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Take A Trip: Vehicles Made With Hemp Are Creating A Buzz

Did you know Mercedes' new C-Class cars contain over 40 lbs of hemp? It's true, man, and (unless you're trafficking) you won't find it in the trunk. Since 2002 automakers such as Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Lotus, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Volvo and more have incorporated hemp-based components in their vehicles. Even bike, boat and plane designers are getting in on the action. Makes you wonder just what those dudes are smoking.

Overly Honest Or Overtly Sexist? Rear Window Sign Warns Of Woman Driver Behind The Wheel

A bright yellow MINI seen navigating the Fifth Ring Road in Beijing, China displayed a curious warning to fellow commuters in the form of a handmade rear window sign reading “New Driver – Woman”.

Nissan Leaf Absorbs UV Light By Day, Glows In The Dark At Night!

Nissan is testing an innovative new luminescent paint on their Leaf EV that's powered by nothing more than sunlight. The durable, organic Starpath coating absorbs UV radiation from sunlight, allowing the car's paint to glow for up to ten hours after sundown.

Rolls-Royce's First SUV To Reach Showrooms By Late 2018

Rolls-Royce has officially confirmed longstanding rumors by announcing the forthcoming debut of the company's first SUV. If the words “sport” and “utility” seem rather uncouth, fear not: RR has code-named it “Cullinan” (after the famous 3,000 carat diamond) and is disdaining the term SUV in favor of “high-bodied car”.

Hangzhou Police Roll Out "Saber-Toothed Tiger" Anti-Riot Vehicle

Police in Hangzhou, China are getting tough – Ford Tough – when it comes to defusing riots. Dubbed the “Saber-Toothed Tiger”, the heavily modified and armored Ford F-550 Super Duty truck is ready to put the bite on fomenters of urban unrest.

Plastic Fantastic! The 2014 SPE Innovation Award Winners

For 44 years the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE for short) has recognized manufacturers for the Year's Most Innovative Use of Plastics via the annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. Let's take a closer look at the category and Grand Award winners for 2014.

2016 Ram Laramie Limited Keeps On Truckin' With Bold New Badging

The Ram full-size pickup truck from FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) is coming off its best annual sales in a decade so you might have noticed more of these boldly styled trucks on the road. Just in case you haven't, the upcoming 2016 Ram Laramie Limited boasts badging that's simply impossible to ignore.

2014 PACE Awards: Celebration Of Motor Technological Innovation

For twenty years the annual PACE Awards have celebrated technological innovation in the automotive industry. This year 33 finalists will compete for awards recognizing noteworthy achievements in products, manufacturing processes, and information technology. This rundown of 2014's winners in the Product category illustrates what it takes to set the PACE.

Snow Crawler Snowmobile Concept: Not Your Grandfather's Skidoo

The Snow Crawler snowmobile concept from Polish designer Michal Bonikowski not only traverses wintry environments, it protects them as well thanks to an all-electric, environmentally friendly powertrain.

2015 Vauxhall Corsa's Optional Camouflage Net Tones Down Bright Bodies

You'll wonder where the yellow (and red, orange or green) went thanks to an optional camouflage net car cover designed for the new 2015 Vauxhall Corsa. The British carmaker describes the net as an “essential accessory” that could save owners of brightly-colored Vauxhalls from being accused of “ruining” tourist snapshots of national historic sites.


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