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Rides: Rockin' the Road with Fuel Rewards from Shell...

THE ROCK FATHER Magazine is a #ShellCrowd #FuelRewards Brand Ambassador, taking part in a special content series with SocialStars and Shell.

We drive a lot. And when I say "a lot," I mean it. Our cars log some serious miles each year, with my wife putting at least 80 miles a day on her Chevy, five days-a-week. My adventures are a lot more unexpected and open-ended, but even my daily driver (my little Scion workhorse) has nearly 200,000 miles on it, and even though much of what I do these days involves cruising around town with The Rock Daughters™, we go through a lot of fuel. That's where Shell's Fuel Rewards program comes in - it's a real rewards program that provides real savings on something you actually use... fuel! And you can earn those rewards just by living your life, and doing the things that you're already doing. It's very simple.

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RIP Scion (2003-2016)

I had a feeling that this was coming. In fact, a lot of people did - rumblings of which I even heard while attending the press launch of the 2016 iM and iA: Scion is dead. Perhaps that's an overly-dramatic way to deem it, but that's the way the automotive press is reporting it - a slow demise after years of declining sales, and this morning, Toyota finally called it. Officially, at 9am Central Time, Scion was no more. As of August 2016, the 2017 Model Year Scion's will be rebadged as Toyotas, with the FR-S Sports Car (reviewed here) and the iM and iA making the leap. As a first-generation Scion owner (my custom-ordered 2005 xB pictured up-top with my daughters), it's a bummer to see the name disappear, but I totally get why they did it. You can read the official announcement from Toyota below, along with a video message from Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz, talkiing about the Scion brand's transition to Toyota.

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Preview: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica - An All-New Minivan from the Ground Up...

It's auto show season, and the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has been unveiled as an all-new minivan from the folks who pioneered the category. The new family ride has been redesigned fresh from the ground-up, available in both gas and hybrid models. Hopefully we'll get to go hands-on and test one of these in the near future for Rock Father Rides (or at least see it at the Chicago Auto Show), but in the meantime, check out a preview video. Is it wrong that I was just as excited to see the Pacifica make repeated passes by what was once THE MUNSTERS Mansion on the Universal Studios Backlot? Pay attention...

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The 2016 Corvette Z06 is Racing into Your Child's Bedroom from Step2 & General Motors

It's feels a little weird posting this - the first news out of The Step2 Company to arrive here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine after my gig as a Step2 Brand Ambassador crossed the finish line at the end of a fantastic three-year run. While I'm no longer on the payroll, I'll still be sharing updates like this one - something right up my alley, and a product that I saw first-hand during my last visit to Step2 HQ in Streetsboro, Ohio last year: The Step2® Z06 Chevrolet Corvette Toddler-to-Twin Bed. Kicking off 2016 in style, the realistic looking bed will have children racing to sleep with a sleek design that even parents can enjoy, bringing a world-class American Supercar into kids' bedrooms.

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Preview: KIA Hints at a "Possible Premium Large SUV" for Detroit...

My inbox has been blowing up with news out of Kia Motors America today - one of my favorite automakers, and one that's turning out some interesting things. While they're at CES in Las Vegas right now with the stunning Kia NOVO concept that debuted in Seoul last year, they're also touting autonomous rides (more on that shortly) and looking ahead to the next stop - Detroit. At the 2016 North American Auto Show, Kia will reveal a new concept car that was conceived at the automaker’s California design studio, one that they promise to offer "an abundance of advanced technology – including state-­of­-the­-art health­ and wellness technology," while "suggesting styling of a possible future premium large SUV in the brand’s lineup." I'm intrigued, are you?

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