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Amir Iliaifar

Amir Iliaifar

Former Digital Trends Contributor

Associate Automotive Section Editor for Digital Trends, Amir Iliaifar covers the ever increasing cross-section between tech
and automobiles. When he's not out reviewing the latest car and car
tech, Amir can be found waking up at ungodly hours of the morning in
order to watch his beloved football clubs: Arsenal F.C. and Juventus
F.C.. You can find him on Twitter (@digitalamir) and Instagram
(digitalamir), or contact him directly at

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Watching out when you aren’t: Infiniti’s and Mercedes’ car safety suites square off

Infiniti and Mercedes Benz both have extensive driver and vehicle safety suites, respectively called Safety Shield and Intelligent Drive. Which is better?
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2013 Honda Fit EV review

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Failed with Fisker but triumphed with Tesla, DoE to revive advanced vehicle loan program

Despite enduring great political scrutiny from the Republican Party, the DOE is reviving its Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program.
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Name that tail light! Motor Recall iPhone app has you guessing car models at night

A new app for the iPhone called Motor Recall has self-proclaimed auto buffs testing their knowledge as they guess car models based on its front and rear lights.
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Nissan pledges Autonomous Drive tech will be ready by 2020 and not just for rich people

Not only will it be available by 2020, but Nissan is pledging that its Autonomous Drive tech will be affordable for a wide spectrum of drivers.
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Despite its elegant good looks, the Aston Martin DBC concept will remain a dream

The Aston Martin DBC concept may live on a computer but it's so good, it could just as easily roll out of the company's Gaydon, Warwickshire plant. The DBC possesses a unique quality all its own – no easy task when designing a concept car.
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First Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Chevy says Spark EV can save you a cool $9,000 in gas over a five-year period

Chevrolet knows how important money is, which is why the American automaker is appealing to people’s wallets by claiming that the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV can save drivers $9,000 in fuel costs over a five year period.
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2015 Ford C-MAX Energi review

Does Ford’s first dedicated plug-in fizzle or does the C-MAX Energi deserve a place in the Blue Oval’s rapidly growing green car portfolio?
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Beyond the tech, autonomous driving is an issue of trust – and parking

We assume it's a lack of technology that keeps us from enjoying all the cool stuff we see in the movies, but when it comes to autonomous vehicles, it's a lack of trust and infrastructure keeping us at bay.

Hold the phone! New study says talking and driving not as dangerous as we think

Cell phones, long thought the cause of increased car crashes, may not be as bad as once perceived, according to a study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University and the London School of Economics.

MINI ‘Boost’ concept looks like a Cooper roadster on steroids

Concept cars are meant to look futuristic while tying together a brand's past and present. But apparently nobody told that to German designer Liviu Tudoran, creator of the MINI Boost concept, who decided to put his own spin on the brand's iconic look.

New Zealand woman manages to text while sleeping – and driving 187 miles

Think drinking and driving is bad? A woman from New Zealand recently drove 187 miles while sleeping and texting.

Irony alert! Tennessee Tesla driver causes blackout after crashing into power pole

For most of us, owning a Model S means driving in such a way that ensures no harm befalls it. Bur for one boneheaded Tennessee Tesla owner, caution was thrown to the wayside when she decided to drink and drive straight into a pole.

Mercedes-Benz’s Google Glass app streams directions straight to your eyeballs

Mercedes-Benz is hoping to deliver to its customers a more streamlined navigation experience with its own Google Glass navigation app.

Chrysler forced to recall faulty Fiat 500e models

Chrysler has been forced to recall a number of Fiat 500e models while insisting the issue has nothing to do with the vehicle's all-electric powertrain.

RTFM*? Not anymore! Audi replacing 2015 A3 manual with interactive augmented reality app

Audi wants to do away with archaic car manuals and its looking like its eKurzinfo augmented reality app could get the job done.

Is Toyota’s 400hp Hybrid-R Concept the hot hatch of our dreams?

Toyota recently released another teaser image of its Hybrid-R Concept, which is expected to debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Baby Macan SUV could cause sales bliss for Porsche, fund more exciting sports cars

Porche's Macan small sport utiltiy vehicle isn’t even out yet and it's already being touted as the company's best selling model.

Audi’s thinly veiled (literally) teaser video hints at new A8 and S8 sedans

Audi has released a teaser video for its upcoming 2015 A8 and S8 sedans, announcing that it will also stream the event live online on August 21. So what clues did we cull from the short video?

Futuristic ‘Estill’ concept car is one crazy-looking Cadillac

California-based designer Ondrej Jirec looks into his crystal ball and gives us all a glimpse into the brand's future with the futuristic and funky Cadillac Estill concept.

Will the success of Tesla’s Model S speed along a $35k model with a 200-mile range?

With the en vogue EV-maker doing so well, will the recent success of the Model S spur the development of a more affordable version?
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First Drive: 2013 Smart ED

Traversing San Francisco’s treacherous terrain is hard enough for gasoline-powered cars – let alone EVs. So naturally I was eager to find out how the 2013 Smart ED would fare during my recent test drive through the City by the Bay.

The cat’s claws: Jaguar F-Type’s hidden transmission and suspension tech revealed

The 2014 Jaguar F-Type certainly has good looks, but peel back that gorgeous shell and its clear this cat is packing the needed tech to go with the beauty.
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2013 Cadillac XTS review

Automotive tech a la carte: Upgrade your ride with these technology add-ons

If you don't have the fanciest set of wheels, try simple tech add-ons like GPS and a remote starter to bring your car's sophistication up a few notches.
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460 horsepower, 30mpg: How GM’s Corvette engineers pulled off the impossible

When equipped with a seven-speed manual transmission, Chevrolet claims that the Stingray will achieve up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway. How?
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2014 Acura RDX review

Honda and by extensions Acura are in the business of making some fine cars but lately its run of vehicles has failed to excite. With 2014 Acura RDX, does the Japanese luxury automaker ignite a spark in our engines?
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BMW’s i3 needs to shock the EV market if it wants to be Bavaria’s battery-powered champ

BMW's i3 electric city car is slated to launch next year but BMW can't afford to delay any further if it wants to capture the luxury EV market.
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2014 Kia Cadenza review

‘GlassTesla’ app harnesses the power of Google Glass to control your Model S

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2013 Infiniti QX56 review

Tred test drive service delivers new car buying experience straight to your door

Tred, a new test drive service launching in Seattle, is looking to soundly defeat the dread experienced when buying a new car at the dealership.
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2013 Mercedes GL350 BlueTec review