Author Archives: Matthew Askari

Matt is SlashGear's Director of Automotive, and manages a global team of hyper-connected editors delivering content around the clock. As a veteran of the auto and travel industries, he has contributed to more than 15 titles, ranging from top hardcore enthusiast outlets to lifestyle and luxury. His work has been seen in Autoblog, Buzzfeed, Automobile Mag, Hemispheres, Road & Track, Luxury Magazine, DuJour, and Cool Hunting, among others. You can follow along @MatthewAskari.

Exclusive: Lamborghini CEO’s last interview on EVs, Urus SUV speed, more

Exclusive: Lamborghini CEO’s last interview on EVs, Urus SUV speed, more

Ultra charismatic, successful by any measure, head of one of the most iconic, sexy nameplates, we sat down with Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann at the global launch of the Huracán Spyder in Miami. The Berlin-born, Italian living (and loving) son of a diplomat, Winkelmann has been the top Bull for more than a decade, overseeing the freshly-hatched Aventador supercar, and then its baby sib, the Huracán.

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2017 Smart ForTwo Cabriolet First-Drive

2017 Smart ForTwo Cabriolet First-Drive

As it turns out, size is not all that matters, at least as far as the Smart ForTwo Convertible is concerned. This summer, the first topless ForTwos will cross the pond, and when they do, owners will have a markedly better experience than on anything else to previously wear the Smart badge.

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Watch $2.4 Million Aston Martin Vulcan’s Fiery Wrath

Watch $2.4 Million Aston Martin Vulcan’s Fiery Wrath

We're deep in an obscure bunker in Wellesbourne, Central England, in Aston Martin's Special Projects Division facility. Currently, $10 million in ultra-exclusive, ultra-angry, ultra-gorgeous, ultra-ultra Vulcan goodness is just chilling (Vulcan and chill?).

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Best of the 2016 Detroit Auto Show: Buick, Lexus, Volvo, More

Best of the 2016 Detroit Auto Show: Buick, Lexus, Volvo, More

They’ve officially slipped the silk off of everything on four wheels at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, and a few automakers selfishly hogged all the attention. Our team was in full force at every debut, talking to the people that brought these cars and concepts to life. We’ve combed our brains, scanned our notes, and are bringing you our top five of the Detroit Auto Show.

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Aston Martin AutoLink Rapide S confirms serious EV ambitions

Aston Martin AutoLink Rapide S confirms serious EV ambitions

Aston Martin is known for seductive sports cars, but a new partnership with Letv signals a strong desire for more. The Autolink Rapide S that was just revealed at CES shows off unexpected tech never before seen in an Aston, including a Tesla-like high-def touchscreen.

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2016 Toyota Prius First Drive: Eco-chic Gets Redone

2016 Toyota Prius First Drive: Eco-chic Gets Redone

Beloved by owners, bemoaned by automotive enthusiasts, championed by environmentalists, no car is as polarizing as the Toyota Prius. In California, it may be the only thing more abundant than sunshine. While other automakers have low-volume eco-friendly cars, or tout future solutions, the Prius delivers real-world results here-and-now.

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Volvo Concept 26 Shows Autonomous Can be Pretty, too

Volvo Concept 26 Shows Autonomous Can be Pretty, too

The Volvo Concept 26 has just debuted at the LA Auto Show, and the interior concept highlights a striking vision of what autonomous driving could look like. Not bothering with an actual exterior, the idea here is to ruminate on what one might do if you suddenly had free time.

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Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Highlights: What You Need to Know

Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Highlights: What You Need to Know

Tokyo’s eccentric nature and distinct charm have filtered directly into the Tokyo Motor Show, and frankly we wouldn’t have it any other way. On Japan’s biggest stage, many of the world’s foremost automotive players have come to impress, discuss, and shape how we’ll interact and navigate our way around in the future. We braved the sauna-like conditions on the floor to bring you these buttery otoro bites.

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Lexus LF-FC Concept is Japan’s sleek answer to the S-Class

Lexus LF-FC Concept is Japan’s sleek answer to the S-Class

Long, sleek, with a massive mesh grille up front and substantial muscle in the rear, no one can accuse Lexus of a boring looking concept here. For all of the futuristic concepts, wacky robots, and sort-of cars we’ve seen today in Tokyo, the Lexus LF-FC may be the most significant, and the most likely to actually be on the road in some form, in the near future.

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2016 Lexus GS F First Drive

2016 Lexus GS F First Drive

“Man, this is nice,” my driving partner says, as if a little surprised. We’re just seated inside the 2016 Lexus GS F, awash in colorful leathers, soft Alcantara, and crisp digital displays. While I’m trying to figure out how far we are from the Circuito de Jarama track, our destination for the day, 8:30a.m. traffic engulfs Madrid on the roads all around us.

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The Science of Sound: the Key to Pulling off Festivals and Concerts

The Science of Sound: the Key to Pulling off Festivals and Concerts

Before the beards can nod to the Alabama Shakes, or bikini-clad girls can do snow angels in triple-digit heat - on thick green grass in the middle of a barren desert at Coachella - there’s a lot that has to happen. The euphoric resonance of a festival like Glastonbury, Coachella, or Bonnaroo doesn’t occur without the music, and the music doesn’t translate with crappy sound.

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Mercedes’ CES “digital drivestyle” concept could come to real cars in 2016

Mercedes’ CES “digital drivestyle” concept could come to real cars in 2016

As the digital world takes an increasingly omnipresent role in our lives, automakers are clawing to keep up. Apparently that gap will narrow a bit in just a few months, when Mercedes-Benz will introduce futuristic tech it originally discussed at the 2012 CES, next year.

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