Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for SlashGear since 2006, Chris Davies is executive editor and is responsible for shaping the editorial direction of the site. With a remit that covers everything from consumer technology to automotive, through autonomous vehicles, the smart home, and cutting-edge science, Chris' primary focus is sharing the news that matters and bringing a distinctive, independent, and trustworthy voice to testing and reviews. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

Toyota reveals multi-billion battery plans after dropping the EV ball

Toyota reveals multi-billion battery plans after dropping the EV ball

Toyota plans to pump $3.4 billion into high-tech batteries for electric vehicles in the US, with the automaker revealing aggressive plans for next-gen cells through 2030. The investment will see a new automotive battery plant constructed, Toyota says, as it pushes back against suggestions that it allowed its electrification lead over competitors to wane.

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Foxconn just revealed 3 new EVs nobody expected

Foxconn just revealed 3 new EVs nobody expected

Foxconn may be best known as the electronics manufacturer Apple relies on to build the iPhone, but the company is also previewing its automotive intentions with the reveal of three new EVs. Part of Foxconn's push to diversify beyond phones, tablets, and other consumer tech, the trio included two cars and an electric bus.

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Maserati Grecale reveal delayed: SUV squeezed by semiconductor shortage

Maserati Grecale reveal delayed: SUV squeezed by semiconductor shortage

Maserati is feeling the pinch of the unsettled global supply chain, delaying the unveil of the new Grecale luxury SUV. The newest addition to the line-up was intended to make its debut on November 16, 2021, but Maserati confirmed today that it's pushing that back.

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2022 Volvo C40 Recharge First Drive

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge First Drive

I'll confess, at first I was scratching my head over the 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge. Volvo's second BEV - and its first to be designed from the outset as solely-electric - may give an old name a new lease on life, but the compact crossover itself isn't a huge departure from the XC40 Recharge already on sale. Or, for that matter, from the Polestar 2.

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2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe Review

2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe Review

Arguments among auto enthusiasts may come and go, but the contents of the "perfect" one car garage can always be counted upon to start enthusiastic discussion. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe may be too politely-German to wade into that debate itself, but it's not hard to imagine its blend of long-distance cruiser and 429 horsepower could see it boast some vocal devotees.

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2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Review

2022 Genesis G70 3.3T Review

Genesis can do no wrong right now. New SUVs and crossovers storming up the popularity charts with their combination of style, distinctive luxury, and focused pricing, while its line-up of sedans casts skepticism on the idea that that's a dying segment. Arriving to shore up the range is the refreshed 2022 Genesis G70, smallest and most affordable of the sports sedans.

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2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Review

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Review

Purists may argue over which generation of Miata is best, but few enthusiasts would disagree with the fact that Mazda's two-door is the epitome of the modern, attainable sports car. This fourth-gen "ND" version again sees the range split in two: the regular Miata, and this 2021 MX-5 Miata RF with a nifty folding hard-top roof.

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The Lucid Air’s DreamDrive tech takes an unusually cautious approach to autonomy

The Lucid Air’s DreamDrive tech takes an unusually cautious approach to autonomy

Lucid Motors' Air EV may have plenty of range, but the startup automaker has also been promising no shortage of driver-assistance tech for its upcoming Tesla rival. The company is pulling back the curtain on that - and just how it'll work - today, though it's also setting expectations about what to expect on day one.

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IKEA Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker (Gen 2) Review

IKEA Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker (Gen 2) Review

Sonos' collaboration with IKEA continues to flirt at the odder edges of the smart home, and the new IKEA Symfonisk table lamp speaker (Gen 2) is a perfect example. Like the original, launched back in 2019, it's a Sonos speaker and an IKEA lamp in the same footprint, combined with the relative affordability the Swedish furniture-maker is infamous for.

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2022 Honda Civic Hatchback First Drive

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback First Drive

In many ways, for many perfectly sound reasons, this 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback shouldn't exist. The regular Civic is a mainstay of the compact sedan segment, a perennial best-seller, and a rare outlier in the market transition to SUVs and crossovers. This more practical, more enthusiast-friendly version with its manual gearbox option, though, would seem at first glance like a tougher sell to the accountants and product planners.

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2021 Toyota Camry TRD Review

2021 Toyota Camry TRD Review

Perennially popular and professionally bland, the Toyota Camry may be America's best-selling sedan but it still seems an odd place to start when you're trying to build a sports car. Word of that incongruence doesn't appear to have reached Toyota, and hence this 2021 Camry TRD - the latest in a series of models to bear the "Toyota Racing Development" tuning division's branding.

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iOS 15.0.2 and iPadOS 15.0.2 released: Time to update your iPhone

iOS 15.0.2 and iPadOS 15.0.2 released: Time to update your iPhone

Apple has released iOS 15.0.2 and iPadOS 15.0.2, updating the iPhone and iPad with the latest version of its software. The new releases bring a number of bug fixes, including addressing one potentially frustrating CarPlay error where music could fail to load or cut out mid-song.

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