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

2019 Audi Q8 first drive review: Luxury goes everywhere

2019 Audi Q8 first drive review: Luxury goes everywhere

The all-new 2019 Audi Q8 flagship SUV is not merely Ingolstadt's answer to the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE, and the Range Rover Sport. Audi's push further into the upper echelons of luxury transportation, it will also serve as the foundation of the automaker's new design language for its future Q-product line up. And, though "four-door coupe" may still sound like an oxymoron to some, an unexpectedly extended drive in the new Q8 proved to me that this is more than just a new badge.

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2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid first-drive: ticks all the boxes

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid first-drive: ticks all the boxes

The Cayenne E-Hybrid is positioned between the newly redesigned Cayenne S and the Cayenne S for 2019. In southern France, I had the opportunity to test out Porsche’s sharp end of the sword against competitors: a “sporty” and “luxury” variant based on options and I’m here to report back that the E-Hybrid is mighty-impressive.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz G 550 and AMG G63 first drive: leGendary

2019 Mercedes-Benz G 550 and AMG G63 first drive: leGendary

You pick up a few names in the space of forty years, but whether you call it the Mercedes Geländewagen, the G-Wagen or, its most modern moniker, the 2019 G-Class is still legendary in every sense, whether you're on or off the road. Mercedes-Benz's unwavering commitment - some might say obsession - to maintaining the G’s core essence is instrumental in making it so successful over the past four decades. Even so, it's strange to think that the late model G-Class from 2018 is now considered a "classic," courtesy of this all-new model just around the corner.

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Audi’s e-tron SUV 95 kWh battery makes a debut Tesla would be proud of

Audi’s e-tron SUV 95 kWh battery makes a debut Tesla would be proud of

Audi gets an A for showmanship, introducing the world’s first 95kWh battery for the upcoming all-electric Audi e-tron SUV in a lighting-filled Faraday cage. Typically, you wouldn't want the sort of high voltages your EV relies on to be visibly dancing around the car, but a big battery deserves a big splash. When it reaches the road, mind, the e-tron's bleeding-edge power tech will be an even bigger deal.

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2019 Aston Martin Vantage first drive: The Porsche hunter

2019 Aston Martin Vantage first drive: The Porsche hunter

In the long-running battle between Porsche and Aston Martin, the familiar - and legendary - 911 is getting a very different challenger. The all-new 2019 Aston Martin Vantage is the automaker's new weapon, starting with a clean sheet design from the ground up, inside and out. Its goal is simple: be the most badass, Ferrari, Porsche and Bentley-hunting machine you could hope for.

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I took the 2019 Camaro Turbo 1LE to the track

I took the 2019 Camaro Turbo 1LE to the track

The battle is no longer just Camaro versus Mustang. The 2019 Camaro Turbo 1LE is the tip of a new spear for Chevrolet: an entry-level track car with a key differentiator that sets it apart from what its rivals - beyond simply Ford - are offering: it's all under warranty, should something blow up on the track. Final pricing hasn't been confirmed but, with a sticker expected to fall somewhere inside $30-$35k, the Camaro Turbo 1LE is on course to be appealingly affordable, too. Still, is that appealing enough to sway would-be buyers in this increasingly competitive segment?

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2018 Hyundai Kona review: A subcompact crossover SUV with an attitude

2018 Hyundai Kona review: A subcompact crossover SUV with an attitude

The all-new 2018 Hyundai Kona is the new kid on the block with plenty to offer first-time new car buyers on a budget. Mind you, don’t let my use of the word budget and a starting price of $20,450 imply a lack of style, creature comforts, safety, or even that it’s cheaply built. Those opting to fully spec out the Kona - as was the case for our test car, fittingly, on the Island of Kona, Hawaii - will be nothing short of delighted, just as long as their expectations are in check.

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio first drive

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio first drive

The 2018 Stelvio Quadrifoglio is always fast, all the time, regardless of what drive mode you're in. How could it not be, endowed as it is with 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque oozing out of a glorious, 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine? If there's only one take-away from my first impressions of this overpowered crossover, it's this: brace yourself, whether you're driving or just along for the ride.

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smart EQ fortwo, forfour lead Mercedes-Benz’s electric dreams

smart EQ fortwo, forfour lead Mercedes-Benz’s electric dreams

Electric is the future. smart CEO Annette Winkler already said so last time we talked with her about the smart vision EQ fortwo concept EV. Now Mercedes-Benz is echoing that slogan as well. At the Geneva Motor Show, smart and Mercedes-Benz showed off the power their combined passion for pushing the electric campaign forward. The result is the smart EQ fortwo and forfour. For those in the US, these are the familiar all-electric cars that have been silently rolling in cities. For Europe and for the future, these two are the heralds of Mercedes-Benz’s dreams of an all-electric world.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe is Porsche’s 630hp nightmare

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe is Porsche’s 630hp nightmare

AMG's fearsome coupes are getting a sedan sibling, though the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe is no compromise on the sports front. Unveiled officially at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 this week, the new four-door borrows the aggressive design and focus on performance of its two-door cousins but makes the whole thing more practical. Well, as practical as up to 630 horsepower can ever be.

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2019 Volvo XC40 Review

2019 Volvo XC40 Review

The SUV market is getting crowded, fast, and carmakers are scrambling to have their own models stand out. At first glance, Volvo's new 2019 XC40 might not fit the bill, both figuratively and literally. Its smallest SUV, the subcompact looks like a seriously shrunken version of the company’s larger XC60 and XC90. Yet the XC40 is looking to prompt a shake-up much bigger than its footprint, with a new platform under the sheet metal and a new way of adding one to your garage. I got a chance to take the new XC40 for a spin, to see if it has what it takes to stand tall among larger vehicles in its segment.

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2019 Audi A7 Sportback First Drive

2019 Audi A7 Sportback First Drive

While SUVs may seem the darlings of the automotive industry right now, there's definitely plenty of room to innovate and wow the crowd in other segments: especially when you have a long list of new things to show off, like Audi. While the 2019 A8 represents the marque's vision for sedans, the 2019 A7 Sportback embodies Audi's vision for those buyers who demand a sportier sedan. The A7, however, is not one that can be confined and defined inside a rigid box. Instead, it takes inspiration from both past and present, and in the process embracing coupe, sedan, and even wagon in a single body.

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