Author Archives: Vincent Nguyen

Co-founder of R3 Media, Vincent Nguyen is currently Editor-in-Chief of SlashGear and Android Community. You can follow him on Google+, twitter @Nguyen and Facebook

New 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior raises the bar

New 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior raises the bar

There were a lot of loaded, descriptive words thrown out during Mercedes-Benz's intimate press conference describing the new E-Class. "Luxury", "simplicity", "experience", "high-tech", "beauty"… all of which tie into a hard division between two categories: emotion and intelligence, the yin and yang if you will of the automaker's latest view on what a high-end sedan should be.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first-drive

2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first-drive

On road or on track, the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S is ready to thrill the thrill seekers. It’s a beast - 503 horsepower does the trick there - but one that's also refined; more than track-capable yet finessed in so many ways that it could well be the perfect road-going sports coupe.

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Returning to the golden age of travel

Returning to the golden age of travel

For many people, spending time at an airport is something they would avoid as much as possible. With the right lounge access, though, what might normally be a miserable wait can actually be anything but. In fact, since I added the American Express Platinum Card to my wallet, I've found there are times I actively want to get to the airport sooner.

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Man vs Machine: My rematch against Audi’s new self-driving RS 7

Man vs Machine: My rematch against Audi’s new self-driving RS 7

Last year, I beat Audi's autonomous race car on the track. Robots might not have feelings, but that didn't stop Audi's engineers calling me back for a re-match with the latest, greatest version of the self-driving RS7s. AJ, Bobby, Jack, and now Robby all have two things in common: first, they’re named after famous race car drivers, and second, they've successfully driven autonomously on racetracks, on the autobahn, and on a cross country trip.

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2016 Kia Optima First Drive

2016 Kia Optima First Drive

Fourteen years ago, Kia was last on J.D. Power's quality survey; today, it's second behind Porsche. That's a big deal, but what does it have to do with the new 2016 Optima? Turns out, pretty much everything, inside and out. It's Kia's best-selling vehicle for the past three consecutive years, not to mention its first model to top the 150,000 yearly sales mark, with demand up 480-percent versus 2010.

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Nissan’s IDS Concept mixes autonomous EV with Google Now-style AI

Nissan’s IDS Concept mixes autonomous EV with Google Now-style AI

The newly-unveiled Nissan IDS concept car here at the Tokyo Motor Show isn’t just a self driving car that happens to be electric, but a transformer too. Adjusting to meet each driver's own personal requirements - or simply taking the wheel itself - there's a manual drive mode for those who wish to go the traditional route, or alternatively the option to simply sit back, relax, and let the IDS chauffeur you around.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt first drive

2016 Chevrolet Volt first drive

Not all electric cars are created equal and, as Chevrolet proved with the first-generation Volt, there's more than one way to wean drivers off gasoline. Fans of electric vehicles can debate pure-EV, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and any other combination all they like; at the end of the day I'm a pragmatist, and so for me it's the Volt's ability to boost fuel-efficiency without introducing range anxiety - and without being too pious in the process - that makes the second-gen 2016 car so appealing.

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