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MINI Superleggera Vision: British History Meets Italian Elegance

BMW-owned MINI and Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera have teamed up to create the MINI Superleggera Vision concept sports car. The open-topped, electric-powered two seater flaunts a hand-shaped and formed aluminum body styled to evoke the classic roadsters of British automotive history.

Toyota Aygo: With This City Car's Fourth Generation, X Marks The Spot

The Toyota Aygo (“I Go”, get it?) has enjoyed considerable success in its European market niche over the past decade but something's always been lacking... mainly, memorable styling. That's about to change in a big way. The fourth generation Toyota Aygo offers surprisingly bold styling (especially from the front) and a new slogan, “Go Fun Yourself”. Same to you, Toyota Aygo.

Snow Globe Rings Let You Give Winter The Finger

How do snow globes fit in today's digital world? By fitting on your digit, of course. Snow Globe Rings from Toumei of Japan encase the iconic symbols of the world's five most famous cities in miniature spherical wearable snow globes.

Nimble Cargo Scooters Make Local Shopping More Fun

The California-made Nimble Cargo Scooter is a practical, fun alternative to shopping by bicycle. These sturdy, safe and simply-made scooters are ideal for local pick-ups, especially when bringing home large or unwieldy items like watermelons or cases of beer.

Debt Penalty: The Top 10 Abandoned Luxury Cars Of The UAE

Life in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or any of the other United Arab Emirates can be very good indeed but the fun can come to a screeching halt should you bounce a check or miss a credit card payment. Non-payment of debt – any debt, any amount – is a criminal offense in the UAE and rather than face the music an astonishing number of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and other high-end car owners park their pricy rides at the airport and hop on an outbound jet, never to return.

Majestic Drink Holder Looks Awesome As It Locks Down Your Soda

The Majestic Drink Holder is to standard auto cup-holders what the Luxury Fries Holder is to McDonalds' cheesy red plastic Potato Holder, offering awesome looks augmented with a Swarovski-studded padlock. Hey, at least your secured soda will have some taste.

World's First Electric Wooden Bike Leads The Charge To Sustainable Cycling

Bough Bikes is a world leader in the field of handmade all-wood bicycles, having produced over 300 pedal-powered two-wheelers from sustainably harvested French Oak. Now the Dutch manufacturer is, ahem, branching out into electrobikes, showing off two prototype electric wooden bikes at this year's NYCxDesign.

Photo Shock: Lighting A Vehicle From Beneath The Ice Of Frozen Lake Baikal

A photographer looking for an innovative new way of lighting his automotive subject decided to illuminate the vehicle from beneath... and by beneath, we mean under the yard-thick, crystal clear ice of frozen-over Lake Baikal.

Jaguar To Complete Lightweight Special E-type Production Run After 50 Years

A half-century ago, Jaguar built 12 “Lightweight” E-types for the 1964 racing season. The original plans called for 18 cars, however. Now Jaguar plans to complete, by hand, the remaining 6 Special GT E-Types using the originally designated chassis numbers.

2015 Cadillac CTS-V Special Edition Coupe Limited To 500 Cars, 3 Colors

The 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Special Edition is Cadillac's way of closing out this sleek two-door model in style. The all-new 2016 CTS-V is only being offered as a sedan, so a mere 500 coupe fans will have a chance to drive a very special Caddy into the sunset.

Want This New Invention? Your Own Personal Solar-Powered Cloud

On a hot and sunny day there is nothing like a big, fluffy cumulus cloud to create a bit of relaxing shade. But, oh, they seem to move off all too quickly. Believe it or not, there is something you can do about this. You can have a Solar-Powered Cumulus Parasol. It is like owning your own little piece of the sky.

Czar & Driver: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Russian Automobiles

Russia is known more for cranking out tractors and tanks than designing and manufacturing quality motor vehicles, which might explain why the world's largest country makes some of the world's strangest cars.

Fiat Abarth 595 Turismo Rocks The Catwalk In Rosso & Grigio

The UK-only Fiat Abarth 595 Turismo may be the most stunning Fiat 500 variant yet. Sporting two-tone livery of metallic Rosso Officina topped by Grigio Pista, Fiat's pocket rocket has never looked so good.

Veloschmitt's KR E-250 Personal Transporter: The Messerschmitt Reloaded

If the Veloschmitt KR E-250 looks oddly familiar, you might have spent a little too much time in post-war Germany. Designers Achim Adlfinger and Fred Zimmermann have been there and now they've done that, evoking the spirit of Messerschmitt's quirky KR200 Kabinenroller in this three-wheeled pedal/electric velomobile.

Cockroach iPhone Case For The iPhone 5: Ideal For Insect Texting

The Cockroach iPhone case surrounds your precious iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s with tough yet flexible silicone designed to imitate one of natures most successful species. That's good. The Cockroach iPhone case looks, well, like a six-inch long cockroach. That's... not so good.

Mitsuoka Orochi Takes Final Bow With Five-Unit Final Edition

Our long international automotive nightmare is about to end as the Mitsuoka Orochi, slammed by many as one of the world's ugliest production vehicles, nears the end of its eight-year run. Only five special Final Edition vehicles will be sold to deep-pocketed buyers looking for a far out of the ordinary far-eastern wannabe supercar.

Japan's Nankai Electric Railway Animates Transportation With A Blazing Red Mobile Suit Gundam Train

Gundam it, Japan's Nankai Electric Railway knows how to celebrate special occasions in style! To mark the 20th anniversary of their Airport Line, passengers can ride the Mobile Suit Gundam UC - Neo Zeon Limited Express Rapi:t train and stock up on some cool commemorative swag.

One Of A Kind “Man of Steel” Dodge RAM Truck Auctioned Off For Charity

You can keep your Batmobile, Superman's truck is where it's at! A unique Dodge RAM 2500 Power Wagon made to promote Warner Brothers' blockbuster action film “Man Of Steel” has hit the auction block. The quintessential quad cab comes with a host of super-features though the winning bidder will have to provide his (or her) own cape.

Vanhawks Valour: A Pedal-Powered High-Tech Connected Bike

The innovative Vanhawks Valour is a high-tech connected bike with a surprisingly low-tech power source: its rider. The stylish two-wheeler is anything but primitive, however. The stealthy carbon fiber frame features built-in Bluetooth 4.0 and a host of safety sensors that interact with a companion app.

Award-winning Custom 1964 Buick Riviera Took 20,000 Hours To Build

Wouldn't you really rather have THIS Buick? A radically customized 1964 Buick Riviera named “Rivision” has won the Ridler Award for America's most creative and innovative custom car. Looks like the 20,000 hours of labor and $300,000 worth of parts Canadian car customizer J.F. Launier put into the mellow yellow retro Riv paid off big time.