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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?:

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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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:

shirts

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!

godaddy

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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17 Sep 2014

.xyz is Taking Industry-Leading Measures to Prevent Fraud and Spam

As an industry-leading registry operator, .xyz has spent quite a bit of time prepping for anything that might go wrong in a namespace that’s as popular as we’ve become. So even though we’re busy promoting the next big thing, we’ve been just as proactive behind the scenes to monitor and block spam, plus other forms of abuse.

Sure, ICANN requires all registries to do some self-monitoring. But at .xyz, we have taken things waaay further by not only securing partnerships and direct data feeds from some of the world’s most trusted anti-spam and anti-malware providers, but we’ve taken our innovation skills to the max by developing our own in-house abuse technology – all in an effort to protect internet users everywhere.

So what kind of voodoo magic are we doing behind our shiny purple logo? In short, we’re proactively tracking down spam, analyzing it in a heartbeat, then promptly blocking any domain that we confirm is a source of abuse. We can ramble all day about this, but it’s probably just easier to check out our Acceptable Use and Anti-Abuse Policy for more info on what will get someone canned.

We’ve promised to bring innovation to the internet and we’re delivering in a big way. Whether you have a .xyz website or are one of the millions of people who visit one, rest assured that you’ll be safe in our namespace.

Got questions? Want to stay up-to-date on all things XYZ? Follow us on all the usual sites @XYZ.

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17 Sep 2014

.xyz is Global

مرحبا,  Γεια σας, שלום, ສະບາຍດີ,  Алло,  สวัสดี,  こんにちは,  안녕하세요 and hello, #GenXYZ!

We’re a little over a month old and we’ve truly gone global – twice over.

First, we’re excited to announce that we fully support IDNs! What does that even mean? IDN is short for “International Domain Names”. You can now get your perfect .xyz domain names in additional languages and scripts, opening the doors to connect with users in every corner of the world. www.サッカー.xyz? That’s “soccer” in Japanese. Pretty cool huh?

And there’s more. Register .xyz domains in any of these 10 languages and scripts:

  • Arabic
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Latin
  • Lao
  • Russian
  • Thai
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Chinese (coming soon)

.xyz has gone global in another big way. If you check out the homepages of major domain name retailers (also known as registrars) like GoDaddy, you’ll find us prominently featured all over the place.

godaddy-hp-7.9.14.xyz on GoDaddy (US)

It’s like a .xyz scavenger hunt. Can you spot us on these websites? We’re highlighted all over the world through these registrars, in locations like the US, UK, Japan, China, Russia, Africa, and even Luxembourg.

nowcn-hp-7.9.14.xyz on now.cn (China)

webnamesru-hp-7.9.14.xyz on webnames.ru (Russia)

123reg-hp-7.9.14.xyz on 123-reg (UK)

onamae-hp-7.9.14.xyz on onamae.com (Japan)

EuroDNS 5.28.14.xyz on EuroDNS (Luxembourg)

Keep looking out for us, #GenXYZ – we promise to work hard and have .xyz domain names available to you all over the world. If you see us out there in the wild, give us a shoutout @xyz on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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