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.

Surprise: Ford’s aluminum 2015 F-150 gets better economy

Surprise: Ford’s aluminum 2015 F-150 gets better economy

We knew the 2015 Ford F-150 drove well, we knew it could tow and go off-road, but until today we didn't know how much that controversial switch to aluminum and new EcoBoost engine options would affect fuel economy. Now, we do. Ford has announced EPA estimates for the four engine options that can be found under the aluminum hood, and what perhaps shouldn't be a surprise is that when you combine the potent but frugal new 2.7 EcoBoost with a truck that's around 700 pounds lighter, you unsurprisingly get more miles per gallon. Head on past the cut for all the numbers.

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Acura reboots 2016 ILX to coax starter luxe hunters

Acura reboots 2016 ILX to coax starter luxe hunters

Acura has revamped its ILX luxury sports sedan, aiming to make the entry-level four-door more appealing to first-time luxe buyers wanting to be both cosseted and thrilled on the road. Shown off for the first time at the LA Auto Show today, the new car gets tighter styling, a new engine and transmission pairing, and a boost in both tech and safety features, including embracing smartphone users by allowing them to offset their navigation demands from an expensive dashboard upgrade to a downloadable app instead.

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Mazda’s 2016 MX-5 is cute, tiny & will sell like hotcakes

Mazda’s 2016 MX-5 is cute, tiny & will sell like hotcakes

We already knew Mazda's 2016 MX-5 Miata was going to be a potent little titch of a car, but it's only when you get up close to the new droptop that you realize just how well Mazda has nailed the aesthetic. Distilling the compact proportions of the original Miata with a dose of slinky, snake-eyed modern style, the new car looks like it's shaping up to be a tiny Jaguar or Alfa-Romeo at a fraction of the price.

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Eyefi Cloud gets loose as WiFi card need cut

Eyefi Cloud gets loose as WiFi card need cut

Back in April, online gallery and photo sharing service Eyefi launched Eyefi Cloud, pairing cross-platform synchronization with its WiFi-enabled memory cards for digital cameras; now, that cloud is getting set loose. Eyefi Cloud is now available for those without one of the company's Mobi WiFi SD cards, so that any smartphone or tablet, or a camera that already comes with WiFi baked in, will be able to upload their shots online to a chunk of library storage, as well as get easy access to that storage from multiple devices.

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We need to talk about the 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE

We need to talk about the 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE

Some cars at the LA Auto Show 2014 are all-new and clearly changed in their entirety; others, like the Jaguar F-TYPE R AWD look at first glance to have merely received a polish, and yet the differences are actually huge. For 2016, Jaguar has thrown all-wheel drive at its stunning coupe and convertible, but it's the new manual transmission option that will likely have enthusiasts really gleeful. Exactly how those new treats have been portioned out is likely to cause a few arguments, however.

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Maybach who? Bentley brings true opulence to LA

Maybach who? Bentley brings true opulence to LA

Dear Mercedes, Bentley would like to show you what real luxury looks like. The new Mercedes-Maybach may be stunning the LA Auto Show with its interpretation of a private jet for the highway, but just around the corner it was British stalwart Bentley which was demonstrating how opulence is done properly. The brand new Bentley Grand Convertible and recently announced Bentley Mulsanne Speed may espouse the old-school approach of "gentleman's club" luxe, but that's not to say they don't hide their fair share of technology in the process.

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This is the Lexus LF-C2, and it’s kinda stunning

This is the Lexus LF-C2, and it’s kinda stunning

Lexus has brought along an eye-catching new concept to the LA Auto Show 2014, the Lexus LF-C2, though while the droptop 2+2 might be described as a design study, it looks almost ready for the road. A clear descendent of both the IS and the IS C convertible, the LF-C2 envisages a life on the open road where the many angles would have plentiful opportunities to catch the light. It'd have to be a dry route, though: since the LF-C2 Concept has only the climate inside auto shows to consider, there's actually no roof at all.

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Mighty Mercedes-AMG GT S takes on Porsche

Mighty Mercedes-AMG GT S takes on Porsche

Mercedes may have covered its luxury bases at the LA Auto Show 2014 with the opulent Mercedes-Maybach, but there's plenty of performance on tap too from the new Mercedes-AMG GT S. The bright yellow coupe is rear-wheel drive and will hit forecourts in the spring of 2015, with Mercedes' sports division looking to take on Aston Martin, Porsche, and Audi with its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. In the GT S' corner is 503 HP and a 3.7s run from 0-60 mph.

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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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