Matthew S. Davis

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Land Rover Series III | 1971

<b>Land Rover Series III | 1971</b><p>The earliest Land Rover was designed as a cross between a Willys Jeep and a farm tractor. Like a tractor, it was designed interface with farm machinery, and the steering wheel was mounted in the center of the dash. The Land Rover could plow a field. This agricultural angle was de-emphasized as the Land Rover went into production but it remained a very capable off-roader nonetheless. Bodywork was handmade from an aluminum/magnesium alloy and was very lightweight. …

The Greatest Automotive Flops of the Last 25 Years

Bad cars come and go, but flops are forever.<p><i>“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” ­—Truman Capote</i><p><i>“My other Maserati is also a piece of shit.” —bumper sticker seen on a Chrysler’s TC by Maserati in Berkeley, California</i><p>As nouns go, “flop” is a good one—short, peppy, and to the …

Analysis: 2014 VW Beetle Convertible “Moonlight” Commercial – Feature

If you read “The Ad Section” with any regularity, you know that I think advertisers shouldn’t make viewers work hard to understand their commercials. I’m all for engaging the audience with a clever storyline, but too often the plot is hard to follow and the payoff has little to do with the product …

And the Beat Goes On: Honda Bringing S660 Concept to Tokyo

The Honda Beat was an adorable little Pininfarina-designed, mid-engined two-seater from the early- to mid-1990s. The car gained a cultish following because of its playful character and oddball size, not to mention the fact that it never went on sale in the U.S. Now, 17 years after the Beat went out …

Kia Exec Suggests Production of Spectacularly Attractive GT Concept Will Occur

There are a lot of well-designed Kias on the road today—luring Peter Schreyer, now head of design for Kia and Hyundai, away from Audi looks to have been a good bit of business—but the most impressive of the lot remains a show car: the GT concept, which was launched at the Frankfurt auto show two …

2014 Audi A8L TDI Diesel

Panache and parsimony.<p>TESTED<p>Anyone who has kept tabs on the 24 Hours of Le Mans the past few years knows Audi has a pretty good handle on diesel technology—better than most other automakers, in fact. And now the company has brought its compression-ignition expertise to bear on its largest sedan, …

Audi Announces A3 Sedan Pricing, Gets Ridiculously Close to CLA’s Sticker

It wasn’t that long ago that we stopped and took notice of the base price for Mercedes-Benz’s CLA250—largely because of the “Soul” commercial the brand used to promote the affordability of the CLA-class during this year’s Super Bowl—of $30,825. Today, Audi revealed the price of its entry-level A3 …

Honda to Reveal Updated 2014 Civic Coupe at 2013 SEMA Show

Honda’s Civic just can’t catch a break, and we’re not talking about tough luck: The compact simply hasn’t had a break or a rest in two years. Redesigned for 2012, the Civic coupe and sedan underwent a rapid refresh a year later that saw a rash of interior and mechanical changes—but only the …

Aaron Robinson: Hangovers, Golf, and Optimism at the Industry's Summer Camp

Leaders of the carmaking racket convene to knock around golf balls and talk shop.<p>In the years before I met him at the University of Michigan in 1989, my friend Mike was probably the only professional Jewish foreign-car mechanic on Long Island. He was undoubtedly the school’s only engineering grad …

Cancel SEMA, Ford's Lotus- and Gulf-Liveried Focus STs Are the Winners

The Ford Focus ST may be among the newest of kids on the block, but it already has one comparison-test crown to its name. Its turbo four, Recaros, and suspension setup allow the hot Focus to feel as at home on the track as it does on the drive to the office. That versatility also makes it an ideal …

LeMons Halloween Hooptiefest Day 1: Mercedes-Benz 190E Leads, Volvo 850 Brigade Failing To Dominate

When we inspected the 133 entries at the 2013 Halloween Hooptiefest at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday, we saw an unprecedented four Volvo 850s preparing to race. At the end of Saturday’s race session, the 850s were buried pretty far down in the standings— the most successful one ended the …

The Continental: No AWD Aston Martins, Ford's Diesels, and the Mercedes V-class

<i>Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental.</i>

Subaru Tribeca is Gone: 7 Other Ugly Cars That Didn’t Catch On

If Looks Could Kill<p>After nine years on the market, the Subaru Tribeca won’t live past the 2014 model year. Despite Subaru‘s huge momentum over the last few years, awkward styling followed by generic styling (and a cramped third row) kept it from becoming a mainstream player. In honor of the …

Speed and Power! | Top Gear Africa Special | BBC

Google: self-driving cars safer than professional drivers - Roadshow

<b>Google has said that its data reveals self-driving cars are safer than any human driver on the road.</b><p>Speaking at the RoboBusiness robotics conference …

Autonomous Cars

Samsung Galaxy S3 outpaces iPhone 5S, 5C in touch accuracy

Apple's<p>iPhone 5SandiPhone 5Chave a bit of improving to do on the touch-accuracy front, according to new data from OptoFidelity, a Finland-based tech test and measurement company.<p>OptoFidelity said that it used its own Touch Panel Performance Tester to measure the iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, and Samsung …

Samsung Gears Up For The Galaxy S5, But Does It Get Lifestyle Computing?

The rumors are flying thick and fast around the Samsung Galaxy S5, with a possible launch date in January now mooted, which would mean accelerating Samsung’s already warp-speed innovation and underline its paranoia about being left behind by Apple.<p>Will the S5 have fingerprint security? Probably …

Livescribe's beautiful new smartpen turns pen and paper into apps and pixels

We may be constantly staring into our phones and laptops, but Livescribe CEO Gilles Bouchard says pen and paper are more popular than ever — and he has data to back it up. We want to write and draw the way we always have, he says, but we also want all the sharing, instant access, and searchability …

LG announces 'self-healing' G Flex, calls it first 'real' curved smartphone

After a series of leaks, LG has announced official details of its curved-screen smartphone, the G Flex. The phone, which uses flexible OLED screen technology to allow for a dramatic curve on the horizontal axis, is between 7.9 and 8.7mm thick at various points, weighs 177g, and has a 6-inch 720p …

Bed Fan with Wireless Remote

Too hot for you under the sheets? Cool off with a Bed Fan with Wireless Remote. Stop kicking the sheets off in the middle of the night. This fan …

Slow Playback Answering Machine

How many times have you gotten a message on your answering machine that either has the person talking so fast you don’t understand them or giving you …

Astronaut USB Light

If you believe, they put a man on the moon. You won’t have to wrestle with any light switches near your computer with this Astronaut USB Light. The …

Shark Laundry Basket

I don’t know about you, but in my life I try to live every day as if it were shark week. Laundry day is no exception, especially when you’re tossing …

Star Wars R2-D2 Talking Bank

Bleep and bloop your savings to intergalactic levels with the R2-D2 Talking Bank. Place a coin into this 7.5″ tall bank and Artoo makes some of his …

Google Chrome and Plus One Pillows

Plus one that nap with either the Google Chrome or Google+ pillow. Each officially licensed soft fleece fluffy pillow measures 12″ square and …

SUV Luggage Rack Tent

Ever wished you could just set up camp instantly anywhere you can drive to? You can with the ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent. This tent unfolds in just …

Fly on Water with the Hydro Powered Jetovator

Believe it or not, you can be walking on air (over water) with the Hydro Powered Jetovator. This personal flying vehicle soars you up 25′ into the …

Verizon LG G2 Available for $0.01 With A Contract on Amazon

If you are thinking about getting yourself a spanking new 32GB LG G2 and don’t have any problem signing up a contract with Verizon, Amazon is …

Gear & Gadgets

AT&T Nokia Lumia 1020 Available for $99.99 on Amazon

Nokia Lumia 1020 launched with an insane price tag of $299.99 on-contract. Last month, the price of the mega camera phone was slashed by $100 in the …

Mobile Technology

Another Google Nexus 5 Press Render Leaked

Google could unveil the long-rumored Nexus 5 any time now. We’ve seen the handset getting leaked on several occasions, including a brief appearance …

Android News