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18 Sep 2014

Bob Seger’s Detroit Made music video is an homage to the Motor City

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Bob Seger Detroit Made music video

At this point, Bob Seger feels like the living embodiment of old-school rock ‘n’ roll. The Michigan native has been strumming out classic records like Night Moves for decades, and he just released a new single called Detroit Made. It sounds like a future staple of just about every classic car show within the next few years, and the video is dedicated to the Motor City, past and future.

Detroit Made is all about cruising in the city in a classic Buick Electra 225, perhaps better known as a “deuce and a quarter.” It’s straight-down-the-middle rock and could just as easily be from a decades-old Seger album as something new.

The video for the new single mixes shots of American classics cruising along Woodward Avenue with a contemporary look at the city. Sure, there are the well-known dilapidated buildings falling into rubble, but the people there aren’t just letting the city die. Other parts show the attempts to clean things up and rebuild. Check out the video if you need a few minutes of old school rockin’ in your life.

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Bob Seger’s Detroit Made music video is an homage to the Motor City originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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18 Sep 2014

Dodge Viper saved from crusher by students, but will it last?

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1992 Dodge Viper

The saga of the Washington state community college hoping to keep its allegedly pre-production Dodge Viper out of the maw of the crusher is going strong. Not only does the school still have the car, but there’s a chance that the college might even get to keep it.

The whole situation flared up in March when the South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, WA, received a notice from Chrysler Group that requested that the school’s Viper be destroyed. The automaker had loaned the muscle car to it about a decade ago to use for educational purposes in its auto tech classes. With the Dodge growing long in the tooth, “it is unlikely that these vehicles offer any educational value to students,” the company said in its press release on the matter.

However, the college balked at destroying its Viper, despite the fact it had signed a contract with Chrysler Group to do so. The school further claimed that its car was incredibly special because it was a pre-production example and just the fourth one made back in 1992. Although, as we pointed out at the time, the photos of the school’s vehicle showed a coupe that looked like a newer Viper GTS.

In a recent followup from Fox News, things appear to be tenuously positive for the college. It’s negotiating with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to find a way to get ownership of the Viper. A company spokesperson said for Fox’s story, “We continue to pursue an amicable resolution of the matter.” Until there’s a final verdict, this muscle machine is safe as an education tool to teach students how to wrench on its big V10. Hopefully, we won’t have to watch this Viper get crushed.

Dodge Viper saved from crusher by students, but will it last? originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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18 Sep 2014

Xcar goes analog with the Ferrari F40

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Ferrari F40

We will forever be in love with the Ferrari F40. From its blunt-force appearance to its 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine living and breathing perilously close to the driver’s head, the F40, the last model designed and built with input from Enzo Ferrari himself, has been and likely always will be the Ferrari of Ferraris for automotive enthusiasts who grew up in the 1980s.

All of this raises an interesting question: is the Ferrari F40 the best supercar of all time? A case can certainly be made, and after watching – and, just as importantly, listening to – all 17 minutes of blood-red Italian glory from Xcar, you’re going to have to try long and hard to convince us that anything could be sweeter than this particular Prancing Horse.

Watch the video above, aptly titled Analogue Animal. You owe it to yourself. So go ahead, sit back, turn up your speakers and click play.

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Xcar goes analog with the Ferrari F40 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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18 Sep 2014

Take a spin in a street-legal Lancia Group B rally car

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Petrolicious Lancia 037

Lancia’s death is sad for many, many reasons, chief among which is the end of its wonderful, wild rally heritage. While the brand might best be known for the Stratos and the Delta HF Integrale, there was another big name model, called the 037, that did its best to live up to the family name.

The last of a dying breed, the 037 debuted as a rear-driver at the dawn of all-wheel-drive dominance. Despite its disadvantage, though, it still captured a WRC championship in 1983, and managed to finish second to Audi in 1984 and Peugeot in 1986. It remains the last rear-drive car to win the WRC title.

As per Group B regulations, Lancia built a limited run of homolgation specials. The street version, the 037 Stradale, sports a 2.0-liter, supercharged Abarth engine – detuned from the rally cars, of course – while this particular example benefits from a rortier exhaust, meaning it produces somewhere around 240 horsepower, according to Toledano.

It’s a truly stunning piece, and one worthy of coverage by the team at Petrolicious. Take a look at the video.

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Take a spin in a street-legal Lancia Group B rally car originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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18 Sep 2014

Online Find of the Day: Lexus-engined Mercedes pickup is a vintage hybrid

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1971 Mercedes-Benz 220D Pickup with a Lexus V8

You have to love someone who gets incredibly committed to a very weird idea. What you see for sale here is a right-hand drive 1971 Mercedes-Benz 220D in South Africa, but this old Mercedes is now converted into a pickup, complete with bed cover, and there’s big secret under the hood, too.

The pickup conversion appears well done based on seller Sedgefield Classic Cars’ photos. Even the tonneau cover fits well. You could almost believe that this Mercedes lived its life as a Chevrolet El Camino-like pickup from the very beginning.

However, the rear-quarters conversion might not be the weirdest thing about this Mercedes. The original diesel is gone from the engine bay in favor of a Lexus V8. It seems really odd to pop the hood and find a Japanese mill in this German car, but the photos make it look like a fairly well performed swap. So, bravo to the crazy thinking. According to the seller speaking to Autoblog by email, “as far as we can establish, this was done a few years ago, with all Lexus components.”

Given the quality of the pickup conversion and engine swap, the interior could use a refresh. Though still useable, the seats are pretty beat up. We’d like to see the existing ones recovered, possibly in a modern but appropriate Lexus leather to subtly carry on the theme indoors.

After all of the work, this Mercedes is now a hybrid of German styling and Japanese power wrapped up in a pickup. However, the pricing for all of this weirdness is incredibly reasonable. The seller is asking a pretty reasonable-sounding 75,000 South African rand (about $6,810 at current exchange rates). We just wish it were located in the US.

Online Find of the Day: Lexus-engined Mercedes pickup is a vintage hybrid originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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18 Sep 2014

What you missed on 9.16.14

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Daily U-Turn

Bugatti VeyronBugatti Dynamic Driving Experience

Ever wonder what it’s like to have so much money that you can literally buy anything you want? What would that be like? Our man Basem Wasef gets to play the part of the rich distinguished gentleman as he learns what it’s like to be courted by Bugatti, and it sounds just as amazing as you would expect it to be.

robotic car Do we need a Federal Robotics Commission?

In case you hadn’t noticed, today’s cars and trucks are incredibly complex pieces of machinery with an ever-increasing bevy of computer programming baked in. And that’s a trend that isn’t going to be changing any time soon. Does the US need a Federal Robotics Commission to monitor such future tech as driverless cars?

Bentley Mulsanne SpeedBentley Mulsanne Speed is a monster of torque

Torque. It’s good. In fact, it’s great. Torque is the force that gets a car’s wheels moving, and the more of it an engine produces, the more smoke its rear wheels can create on their way to pushing a car forward. So, how much torque is enough? How about 811 lb-ft at just 1,750 rpm? Yes, Bentley, that sounds like *just* enough.

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What you missed on 9.16.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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18 Sep 2014

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe configurator is ready to get personal

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If you are in the market for a luxury coupe but would prefer it to be American, then you are in luck because the configurator for the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe is now online.

Prices for the Cadillac start at $38,990 (including the $995 destination fee) for the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, or $46,145 for the 321-hp, 275-lb-ft 3.6-liter V6. Gearbox options include a six-speed manual on some 2.0 models or a six-speed automatic on both of them, and they can be ordered with all-wheel drive for $2,450 to the four-cylinder or $2,600 to the 3.6.

One thing that Cadillac does especially well here is giving customers a plethora of models and options to choose from. Trim level choices include standard, luxury, performance and premium for the four-cylinder or luxury, performance and premium for the V6. There are also 10 colors available, five of which carry an extra premium of $495 or $995. Upgraded interior packages for $1,295 add improved trim and leather, as well.

The two major option packages for the ATS Coupe are Cadillac’s Cue Infotainment, the price of which varies with the various trims and is standard on premium models. There’s also a Driver Assist Package for $3,035 that adds adaptive cruise control, collision preparation with brake assist, automatic braking, rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert and lane change alert.

If you like the angular looks of the ATS sedan but just wish it had two fewer doors and a touch more style, then go build an ATS Coupe to see what you think.

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe configurator is ready to get personal originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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18 Sep 2014

GM dealers have ordered 30k Colorado and Canyon pickups, 3rd shift added

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2015 GMC Canyon

General Motors has an early success on its hands in the form of the initial rollout of the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks. According to the automaker, dealers have ordered nearly 30,000 of the trucks thus far, a number that far exceeded GM’s early expectations.

This high demand for the Colorado and Canyon twins has prompted GM to add a third shift to its Wentzville Assembly plant where the trucks are built, starting early next year. An extra shift will add an additional 750 jobs at the location to the 1,315 that were already employed there, according to the press release that you’re welcome to read down below.

Such positive sales projections for the Canyon and Colorado may portend good things for the midsize pickup segment, which was once hugely popular but has more recently contracted, with the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma standing firm as the market leaders. Now that GM’s entries are the most up-to-date, and with the segment’s first diesel engine on the way, it will be interesting to see how the trucks continue to sell and if their hopeful success leads more automakers back onto the playing field.

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GM dealers have ordered 30k Colorado and Canyon pickups, 3rd shift added originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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17 Sep 2014

.xyz – we’re LIVE!

.xyz is finally here! We launched yesterday morning at 9 am (PDT) and what a whirlwind it was. #GenXYZ, did you get your favorite .xyz domain names?

Thanks to all of your support and #GenXYZ love, we received over 31,000 registrations for .xyz domain names within the first 24 hours – that number makes our launch one of the most successful in internet history! We heard your flooding registrations crashed some servers – an impressive feat, we must say. But we’re so thankful and excited that everyone hung in there and got their .xyz names.

We had a little bet going on in the office to see who could most accurately guess the first day registration number, The Price is Right style. Check out this clip from our launch day to see the reveal:

Oh, and one more thing. In case you missed our tweet yesterday, check this out. Any guesses on what he could be up to?:

kevinhart

So marks the first day of the world with .xyz. This is just the beginning of the Generation XYZ movement, so stay tuned by following @xyz on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and hear insights straight from the horse’s mouth at CEO and Founder Daniel Negari’s blog. Until next time, #GenXYZ.

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17 Sep 2014

2014 – The Year of the Registrant

.xyz has seen enormous success in just our first week of being live. We have become the #1 new domain extension, and we owe it all to the support from YOU and all of our early adopters. We appreciate and give thanks to YOU, the registrant. We positioned .xyz to be the first affordable and truly generic domain extension, and with your help, we have now successfully created Generation XYZ. Our goal – to enable entrepreneurship and innovation for the next generation of internet users – is being realized through YOUR ideas and websites.

We have seen literally hundreds of .xyz websites pop up in this first week, and we are in the process of creating a section on gen.xyz to showcase your creations! It is interesting to see registrants from every country and interest now use .xyz as a platform to innovate. Let’s look at some examples below:

Vij.com is transitioning to Vij.xyz (notice that they have put Vij.com up for sale)

Vij is now .xyz!

An SEO Website from Thailand

ThaiSeo.xyz, an SEO website from Thailand.

Chats.xyz – a Forum created by a UK Registrant

Chats - Forum Chat, Discuss Anything!

DBT.xyz – an online store based out of China

Screenshot of dbt.xyz, an online store

Some encouraging words from a believer:
“I purchased close to 50 .xyz names and counting. I truly believe in something really big here. You allowed for great names by everyone to register and I’d like to thank you. When watching your videos it only makes me believe more. You’re an innovator and a true winner!”

These are just a few of the highlights from the past week. There are countless individuals and businesses that are using their shorter, more memorable .xyz domain names to be found online, and we expect thousands more to pop up over the coming weeks.

.xyz is the platform for every internet user to develop or upgrade their online presence with the perfect domain name. It can be used by anyone in the world for any purpose, and the examples above are just a taste of what’s to come. As more .xyz websites come online, we will continue to showcase some of our favorites on our blog, as well as on ceo.xyz.

Do you want your .xyz website featured? Email us at hello@gen.xyz.

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