Images: Cars built to entertain

Images: Cars built to entertain

Summary: At the 2006 International Auto Show, carmakers show off rolling living rooms with built-in iPods, Xboxes or DVD players.

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  • Nissan Urge

    At the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, carmakers are showing off rolling living rooms, banking on built-in gadgets as a key selling point for today's youth.

    For those more interested in entertainment than alternative energy, Nissan Motor has the Urge. The 6-speed-manual, rear-wheel-drive prototype features a built-in Xbox game system. When the car is not moving, the steering wheel and pedals become game controllers. The rearview mirror becomes a small flip-down screen, and the dashboard becomes the game console.

  • Scion xB Release Series 3.0

    Are gadgets more important selling points than performance and safety for young adults? The makers of Toyota Motor's limited-edition Scion xB Release Series 3.0 seem to think so. Available in February, the Japan-built xB will cost about $17,000. With airplane-style video screens built into the backs of both front-seat headrests, the car docks an Apple Computer iPod next to driver controls.

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