Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for R3 Media since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in London, UK, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

Longer luxury: Mercedes-Maybach panders to plutocrats

Longer luxury: Mercedes-Maybach panders to plutocrats

Mercedes-Benz promised Germanic excess when it resurrected the Maybach name (again), and it hasn't stinted on that, with the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class ramping up the tech, the luxe, and the sheer scale here at the LA Auto Show 2014. Tellingly revealed both in LA and Bejing, the new limo is resolutely targeted at those who are driven rather than who take the wheel themselves, stretched 207mm over the regular long-wheelbase S-Class, and with the majority of that space devoted to the rear-seat passengers and their new, uber-flexible seats.

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Audi A7 h-tron flirts with performance fuel-cells

Audi A7 h-tron flirts with performance fuel-cells

The LA Auto Show 2014 is shaping up to be the car show where fuel-cells come to the fore, with the new Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro joining Toyota’s Mirai and Honda’s FCV in turning to hydrogen for its power. Officially a plug-in hybrid + fuel-cell electric car, as Audi would have it, the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro concept delivers 230 HP and 400 lb-ft of torque from its combined powerplants, as well as delivering what the Germany company says should be around 342 miles of driving range.

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2016 Toyota Mirai First-Drive – Fuel-Cells Dawning

2016 Toyota Mirai First-Drive – Fuel-Cells Dawning

You can’t accuse Toyota of rushing the 2016 Toyota Mirai to market. The hydrogen powered sedan may look like a vision of the future circa Buck Rogers, but its fuel-cell powertrain is decidedly cutting-edge, not to mention determinedly optimistic around issues of infrastructure and regulatory commitment to zero-emission vehicles. At $57,500 pre-subsidies, it seems the future carries a significant cost of entry, too. So, after some time behind the wheel of the Mirai, the question remains: is the age of hydrogen finally upon us?

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2016 Mazda CX-3 promises perky city crossover fun

2016 Mazda CX-3 promises perky city crossover fun

Mazda has revealed its new 2016 CX-3 compact crossover at the LA Auto Show, a perky little city SUV it hopes will channel the success of the Mazda3. Powered by the company's SKYACTIV-G 2.0 liter gas engine, in the US at least, the CX-3 will be offered in front wheel drive form or all wheel drive, paired with the SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission.

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Cadillac’s 2015 ATS-V wants to kill BMW’s M3/M4

Cadillac’s 2015 ATS-V wants to kill BMW’s M3/M4

Cadillac has taken the wraps off of its latest high-performance cars for its most eager drivers, the ATS-V in Coupe and Sedan forms. Taking the existing ATS and fettling it to within an inch of its angular life, the RWD two- and four-door cars get a twin-turbo V6 3.6L engine good for 455 HP and 445 lb-ft of torque, making them more powerful - not to mention, with a 189 mph top speed, faster - than BMW's M3 and M4.

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Inside La Marzocco Home, gateway to $7k espresso

Inside La Marzocco Home, gateway to $7k espresso

Coffee is a serious matter to a whole lot of people, but what would persuade you to spend upward of $7,000 on an espresso machine? La Marzocco may already have a huge legacy in professional coffee making, but the company's ambitions aren't ending there. Starting with the coveted GS3, it's launching a new degree of customization while simultaneously hoping to connect directly with coffee fans. I caught up with La Marzocco's marketing chief Scott Callender to find out why the historic brand believes it's the right time to make an official play for the kitchen.

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2016 Toyota Mirai priced up for 2015 US fuel-cell debut

2016 Toyota Mirai priced up for 2015 US fuel-cell debut

Toyota has announced US pricing for the 2016 Mirai, its first commercially-available fuel-cell car, along with a package of extras it hopes will coax drivers away from gasoline engines. Set to hit US forecourts in 2015, albeit initially only in California and even then at a select handful of dealerships, the Mirai will have a sticker price of $57,500, Toyota said today, though various subsidies and initiatives are expected to bring that down to around $45,000. There's also the lure of free fuel - for some, at least - to sweeten the deal.

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Breaking the Toyota Mirai down by the numbers

Breaking the Toyota Mirai down by the numbers

Are fuel-cells finally ready for the mass market? Toyota believes so, and it says it has the numbers to back that up. With the 2016 Mirai set to bring the hydrogen-sipping, water-spitting technology to the road next year - the culmination of twenty years of Toyota’s development - it won’t necessarily be a fast journey to market success; as Takeshi Uchiyamada, chairman of Toyota’s board and “father of the Prius” pointed out, it took around a decade before the company’s hybrid sales hit one million globally, punctuated with no small amount of criticism from other industry players along the way. Read on as we break down the Mirai by the sometimes surprising numbers, and even explain that controversial Battlestar Gallactica-esque front.

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Toyota Mirai named as fuel-cells get serious

Toyota Mirai named as fuel-cells get serious

Toyota has officially named its first production fuel-cell car, with the eye-catching sedan previously known as the FCV set to hit dealerships as the 2016 Toyota Mirai. Set to launch in the US, Japan, and select European countries as the Japanese car firm continues in its attempts to ween the world off its gasoline addiction, the new model will also benefit from a freshly-inked deal to put hydrogen recharging points across not only California but now New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island as well. With a full tank, the Mirai should run for around 300 miles, Toyota says, emitting nothing more noxious than water.

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2015 Lexus IS 250 Review – Distinctly Divisive

2015 Lexus IS 250 Review – Distinctly Divisive

It's never been tougher to be a small, sporty sedan. Luxury buyers are being wooed by the segment above, while the gradual up-speccing of full-sized sedans below is making it harder and harder to stand out. Factor in the growing number of more practical coupes on one side, and nimble sports crossovers squeezing in from the opposite direction, and the risk of being seen as a staid four-door is considerable. Lexus’ answer to that in 2013 was the new IS, a stark departure from the company’s previous playbook, and it’s the 2015 IS 250 that’s been on my drive trying to coerce me from behind the wheel of a BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C Class, or Audi A3.

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