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24 Sep 2014

2015 Mustang-based Saleen S302 to boast as much as 640 hp

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2015 Saleen S302 Mustang

2015 Saleen S302 MustangThe Ford Mustang is obviously a famous performance vehicle in its own right, but it often works even better as a platform for the aftermarket to upgrade. With the all-new 2015 model just now hitting the scene, the famous tuners at Saleen are getting their improvements for the new pony car ready for the world. After recently teasing it, the specs for its fresh S302 model are officially here, along with a first look at it in profile.

Of course, the biggest question on everyone’s mind is how much power the company can get from the Mustang’s V8. With the 2015 V8 model rated at 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet, Saleen expects to bump the Ford factory numbers slightly to 450 hp and 410 lb-ft in naturally aspirated form, or with the benefit of a supercharger, it will rocket the engine’s output figures to 640 hp and 565 lb-ft. No matter which powerplant a buyer chooses, there are a wide variety of available final-drive ratios with a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

Available as either a coupe or convertible forms, Saleen will offer its S302 in three trim levels – White Label, Yellow Label and Black Label. The White Label is the only naturally aspirated one of the bunch, but it still benefits from upgrades like a new exhaust, limited-slip differential, improved suspension, heat extractor hood and rear wing.

The real action is in the supercharged Yellow and Black Labels. The Yellow version basically follows the same path as the White trim, except with extra power. However, the Black gets the full suite of mods, including a center induction hood, side skirts, a new rear fascia integrated with the exhaust, further suspension upgrades, illuminated sill places, leather and Alcantara seats, plus a whole range of optional colors.

The company is currently taking reservations for the S302 for $2,015 (we see what you did there, Saleen). Scroll down to read the company’s brief press release about its latest, tuned Mustang, and click through the gallery to read the whole order guide, including this supercharged pony car’s specs.

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2015 Mustang-based Saleen S302 to boast as much as 640 hp originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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22 Sep 2014

.xyz on Net Neutrality

All the buzz these days is something near and dear to our hearts – and that’s the topic of Net Neutrality. Here at .xyz, our core mission to provide the most affordable and flexible domain extension is rooted in the same principles as Net Neutrality. Regardless of age, location, or interests, everyone should have equal access to the internet.

The internet is one of the world’s greatest inventions that allows us to connect, share ideas, conduct business, and even spur social change from our living room or a cafe. Here in the US, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is trying to set new rules that essentially give Internet Service Providers (like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast) the ability to charge HUGE amounts of money in order to get faster internet. Equal access – the backbone of Net Neutrality – is taken away if this ruling goes through.

What does that mean for you, #GenXYZ? Say you’re ready to take your amazing new venture online. Today, you register your .xyz domain, build an awesome website, and start promoting your business. That’s the beauty of the internet – it makes it easy for individuals like Nader.xyz to showcase his portfolio, build his business, and get found online.

Now, if the new FCC rules are put into place, individuals and businesses will all of a sudden be asked to pay a premium for the bandwidth and service they already signed up for. That’s like waiting in line at the buffet and watching people cut in front of you because they tipped the server.

What do you do when a website doesn’t load for even 15 seconds?

 

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….Exactly. You’ll move on. Unless you can shell out potentially big bucks, visitors will turn away from your site because the faster internet speeds will be reserved for the guys that are willing to pay more for it.

The FCC accepted public comments and almost 3.7 million poured in (that’s equal to the entire population of Los Angeles)! And the majority are in support of Net Neutrality. Join us, #GenXYZ, in fighting for Net Neutrality. First step? Visit SaveTheInternet.com to learn more and take action.

We promise to continue to offer .xyz as the most affordable and flexible domain extension for every website, everywhere, so YOU have the power to shape and grow your place on the internet. As the only global domain extension that gives unlimited choice to individuals and businesses alike, Net Neutrality is what we strive for.

In support of Net Neutrality,
Team XYZ

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20 Sep 2014

Man orders $20M-worth of Rolls-Royce Phantoms

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Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase order by Stephen Hung

Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase Louis XIII HotelThe term “luxury” gets thrown around a lot when speaking about vehicles that are actually somewhat affordable like BMWs and Cadillacs, but Rolls-Royce and hotel magnate Stephen Hung (above in the wild suit) are proving what real opulence really is with the largest single order from the fabled British marque, ever. Hung is purchasing 30 custom examples of the Phantom Extended Wheelbase (pictured right) for $20 million. To push the deal even further over the top, two of the Phantoms are the most expensive examples ever commissioned.

This assemblage of über-luxury sedans isn’t for Hung’s personal collection. Instead, the cars are going to be part of the fleet for the swanky hotel and casino that he’s opening in Macau, China, in 2016 called the Louis XIII. According to The Washington Post, when the 200-room resort opens, the Louis XIII is supposed to be one of the most mind-blowing places in the world, including a suite that costs $100,000 a night.

When completed, the 30 cars will be in matching crimson red to echo the exterior of the hotel. That color will be carried into the interior trim, as well, including the gauges, and the seats will have a checker board pattern. Each one will be outfitted with a bespoke clock from Graff Luxury Watches. The two most expensive Phantoms will get all of this attention, plus gold-plated trim covering the interior and exterior.

As this huge order suggests, Hung doesn’t do anything on a small scale. If you need even more proof of that, Rolls-Royce isn’t just providing him with the cars, the automaker is also helping to design the parking area to house them and training the staff to drive the special fleet. Scroll down to read the full announcement of this historic order.

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Man orders $20M-worth of Rolls-Royce Phantoms originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:30:00 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

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

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

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?:

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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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17 Sep 2014

#Itsgotime

Hey #GenXYZ!

Just one week into general availability, Daniel Negari and the rest of us on the XYZ team packed up our bags – along with a ton of .xyz t-shirts – to go on an epic GoDaddy road show. And what better way to go on an epic road trip than to rent an epic RV, complete with a bedroom, full bathroom, and extendable kitchen and dining area?

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Before we get into the juicy details of our trip, it’s worth mentioning that folding and packing all these goodies was a much more ambitious task than anyone could have ever imagined. It took a dozen highly skilled XYZers, plus some very thoughtful friends, and roughly 23 hours to handle all of the logistics. We’re not kidding – it was all hands on deck this past Saturday from 10 am until we packed the last box into the RV at 1 am. Have a look at what a couple hundred shirts looks like:

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Several cases of Red Bull later, we hit the road in the XYZmobile. In just two days, we met thousands of GoDaddy employees in their Scottsdale HQ, as well as their offices in Tempe and Gilbert, Arizona. Each individual’s enthusiasm and passion was immediately evident, and getting to experience the sales reps’ excitement with them after helping their customers register the perfect .xyz domain was priceless. A number of GoDaddy employees registered .xyz names on the spot, even upgrading their .com’s to shorter and more memorable .xyz domains.

GoDaddy and .xyz were fortunate enough to share not one, but two HUGE milestones together this week. Upon first arriving in Scottsdale, GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving stopped by with a tip that some big news was about to be released. By now, everyone has heard about the company’s IPO for $100 million. Congrats Blake and the entire GoDaddy team!

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Channeling the excitement and energy from the big news, the sales team at the Gilbert office was able to help us reach our own .xyz milestone today. Just eight days after our general availability launch, .xyz became the first new domain extension to cross the 100,000 registration mark. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the occasion than by blowing the ceremonial horn with the wonderful people at GoDaddy.

The team is now in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the last stop of the GoDaddy road show. We’ll do a full recap upon our return, but in the mean time, check out some of the great photos and footage we’ve posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get all of our entertaining updates while on tour.

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