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Volkswagen Stretch Bus

As one of the forerunners of the modern cargo and passenger vans, the VW microbus gave rise to forward control competitors in the United States in the 1960s, including the Ford Econoline, the Dodge A100, and the Chevrolet Corvair 95 Corvan, the latter adopting the Type 2's rear-engine configuration. This custom-built stretch version by Aspen247 is currently on sale for $220,000. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover

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When sports car-styling meets pickup truck, you get the Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Concept, unveiled at NAIAS in Detroit yesterday. It's nimble enough to navigate city streets and cramped parking lots in daily driving, but large enough to transport cargo on the weekends. Equipped with Hyundai's HTRAC all-wheel drive system, it's powered by a 2.0L turbo diesel engine that generates 190 hp (142 kW) and 300 lb-ft (407 Nm) of torque, with fuel economy in the high 30 mpg (around 6.2 L/100 km) range. Continue reading for the full unveiling, more pictures and additional information.

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Jaguar Motorcycle 7MC

Jaguar's Project 7 is based on the F-TYPE Convertible, powered by a 5.0 V8 Supercharged engine, developing 575 PS (423 kW). Only 250-units will be made and it's Jaguar's most powerful production car to date. The body is 100% aluminium, reminiscing historical D-Type LeMans winner. Now the Jaguar Project 7MC is what a motorcycle based on the car might look like. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Mike Hudson Van Dog Traveller

Previously a systems engineer Mike Hudson decided to quit his job and break everyday routines for a life filled with the unknown. After giving away most of his worldly possessions, he started converting a rundown, 10-year-old van into a mobile home he calls "Vandog". It took approximately 5-months of hard work to turn the rundown LDV Convoy into a livable home, complete with a timber-lined interior with an extendable bed, a large hammock, small office area, lots of storage space, a sound system, refrigerator, a gas burner, sink, a shower, toilet, a pressurized water system (hot water on demand), and even solar-powered LED lighting. An LPG cylinder stores gasoline (used for power) that can be refilled cheaply at petrol stations. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

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Broon F8 Supercar Kids

Adults have the Tesla Model S P85D, and soon kids will have the Broon F8 to drive around. Priced at $1000, this electric supercar of sorts boasts a four-wheel drive system, LED headlights, touchscreen tablet controls and even an entertainment system. If your child happens to fall asleep at the wheel, intelligent drive assist can be controlled remotely. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Leif eSnowboard

When you combine an electric skateboard with the riding style of a snowboard, you get the Leif eSnowboard. In other words, the ride features wide trucks in front and back, with a a narrow caster wheel in the center that's set on a rotating plate and powered by a dedicated 2,000-watt brushless electric motor. This acts as a third wheel capable of spinning 360°, sharpening the board's turning capabilities with omnidirectional driven power. This 360-degree power allows the board to mimic the floaty, low-friction turning power that a snowboard has courtesy of the snow underneath its waxy base. Continue reading for a video more pictures and additional information.

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Mini Ripsaw

What happens when you combine tank tracks with an ATV, Howe and Howe Technologies' Mini Ripsaw of course. Think of it as a bike with tracks designed to take you where two wheels can't, powered by an 85hp four-cylinder engine that can handle the toughest of terrains, including dirt, snow, mud and even shallow lakes. Continue reading to see this beast in-action and for more information.

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Ninebot One

Ninebot One looks like something straight from a science fiction film, but it's a real gadget that you can buy now. When fully-charged, this self-balancing unicycle has a top speed of 12.5mph, and a maximum range of 18-miles. Its frame is crafted from magnesium alloy to ensure maximum performance and the most skid resistance. Product page. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Terrafugia TF-X

We have seen the future of automobiles, and some of them will take to the skies. Starting off, there's the Terrafugia TF-X, which has an air cruising speed of 200 mph, and a range 500 miles (805 km) without needing to refuel or recharge. If the driver sets it in automatic mode, they'll be able to automatically avoid other air traffic, along with inclement weather, restricted airspace and tower-controlled airspace. That's not all, this flying car will also automatically land itself at the destination - manual override is included should they notice any hazards at the chosen landing site. Continue reading for more.

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Hyperloop Train

Billionaire inventor Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla, SpaceX and PayPal, unveiled a futuristic plan for a new type of transport a year ago that would shoot capsules of passengers along a tube at around the speed of sound. He suggests that it would take a mere half hour to travel the 381 mile distance from Los Angeles to San Francisco, which is approximately half the time it takes by plane. The Hyperloop concept is based on the pneumatic tubes that fire capsules of paperwork between floors in offices, but in this case, they would carry peoplein low-pressure tubes to minimize turbulence and maximize speed. Continue reading for another video of Elon Musk explaining the idea and more information.

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