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Online Find Of The Day: Custom 2005 Chevy SSR is late for Shark Week

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2005 Chevy SSR Custom

Even when brand new, the Chevrolet SSR wasn't the most beloved car on the market. Its attempt to mix a pickup, convertible sports car and retro styling caused to be a love-it-or-hate-it design. With most people falling deeply into the latter camp, production only lasted from 2003 to 2006.

But let's just say one of the most polarizing vehicles of the last decade wasn't enough for you. What would you do? Well, one owner commissioned a fiberglass body kit with reptile eyes, snout, fangs and spiky tail to create the dinoSSauR, as the dealer calls this creation. It can be yours for the low, low price of $34,988.

To this 2005 SSR's credit, the dealer claims just 6,468 miles on the clock - possibly because no one would ever want to be caught driving it. Although, Halloween is coming, and it could be a great match for your caveman costume. The SSR has its stock 6.0-liter LS2 V8 under the hood with an aftermarket Magnaflow exhaust and a six-speed manual gearbox. It also comes fairly loaded with heated seats, an auto-dimming mirror, memory seats and more. So at least the dinoSSauR is a comfortable bit of rolling weirdness.

To add the cherry of oddness on top of this insane vehicle sundae, it's being offered by a dealer called North Freeway Hyundai in Spring, TX, which claims to be the largest SSR seller in the world having moved over 350 of them. If you're digging the idea of a dinosaur-inspired Chevy retro-truck convertible, head over to Cars.com and put this beauty in your garage.

Online Find Of The Day: Custom 2005 Chevy SSR is late for Shark Week originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata reveal to be livestreamed, feature Duran Duran

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We're all hungry like the wolf to see the unveiling of the next-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata on September 3, but Mazda is seriously excited about taking the sheet of its latest droptop because it has 1980s New Wave act Duran Duran headlining the event. In case you can't make it to Monterey, CA, Tokyo or Barcelona to watch the reveal happen, the brand is also livestreaming it on YouTube starting at 6:00 PM PT (9:00 PM ET). The Miata is then showing its all-new face again during the broadcast of Fashion Rocks on CBS on September 9 at 9:00 PM ET.

Facts about the new MX-5 have remained elusive, but we saw its bare chassis at the 2014 New York show. The roadster was rumored to return to the classic oval grille from the earlier models and also shed a decent amount of weight over the current version, possibly around 300 pounds.

Don't worry about noting the big reveal in your calendars, though. Not only will Autoblog be in attendance in Monterey to hear Simon Le Bon belt out Rio, we will also publish another post linking to the livestream before the unveiling. In the meantime, scroll down to read Mazda's announcement and check out the link to the stream, which just shows a countdown at the moment.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata reveal to be livestreamed, feature Duran Duran originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Starbucks to trawl for college students with food trucks

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The old joke about Starbucks is that there are so many of the coffee shops across America that in some places you can sit in one location sipping a pumpkin spice latte and actually be able see another one of its stores across the street. If you think the brand is everywhere now, it's going to be truly ubiquitous at three universities this fall with a pilot program that has food trucks serving coffee to caffeine-starved students and faculty.

According to BusinessWeek, Starbucks has about 11,500 stores nationwide, but the company wants to increase its presence on college campuses. Therefore, it's launching this pilot program to see how things work by using trucks. They're already following herds of students at Arizona State University and James Madison University in Virginia, and Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina gets its coffee-delivery vehicle on September 18.

The true genius behind this plan is that the trucks aren't just going to sit in one place all day. Instead, they are moving around throughout the day to give students their first fix in the morning and be right there in the afternoon to top off their cups. Starbucks is even promising to adjust the trucks' hours as needed on each campus to suit customers, even staying open later than the dining halls in some cases. The company clearly knows once you get people hooked; they are going to keep coming back for more. Scroll down to read Starbucks' announcement of the pilot program.

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Starbucks to trawl for college students with food trucks originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Mighty Autonomous Car

Posted by Tim Kaye on August 30, 2014 at 8:08am 1 Comment

Your everyday routine keeps you busy with the truckload of tasks that you have to handle. Between work and picking up groceries and laundry, your mind was probably on the deadline of your assignment when you hit the car beside yours while parking. Paying attention, contrary to what many would say, is now no more a biggie on your checklist while on the road.



Autonomous cars are going to change all that. Autonomous cars is a fancy term coined for self-

driven or driverless cars. These cars, as the name suggests, can be driven perfectly without human input.



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• We all know about cruise control. It helps to maintain a car’s speed on its own without having to…

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An SEO, one of the most common questions from potential clients goes something like this: “If we target keywords X, Y and Z, what kind of return can we expect on our investment? We need to know the potential ROI before we invest.”

Did you catch that? The keys to that question are the words investment and invest.

I’m a numbers guy, and one of my hobbies for quite a few years has been paper trading. I do some research, pick a handful of stocks to virtually buy, and watch their performance over the course of a few years, until I decide it’s a good time to virtually sell.

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Posted by Tim Kaye on August 29, 2014 at 5:30am 0 Comments

When a person is disabled or physically handicapped, it does not mean that it will stop him from enjoying the joy of driving. Suppose a family member or someone you care about is physically challenged. It's painful to see all the time that they need to depend on someone whenever they need to go out, even for just a ride. How does it feel when the youngsters grow up with some physical deformation, see that all their friends are getting their licenses to drive, but they can't? Well, now you have the answer. It is nothing but a car driven by joysticks.

Why a Joystick Controlled Car is Necessary?

We often see that it becomes impossible for those people to drive who are either without a limb or using prosthetic limbs. To make it easier for them there are cars…

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Don’t Let Your Video Become a Flash In the Pan

Posted by Brian Cox on August 29, 2014 at 4:34am 1 Comment

There’s no doubt that video marketing, in general, has become increasingly important in today’s world. Google has the search market cornered which is why, as marketers, it is important to pay close attention to the changes they make. However, did you know it’s even more important to pay attention to the second largest search engine in the world? You might think that I’m referring to Bing but, in fact, the second largest search engine is YouTube. Thus the importance of video for SEO.

 

Dealerships have increasingly embraced video in various degrees for years – from simple stitched videos to professionally created live walkarounds. There’s no doubt that consumers love video. In fact Google’s recent automotive study indicates that over 80 percent of car shoppers will watch a vehicle video and then…

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STANDISH, Maine, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- David DeSantis, Founder of ConversionsForSale.com, today announced the launch of GoLifted.org. This consumer resource site aids in the promotion of the New Lifted Truck Market as a whole by building consumer awareness of the products, lending education on market processes, and by presenting product availability and diversity options.

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Their President's Award Winning Service  Department is second to none ! They deliver Award Winning Service through a combination of a Professional Well Trained Staff. A Clean Modern Facility, State of the art Equipment , and Computerized Invoicing, Record Keeping and Information Systems. Zeck Ford provides friendly service at a very competitive price.

The average employment tenure of our service department staff is 9 years with some over 25 years!

Zeck Ford Service…

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How Simply Getting the Job Done Can Be a Bad Thing

Posted by Richard Holland on August 28, 2014 at 5:07am 2 Comments

Working at a car dealership often takes its toll on employees. The demands of a fifty, sixty or seventy hour work week often leaves the employee exhausted, mentally and physically. Generally, these employees are not clock-watchers, they are your commissioned sales people, your technicians, your management staff and they are the bread and butter for your dealership.  Are these long work hours the expectation that has been set by the organization, or it is part of the genetic makeup of these employees? Is their heart into it? Or are they only a cog that helps turn the wheel?

 

Also imagine the full-time, forty-hour per week receptionist, service cashier or parts counter employee that repeats the responsibilities of their job for eight hours a day.  They take their breaks and probably sneak in a…

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Are These Excuses Keeping You From Test Chatting Live Chat Vendors?

Posted by Lisandra Ramos on August 27, 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

“My dog ate my homework.”

For anyone who went through the United States’ public school system since the 1970s, this should be a very familiar excuse. And it may very well be the same excuse some dealers use to avoid doing their homework of test chatting their prospective chat providers before they buy a chat solution.

Avoid these top 3 excuses and learn why test chatting your potential managed chat provider is crucial to your vendor review process. Read on!

1. The price is right

Would you neglect to test drive your future vehicle if the price was unusually low? Definitely not.

A low-priced vehicle can throw up some red flags like: Has this used car been in any previous accidents? Or,…

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Social Media: When Marketing Becomes Mocketing

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Social media can be a tricky thing...

Finding and publishing content that a business’s audience will both enjoy and interact with can be challenging. And as Facebook exposure for business pages is increasingly diminishing, businesses are more dependent on audience engagement than ever for those elusive likes, shares and comments. The type of content posted is highly important as there is a line that can be crossed and turn public perception against you. Sometimes, what may have been a sincere piece of content can be perceived as simply self-promotional.

 

The reality is that behind every piece of content produced by a business there is a person...

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Didn't Email Marketing Die a Couple of Years Ago?

Posted by Jon Lamb on August 26, 2014 at 11:35pm 0 Comments

I know I read it somewhere. Email was dead. The spam filters won. Facebook won. Texting won. Dropbox won. Something or another killed off email marketing and it's apparently been dead for the last couple of years.

Then again, the data doesn't support the notion. People are still checking their email daily, hourly, and even in real time with each notification in their inbox. They check it on their phones, tablets, and desktops. Some even check it on their televisions or gaming platforms. Despite the reported demise of email as a communication tool, it's still alive and kicking in all of our lives.

"Ya, but it's dead for marketing."

We hear that a lot. Once again, the data doesn't support it. Gmail, Yahoo, and all of the big email providers have done a great job at filtering…

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Online Find Of The Day: Custom 2005 Chevy SSR is late for Shark Week

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2005 Chevy SSR Custom

Even when brand new, the Chevrolet SSR wasn't the most beloved car on the market. Its attempt to mix a pickup, convertible sports car and retro styling caused to be a love-it-or-hate-it design. With most people falling deeply into the latter camp, production only lasted from 2003 to 2006.

But let's just say one of the most polarizing vehicles of the last decade wasn't enough for you. What would you do? Well, one owner commissioned a fiberglass body kit with reptile eyes, snout, fangs and spiky tail to create the dinoSSauR, as the dealer calls this creation. It can be yours for the low, low price of $34,988.

To this 2005 SSR's credit, the dealer claims just 6,468 miles on the clock - possibly because no one would ever want to be caught driving it. Although, Halloween is coming, and it could be a great match for your caveman costume. The SSR has its stock 6.0-liter LS2 V8 under the hood with an aftermarket Magnaflow exhaust and a six-speed manual gearbox. It also comes fairly loaded with heated seats, an auto-dimming mirror, memory seats and more. So at least the dinoSSauR is a comfortable bit of rolling weirdness.

To add the cherry of oddness on top of this insane vehicle sundae, it's being offered by a dealer called North Freeway Hyundai in Spring, TX, which claims to be the largest SSR seller in the world having moved over 350 of them. If you're digging the idea of a dinosaur-inspired Chevy retro-truck convertible, head over to Cars.com and put this beauty in your garage.

Online Find Of The Day: Custom 2005 Chevy SSR is late for Shark Week originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Through the Google lens: search trends August 22-28

It was a busy week for entertainment junkies with the Emmys and VMAs, and the cat was out of the bag for Sanrio fans after a surprising piece of news. Read on for more on the last week in search:

And the Emmy goes to…
Though Breaking Bad took home the top honors at Monday’s Emmy Awards, people searched less for the acclaimed drama than for some of the event’s other, more unexpected happenings. American Horror Story’s Jessica Lange proved she’s still got it—she was the top search of the night. Meanwhile, Hayden Panettiere accidentally revealed the gender of her forthcoming baby, leading people to search for information about the actress and her fiancé Wladimir Klitschko. And it was a night of funny women: Julia Louis-Dreyfus did justice to her award for best actress in a comedy with a Seinfeld-inspired bit on stage… and a Seinfeld-throwback kiss just offstage; and Sarah Silverman won an award for best variety special (and showed off some unusual accessories). Other popular Emmys searches included HBO’s The Normal Heart, which was nominated for 16 awards and won two, and True Detective, which won for directing but did not capture the acting awards some expected.
I want my MTV
The other awards show making news this week was MTV’s Video Music Awards. As can only be expected at this point, Beyoncé’s performance was the highlight of the night; the day after the show, there were more than 50,000 searches for [beyonce vma performance] as people scrambled to re-live (or catch up with) the spectacle. But part of Bey’s appeal this time was actually her daughter, Blue Ivy, who appeared on stage (as well as in multiple GIFs, natch) to steal the show like only an adorable child can. Searchers were dazzled by performances by Ariana Grande (in a crystal onesie), Rita Ora (with diamonds in her manicure) and Iggy Azalea. Finally, Katy Perry and Riff Raff’s double denim red carpet tribute to that VMA power couple of the past, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, had people giggling—and searching.
Trouble out west
After a nine-year-old in Arizona accidentally shot and killed her shooting instructor with an Uzi, people came to Google to learn more about the incident, which has sparked debates throughout the country. And the largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 20+ years shook up Napa and surrounding counties this weekend, leading people to the web to learn more about the damage.

Raining [searches for] cats and dogs
Sanrio fans worldwide got some startling news this week: Hello Kitty is not a kitty. According to the Japanese company, she is a little girl. Whatever her species, she was a top trend in search this week. And for those of you who aren’t cat fans (in which case, do you even like the Internet?), there was National Dog Day, Tuesday’s top search and—if you ask us—a great excuse for thousands of people to share photos of their own favorite man’s best friend.

Tip of the week
Don’t let delays ruin your long weekend. To help you decide whether it’s faster to bike or take transit to your Labor Day destination, Google Search can show you all of your transportation options and estimated travel times on a single card. Just tap the mic and say “Ok Google, what’s the traffic like to AT&T Park” and easily switch between transportation modes to determine which route works best for you.

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Foam-filled Lexus NX spot too retro for America?

Drifting cars, techno music, string bikinis and foam parties. At first glance, Lexus' new "Shampoo" TV spot for the NX compact crossover that arrives in November seems tailor-made for the trendy young crowd that Toyota Motor's luxury brand craves.

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Even used-vehicle buyers are going online

This past year we saw a massive increase used automotive Internet usage (AIU) rate, as 68% of all used-vehicle buyers went online during the vehicle shopping process versus 63% in 2009.  The dramatic rise has narrowed the gap between used- and new- AIU rates. There are many fac tors at work.  One is the poor […]

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This week I decided to check out automotive iPad apps.  These first-generation entries are at times engaging, but ultimately I often found than frustrating and rather limited. Let’s start with one of my favorite usability rants: hot spots.  They’re quick, which is probably why three OEM iPad apps incorporate them.  They’re also dirty – pretty […]

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It’s no secret that auto manufacturers are creating better vehicles than ever before – safer, more feature-rich, higher quality, and more reliable.  Data from our Vehicle Dependability Study, which surveys owners of three-year-old vehicles regarding the number of problems experienced in the prior twelve months, backs the assertion of improved reliability.  As illustrated below, these […]

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As more in-vehicle audio and entertainment options become available to consumers, the question of satellite radio’s relevance has become more prominent. Most vehicle sold today have satellite radio at least as an option, if not standard, and most new car buyers are given a trial subscription, usually anywhere from one to six months. This gives […]

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The average age of new-vehicle buyers increased dramatically from 46.5 in 2008 to 53.4 in 2010 (Source: 2010 Auto Offline Media Report – Summer) as lower income buyers – who are often younger – were forced out of the market due to the poor economic environment.  This shift has impacted almost every automotive brand, including […]

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