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2017 CAS LogoThe best quote I've seen from an auto exec this year? "A 12-second quarter mile, toy-hauling, three-row muscle car." Tim Kuniskis of Dodge on the 2018 Durango SRT

The 2017 Chicago Auto Show is about to kick into high-gear, and the Dodge and SRT brands are rocking the high-performance automotive world once again, bringing a huge burst of American power, acceleration and best-in-class tow capability to the three-row SUV segment with the new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT  (the fastest SUV in its class). Debuting in Chicago this week, the Durango will make its way into dealerships later this year. Now, check out this burnout!

2017 CAS LogoThe crew from Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. have announced the unveiling of a new, Limited Edition trim level for the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport at the Chicago Auto Show. Available in dealerships later this month, and priced at just $21,995, the LE is positioned directly above the ES base model. Check out a preview below...

2017 CAS LogoTwo years ago, straight from the floor of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, I served-up a shot of the 2017 Ford GT supercar that quickly became one of my most-liked Instagram posts at the time. Fast-forward two years, and here we are gearing up for #CAS17, and the folks at Ford have revealed their plans for this year's show. Yes, the GT will be there, but this year looks to have a focus on function, and they're leading things off with the first public debut of their all-new Expedition. Check out some highlights of what's to come...

2017 CAS LogoAt its world debut last month, Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda dubbed the 2018 Toyota Camry a "sexy" ride. Is it? That's for families to find out as it comes to the Chicago Auto Show, where it will be on display alongside more than 50 cars, trucks and SUVs in Toyota’s exhibit at Chicago’s McCormick Place from February 10-22. Going beyond the norm, Toyota is bringing some additional camera-worthy vehicles, including the Chicago Cubs Tundra that drove in the victory parade last fall, and the custom Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Camry, which was driven in last year’s NASCAR XFINITY race at Chicagoland Speedway. Check out more details in the announcement below...

2017 CAS LogoFamilies planning to attend the 2017 Chicago Auto Show should prepare themselves for a journey to a galaxy far, far away. In partnership with Lucasfilm Ltd., Nissan is bringing an immersive Rogue One: A Star Wars Story-inspired experience to the Windy City, with the centerpiece being the first-ever full-size production vehicle to include Star Wars-branded elements, the Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition. But that's just the start...

2017 CAS LogoOur girls will turn five and eight this year. I still can't believe how fast they're growing up, and while much is changing, there are certain uncalled-for challenges that my wife and I have continually had to deal with over the years. As a parent - a father - my blood boils when my girls come home telling me that certain things are "girl" or "boy" things, or worse yet - when someone tells them that they cannot do something because "that's for boys." I've politely corrected other children for saying such things in front of me, knowing full well that what they're saying isn't coming from the mind of a child, but is information that has erroneously been fed to them by grownups in their lives. Just because some children are force-fed dated views, does not mean that I will allow it to cause confusion in our home. I've seen how playing the gender card can cause kids to question their self-worth, and I'll be damned if my girls grow into adulthood thinking that they are somehow worth less, simply because of their gender. Take a look at the Super Bowl Game Day commercial from Audi of America, entitled "Daughter," below...

Thursday, February 02 2017 00:35

First-Look: The 2017 McLaren 570S Push Car from Step2!

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While New York Toy Fair is still a few weeks off, the action is heating up at the Spielwarenmesse Toy Fair in Nuremburg, Germany right now. Some big news comes from my friends at The Step2 Company, who have finally dropped the curtain on their latest collaboration - one with British luxury Sports and Supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive to launch the officially licensed Step2® McLaren 570S Push Sports Car, a toddler-sized push car version of the McLaren 570S sports car. While the grownup version of the McLaren 570S will set you back around $185,000, the Step2 version will only run $79.99.

If you happened to catch my latest column at The Toy Insider, then you've already seen a version of that image up-top: a pair of 1974 Dodge Monaco police cars operating on opposite sides of the law. Those 1:64-scale diecast replicas of vehicles from John Landis' 1980 film, The Blues Brothers, are among many produced over the past few years as part of the Greenlight Hollywood series from Greenlight Collectibles. While these have been out there for awhile, the few additional photos that I've shared on social media have piqued some interest, so I'm sharing more right here on the site.

Thursday, January 26 2017 10:10

Rewind: 38 Years Ago, The Dukes of Hazzard Arrived...

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Things have really changed over the course of the past few years. It was 2014 when I posted about the 35th Anniversary of The Dukes of Hazzard premiering on CBS. A year later, amid outcry due to events in South Carolina, Warner Bros. Consumer Products found itself under fire for licensing replicas of the show's most iconic "character" - the 1969 Dodge Charger known as "The General Lee." Now deemed "politically incorrect" due to the "stars and bars" atop its roof, licensing of the car with its signature feature - a Confederate flag - ceased, and soon after, even re-runs of the series on CMT came to an end. Regardless of what might be deemed (in)appropriate by some today, you cannot erase history, nor can you offer "alternate facts" to what came before.  It was January 26, 1979 that audiences first took a trip to Hazzard County, making today the 38th Anniversary of the series. Queue-up the Waylon...

Over the past few months, I've found Codemasters' Micro Machines mobile game for iOS to be highly entertaining. Bringing the classic idea of Hasbro's Micro Machines into the video game world with race tracks and courses based on the real world - playing Micro Machines on your kitchen table, floors, a pool table, and more - it's been big fun at small scale. Now comes news that the action is getting bigger, and in HD. Micro Machines World Series is racing onto Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC this April, and I've got the trailer and game details for you below...

Saturday, January 14 2017 20:49

Review: Hot Wheels PlayTape Track by InRoad Toys

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The folks at InRoad Toys have been making PlayTape for a few years now - innovative peel-and-stick road pieces and train tracks that allow kids to use their imagination for creating new layouts to use with their favorite toy cars or train sets. Last year, they partnered with Mattel for a licensed assortment of Hot Wheels Playtape Track, bringing the iconic "Orange Track" to the PlayTape realm for the very first time. Touting hours of open-ended play that kids can "unroll, stick & race," the folks at InRoad sent some samples to the Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ™, and The Rock Daughters™ were more than happy to go hands-on! Check out the video below...

I'm getting a real Days of Thunder vibe from a lot of what I've seen thus far from Disney•Pixar's Cars 3, and I'm digging it. I grew up on racing (a lot of people don't know that), and I'm known for wearing a Cars Radiator Springs racing jacket on a fairly regular basis. That said, Cars 3 is looking good, and this "Extended Sneak-Peek" shows a little more of what's going on, and it's still not even a proper trailer for the film! After making a splash at a special press conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit yesterday, you can bet the name "Lightning McQueen" is fresh in the minds of many car-lovers far and wide. An old racer back to the dirt track, and even some figure eight (a Tournament of Destruction, perhaps?) action in the mix - check this out!

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