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Four years after the debut of the Scion, Toyota unveiled an all-new sport coupe concept called Fuse yesterday at the New York auto show press preview. Like Toyota's concept minivan, the F3R, and their Fine-T (a concept fuel cell hybrid), the focus was on integrating entertainment into the driving experience—as seen in the video display that stretches along the dash, a trunk that folds down into a curb-high bench, and a built-in detachable drink cooler. Key-shaped door sensors, personal sunroofs, dual exhausts ringed by fog and reverse lamps, 20-inch wheels with LEDs that light up as turn indicators, and a speed-activated spoiler are some of the details taking the lifestyle car to the next level. More info and images on the Fuse, the Toyota F3R and T-Fine, and a closer look at Saab's Aero X after the jump and in tomorrow's Cool Hunting Video.

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The Fuse owes its mean-looking profile to a design based on Japanese HAKO super GT racing cars, the helmet-inspired wraparound windshield, and programmable color options for headlights and fog lights.

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Passing a foot under an infrared sensor below the bumper opens the nouveau tailgate and fold-out speakers make the car into a mobile lounge.

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The steering wheel features a drive-by-wire interface that uses elements from race cars and video games. Multi-informational 10.5-inch screens play movies, video games, feature Wi-Fi connectivity, and the passenger seat folds flat into a table or footrest in "video mode" and display driver information when in "driving mode."

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Custom images can be downloaded to play on the LCD screen that's concealed behind the front emblem.

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Premiered at the 2005 Tokyo auto show as the Fine-X, the Fine-T is Toyota's groundbreaking foray into a fuel cell hybrid system that features environmentally-friendly interior materials, video camera monitors, motorized "Welcome Seats" that enable easy entry and exit, gull-wing doors, a drive-by-wire system, and in-wheel motors that increased maneuverability and control.

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Toyota's next-level minivan takes cues from Japanese design elements—what they call the "J-Factor"—resulting in a bold front-end. Other features include a rear angled pillar that provides a widescreen view out the back, stadium seating for up to eight passengers, fiber-optic lighting panels, two track-mounted flat-panel video screens, and seating that swivels and reclines to create a living room-like environment.

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Saab's Aero X made the rounds a couple months back, but the knob- and dial-eliminating clear acrylic data panels, cockpit-style canopy (which eliminates doors and pillars and makes for 180-degree vision), bioethanol-powered engine, and all-LED lighting system, are innovations well-worth a second look.

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