambitious electrification strategy detailed at the Paris Motor Show 2016 today. First in Volkswagen Group's EV assault is this, the VW I.D. Concept, a preview of the roughly Golf-sized, all-electric car it aims to have on the market by 2020 and - if all goes according to plan - have autonomously driving around cities by 2025.

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This Volkswagen I.D. is the “electric Golf” for 2020

This Volkswagen I.D. is the “electric Golf” for 2020

Volkswagen has big ambitions for its electric car fleet, and it's previewing the first model at the Paris Motor Show this week, the distinctive VW I.D. Expected to go on sale in 2020 alongside Volkswagen's Golf, the "compact electric car" will be the first such compact vehicle to use the automaker's new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) which underpinned the BUDD-e microbus concept at CES.

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Google Pixel Phone detailed in release-level flying colors

Google Pixel Phone detailed in release-level flying colors

New images of the Google Pixel smartphone (one of two) have leaked, allowing a much clearer look at the simplicity of the company's next vision. Not entirely unlike one of several 3rd-party launchers with circular icons (as we saw earlier this month), this view of the smaller Pixel smartphone shows how the device will present an extremely straightforward way of using one's phone as an information source and app launcher. Google's "G" icon is also quite prevalent without requiring Google's full word brand mark to take up any more room than it needs to.

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Lexus Kinetic Seat Concept includes synthetic spider silk

Lexus Kinetic Seat Concept includes synthetic spider silk

Lexus says it will show off its Kinetic Seat Concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The seat concept features a back rest and seat cushion designed to move kinetically with both external forces and the traveller's own weight, the ultimate goal being to help stabilize one’s head movements as they result from vehicular motion. That is interesting in its own right, but the concept takes things a step further by utilizing spider web designs — and their silk — for design and construction. Says Lexus, a spider web pattern and synthetic spider silk are both used with its seat concept.

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ZTE asked fans for new product ideas: These are the weird results

ZTE asked fans for new product ideas: These are the weird results

Brave or foolhardy, ZTE's attempt to crowdsource the next must-have mobile device has come up with a trio of oddball ideas it's hoping fans will flesh out for a potential production version. Project CSX was announced back in August, with ZTE inviting suggestions for a possible gadget to fit into its 2017 range; now, we know the shortlist.

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This is the concept crossover Lexus hopes to woo Millennials with

This is the concept crossover Lexus hopes to woo Millennials with

Lexus makes big money from its luxury SUVs, and now it's teasing a future where it does the same from tiny versions too. Toyota's luxury arm has taken the wraps off the first teaser shot of the upcoming Lexus UX Concept, a smaller city crossover that will make its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show come September 26.

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Cadillac Escala Concept teases CT6’s super-luxe big brother

Cadillac Escala Concept teases CT6’s super-luxe big brother

Cadillac has slipped the wraps off its latest concept car, the Escala, at Pebble Beach this evening, and it's a beguiling vision of the brand's next super-luxury sedan. Promising to wrap up both the future of Cadillac's design and technological systems into one sinuous vehicle, the Escala may not reach dealer forecourts in quite this form, but it's certainly a heavy-handed hint as to the American automaker's upcoming assault on Mercedes-Benz's S Class, BMW's 7 Series, and Audi's A8.

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Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept images tip lots of high-tech luxury

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept images tip lots of high-tech luxury

A bit more than a week ago we caught our first glimpse at the teaser images that Mercedes-Maybach were tossing online to taunt us with visions of the new and massive luxury coupe concept that would be unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The images showed nothing but a dark photo with a bit of the outline of the 6-meter long car. This week a bunch of images of the concept car have landed online showing us the inside and outside.

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McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept previews slick dimmable roof

McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept previews slick dimmable roof

A new McLaren is always something worth celebrating, and the British automaker's team of fettlers and tweakers have cooked up something particularly special for Pebble Beach this year. The McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept takes the oddly practical 570GT as its core, then lavishes custom parts including a soon-to-be-commercialized Electro-Chromic Roof upon the potent coupe.

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Check out the curved OLED in Cadillac’s latest concept car

Check out the curved OLED in Cadillac’s latest concept car

Cadillac is getting into curved OLED, with the automaker revealing a new concept car interior that spreads a fresh driver and infotainment interface across several arched displays. Scheduled for a full public demonstration later this week at Monterey Car Week, the Cadillac "new design concept" features at least three OLED screens that the company has co-developed with LG Display.

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Zero emission, 100% crazy: Nissan builds its astonishing BladeGlider

Zero emission, 100% crazy: Nissan builds its astonishing BladeGlider

Nissan's bonkers BladeGlider concept was only ever intended to hint at how electrification and driving enthusiasm could work together, so imagine our surprise to find a fully functional version has been made. Shown off at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013, the oddly proportioned three-seater looks more like a wingless jet-fighter than a car, but according to Nissan it could well shape the automaker's future EVs.

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Yamaha 05GEN and 06GEN concepts aim to travel short distances

Yamaha 05GEN and 06GEN concepts aim to travel short distances

Yamaha has unveiled a pair of new concept vehicles called the 05GEN and 06GEN concepts. Neither of these are concepts for vehicles meant to take you to the next city over, rather both are intended to be mobility concepts that take you over short distances. Think from your home to the grocery store a few miles down the road. Yamaha says that both concepts are designed to move in a more leisurely fashion, which presumably means slowly.

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