Video: Dexter Work Sled is one neat creeper

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Dexter Work Sled
Dexter Work Sled – Click above to watch the video after the break
Anyone who’s tried a creeper when working under a car knows that it’s far from a perfect solution. Designer Stéphan Angoulvant saw an opportunity to improve upon the status quo for casual users and car enthusiasts alike. After testing an inexpensive, commonly bought creeper, it became clear to Angoulvant just how much these units hinder, rather than help.
The thought process that brought the Dexter Work Sled to fruition pondered how to develop an emotional tie (other than anger and frustration) to our creepers. From there, the “what ifs” included a wearable vest with tank treads, and finally settled on a hammerhead shark-inspired shape rendered in molded plywood like the famous Eames chairs.
The result is a creeper that’s beautiful and functional, with integrated magnets and LED work lights. The wheels have been pushed out to the sled’s edges, allowing them to be larger, and an easy-to-use brake lets users really crank down on stubborn fasteners without having their work platform slip out from under them. Of course, it’s a nice-looking piece on its own, and it’d be a shame to stain it with oil spills. Check out a video of the sled in action (with a slick mid-’60s Lincoln) after the jump.
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Paris 2010: 2011 Hyundai ix20 is neat, nifty, compact

Filed under: Budget, Paris Motor Show, Hatchback, Hyundai, Diesel

2011 Hyundai ix20

2011 Hyundai ix20 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hyundai’s fluidic design language makes a little car quite handsome, and the ix20 MPV at the Paris Motor Show is the latest to benefit from the rhinoplasty. To our American eyes, it’s a tiny piece of kit to be called an MPV, but the market for European B-segment people-carriers is robust.

Aimed at Continental families, the wheels pushed out to the corners provides a pleasantly roomy interior for a car with its dimensions. Four powerplants can be placed under the hood, two gas engines and two oil-burners ranging from 75 to 122 horsepower. Hyundai has also found room for plenty of safety features, with ESP, ABS, and Hill Start Assist making the list of standard kit.

Hyundai is hoping any further worries will be allayed by the five-year, unlimited mile warranty, and wants to sell 55,000 units of the ix20 annually. There’s a press release on Hyundai’s European charge after the jump, and a high-res gallery of photos below.

Gallery: Paris 2010: Hyundai ix20

Photos copyright (C)2010 Jonathon Ramsey / AOL

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