The Range Rover Ve­lar, must-have gad­gets and the new Black­Berry.

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Meet the Range Rover Ve­lar. Un­veiled at the Lon­don De­sign Mu­seum this month, its par­ent com­pany Land Rover says this car’s aes­thetic is an ex­er­cise in re­duc­tion­ism – ev­ery stray line has been tamed. This is most ev­i­dent in­side, where Land Rover’s de­sign­ers have been busy ban­ish­ing but­tons from the dash­board. The in-car hard­ware – a pair of high-def­i­ni­tion screens – has been built by Pana­sonic. It of­fers a full touch­screen ex­pe­ri­ence, and you can flick con­tent and con­trols be­tween the screens in the car. Land Rover has kept hap­tic ‘magic rings’ in­side to make it less dis­tract­ing to con­trol while you’re on the move. We’re also happy to see a non-leather in­te­rior made out of a new polyester/wool mix that the com­pany says is as durable and easy to clean as its cow-based coun­ter­part. And their most fru­gal en­gine will of­fer an im­pres­sive 52.5mpg, ap­par­ently. But we’ll re­serve our judg­ment un­til we test one later in the year.

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