Author Archives: Chris Davies

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

Trucks and SUVs give Detroit Auto Show 2018 its mojo

Trucks and SUVs give Detroit Auto Show 2018 its mojo

It should probably come as no surprise that in a city like Detroit, trucks dominated the auto show. All the same, with CES increasingly counting car news among its gadget pageantry just a week prior, there were questions from some quarters as to whether the North American International Auto Show 2018 would have any news left. Turns out, Detroit still had some aces up its sleeve, both domestic and foreign.

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2019 Ram 1500 goes hybrid with Tesla-like touchscreen

2019 Ram 1500 goes hybrid with Tesla-like touchscreen

If you thought Ram was going to leave Chevrolet and Ford to have all the truck fun at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 this year, think again. The 2019 Ram 1500 is another from-the-ground-up recreation, shedding nearly 225 pounds from the outgoing truck and gaining a clever mild-hybrid system that should produce power and economy savings even the most traditional of pickup buyers can't argue with.

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2019 Hyundai Veloster N wants to eat the Golf GTI

2019 Hyundai Veloster N wants to eat the Golf GTI

Clearly nobody told Hyundai that the Detroit Auto Show 2018 was being dominated by trucks and slick luxury sedans: the South Korean company instead brought the brand new 2019 Veloster and its crazy Veloster N. The regular Veloster is now available with both a regular and a turbocharged engine for those looking for more power. As for the Veloster N, that's Hyundai's attempt to out-play VW's Golf GTI.

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The 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 is one mean-looking hybrid

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 is one mean-looking hybrid

There's no denying that Mercedes-AMG makes a good looking sports sedan, and the 2019 AMG CLS 53 is an excellent example of the breed. Announced at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 today, the (arguably most striking) member of the new 53-series promises no shortage of speed from its 429 horsepower. However, there's also an electrified surprise under the hood.

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Toyota CarPlay support arrives in 2019 Avalon

Toyota CarPlay support arrives in 2019 Avalon

Toyota has finally embraced Apple CarPlay, announcing that the 2019 Toyota Avalon will feature the smartphone-powered infotainment system as standard. The car, unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 today, features the automaker's newest Entune 3.0 infotainment platform, including the Toyota Connected Services. However, for iPhone owners what'll be most exciting is covering up Entune altogether.

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2019 Acura RDX reboots the SUV with touchpad tech and SH-AWD

2019 Acura RDX reboots the SUV with touchpad tech and SH-AWD

Acura may be calling this 2019 RDX Prototype just a "first look" at the design of its upcoming third-generation RDX, but make no mistake, there's more here than simply hints and teases. The SUV, unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 today, is Acura's most extensive redesign in a decade, and brings previously concept-only features like the Acura Precision Cockpit infotainment system into production.

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Nissan Xmotion SUV pairs Japanese crafts and a virtual fish

Nissan Xmotion SUV pairs Japanese crafts and a virtual fish

The Detroit Auto Show 2018 is shaping up to be seriously truck-dominated, and Nissan is getting in on the action with the Nissan Xmotion concept. Described as the automaker's vision of a new Nissan design direction for 2020 and beyond, the three-row SUV concept - the name of which is pronounced "cross motion," so the company insists - is intended to blend Japanese culture and craftsmanship with American utility.

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Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept aims to make sedans cool again

Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept aims to make sedans cool again

Infiniti promised something special when it came to its new Q Inspiration Concept, and the seductively curvaceous sedan certainly delivers. Officially revealed at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 today, the sleek four-door wraps around the Japanese automaker's latest VC-Turbo engine. In the process, Infiniti insists, it presages what's coming next for its production style, powertrains, and infotainment systems.

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Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept hints at super-luxe crossover to come

Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept hints at super-luxe crossover to come

Lexus has revealed its new vision of a luxury crossover, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept, and the idea is all about flexibility. Revealed today at the Detroit Auto Show 2018, the LF-1 Limitless is longer and wider than the current Lexus RX SUV, and even more aggressively proportioned, with a long hood and steeply raked rear glass.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 official: Iconic luxury SUV goes high-tech

2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 official: Iconic luxury SUV goes high-tech

This is it: the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the latest reinvention of the G Wagon. One of the most recognizable SUVs - indeed, one of the most recognizable vehicles, period - on the road, it may only now be entering its second generation, but that comes after almost forty years in production. Still, finding yourself custodian of an icon can prove to be a double-edged sword. Mess it up - at least, in the eyes of your most loyal fans - and it can be an expensive, legacy destroying mistake.

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2019 VW Jetta brings new style, tech and lower price

2019 VW Jetta brings new style, tech and lower price

There's a new Jetta in town, and Volkswagen's compact sedan is growing up with bold new styling and an all-changed platform promising more fuel efficiency. Unveiled today at the Detroit Auto Show 2018, the 2019 VW Jetta makes a switch to the automaker's MQB architecture and grows in all directions as a result. That, VW promises, means more presence on the road and more cabin space inside, not to mention closing the gap between the new Jetta and Audi's A3 sedan.

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2019 Mustang Bullitt is a 163mph tribute to Steve McQueen

2019 Mustang Bullitt is a 163mph tribute to Steve McQueen

Ford knows a good retro opportunity when it has one, and so it's brought the 2019 Mustang Bullitt to the Detroit Auto Show 2018. The special edition comes on the fiftieth anniversary of the classic movie, Bullitt, with a 5.0-liter V8 engine and of course the option of the classic Dark Highland Green paint job.

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