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    Like celebrity reality TV shows, concept cars are a tantalizing glimpse into a life we can approximate, but never fully enjoy ourselves. Take this Fiat Lussino concept, for example. "Lussino" is derived from the Italian word lusso, or "luxury". "Ino" makes it "small luxury". It's the work of LA-based industrial designer Joseph Martinez, and the compact sedan isn't a million miles away from the sort of product Fiat could sell alongside its 500 city car. Joseph's design renderings show the car compared to various vehicles--it's larger than a Fiat 500, around the same length as the MINI Clubman...

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    You'll no doubt be familiar with the term 'platform sharing', a name given to basic automotive architecture that finds itself used on a variety of models in a range, or even across manufacturers. The basic underpinnings of a Volkswagen Golf can also be found under an Audi TT, A3, Volkswagen Jetta...

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