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.

The 2018 Acura TLX’s most important change is inside

The 2018 Acura TLX’s most important change is inside

Car infotainment is a dark art, and getting it right is tougher than you might think. Happily, the 2018 Acura TLX hasn't just revamped its exterior styling - most noticeably with the new family snout - but introduced a significant improvement in the dashboard. It's called the On Demand Multi-Use Display, and it's a noticeable change over the old infotainment system.

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The Toyota FT-4X Concept is a Millennials’ toy truck made real

The Toyota FT-4X Concept is a Millennials’ toy truck made real

Toyota clearly hasn't given up its toy box, as a Tonka truck come to life is really the best way to describe its FT-4X concept at the NYIAS 2017 this week. Pitched as an "always ready" SUV for city-dwelling Generation Y drivers, the chunky 4x4 can't resist every automaker's current obsession: Millennials. As Toyota sees it, they're looking for "Rugged Charm".

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Honda’s Clarity EV trio is complete: All-electric and Plug-in Hybrid debut

Honda’s Clarity EV trio is complete: All-electric and Plug-in Hybrid debut

Honda's Clarity trio is complete, with the new 2017 Clarity Electric and the 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid joining the existing Clarity Fuel Cell car. Offering less extreme green options than the hydrogen powered car already on the market - albeit in limited areas of California - the two new Clarity variants balance zero-emission range with convenience. In short, if you're not quite ready for fuel cell life, Honda still has a Clarity it'd like to sell you.

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2018 Lincoln Navigator is a bold “Continental SUV”

2018 Lincoln Navigator is a bold “Continental SUV”

Lincoln has revealed its next taste of American Luxury in the shape of the 2018 Navigator, a full-size SUV that doesn't stint on chrome. Unveiled today at the New York International Auto Show 2017, the 2018 Navigator borrows heavily from the Navigator Concept shown off last year, though drops some of the more eye-catching details of that show car. Nonetheless, this isn't an SUV you'll miss on the road.

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Infiniti QX80 Monograph reimagines the huge, unapologetic SUV

Infiniti QX80 Monograph reimagines the huge, unapologetic SUV

Infiniti may be best known for its curvaceous Red Sport coupes and sedans today, but the automaker is looking to step up its game in the luxury large SUV segment wth something very much like this, the Infiniti QX80 Monograph. Described as a "design study" for the New York International Auto Show 2017, the bold SUV won't see a launch as-is, but cues are likely to appear on whatever Infiniti brings to market. If the response is good, though, there's a fair chance that some of the bolder elements.

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Amazon Parent Dashboard gives FreeTime insight into kids’ tablet use

Amazon Parent Dashboard gives FreeTime insight into kids’ tablet use

Amazon has launched a Parent Dashboard for Amazon FreeTime, its child-friendly selection of books, videos, apps, and games available for the Fire Kids Edition. The new system will be available on FreeTime across all the compatible platforms, including Kindle e-readers and the Amazon Fire TV, though it arguably makes most sense on the Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet.

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Jaguar ReRun GoPro app joins 2018 F-Type’s big tech upgrade

Jaguar ReRun GoPro app joins 2018 F-Type’s big tech upgrade

Jaguar wants to help you publicize that perfect apex corner, with its new ReRun app that links the 2018 F-Type with GoPro's wireless action cameras. Released alongside the new model-year car - which for the first time features a 4-cylinder gas engine option - the app was made in collaboration with GoPro as a way of not only recording track sessions but automatically picking out the best moments.

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2018 Jaguar F-Type 4-cylinder is sub-$60k option in refreshed range

2018 Jaguar F-Type 4-cylinder is sub-$60k option in refreshed range

Jaguar has refreshed its iconic F-Type for the 2018 model year, adding a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine to the lightest, cheapest version so far. Unveiled today at the New York International Auto Show 2017, the new 2018 F-Type 2.0-liter Ingenium T/C i4 joins its siblings with an updated design, better specs as standard, and a more ergonomic cabin. However, it also pushes the price of a new F-Type under the $60k mark.

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2018 Buick Enclave Avenir launches luxe subbrand with premium SUV

2018 Buick Enclave Avenir launches luxe subbrand with premium SUV

The Buick Avenir is real, but don't get too excited: the first vehicle to bear the name of the new sub-brand is actually a high-luxe SUV. The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir marks the debut of the automaker's premium offering, an attempt to squeeze even more cash out of a buyer looking for its American take on luxury. In the process, it uses a brand that has already built up a decent reputation among car aficionados.

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2018 Kia Rio offers CarPlay and Android Auto on a budget

2018 Kia Rio offers CarPlay and Android Auto on a budget

Kia's 2018 Rio Sedan and 5-door may not be the most exciting cars of the New York International Auto Show this week, but that's not to say they're not special in their own way. The fourth-generation of the automaker's subcompact car, they promise to bundle together not only the technology but the safety that small car buyers might demand. In doing so, Kia's hoping it can steal away some buyers that might ordinarily head down to their nearest Ford or Chevrolet dealership.

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2018 Acura TLX adds sporty A-Spec to lure tech-savvy younger drivers

2018 Acura TLX adds sporty A-Spec to lure tech-savvy younger drivers

Acura promised last year that its Precision Concept would donate its distinctive styling to production models sooner rather than later, and the 2018 Acura TLX is next in line. The company's luxury sports sedan is targeting younger, more eager drivers with its big revamp for the 2018 model year, complete with the marque's new signature diamond pentagon grille. Inside, meanwhile, there's more tech and gadgetry as standard.

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2018 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT promises coupe handling from luxe sedan

2018 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT promises coupe handling from luxe sedan

Lexus unveiled its curvaceous new LS 500 luxury sedan earlier in the year, and now the four-door is getting the F SPORT treatment. Revealed for the first time at the New York International Auto Show 2017, the fettled LS gets a more aggressive exterior design, more sporting-themed cabin, and changes to the chassis and more. However, there's a hiccup if you were hoping for a full BMW M760i or Mercedes AMG S63 Sedan competitor.

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