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By now it should be no secret that I do love the Lexus brand, most recently piloting the GX460 here at Rock Father HQ.  The "F" performance brand has been a big part of that (I love the F Sport models), and since 2008, Lexus has made it a goal that "each vehicle with an "F" badge would set new standards for Lexus performance and help redefine the brand for a new generation of customers." Now comes word that the next chapter will begin in The Windy City, with the introduction of the 2018 Lexus GS F and 2018 RC F 10th anniversary special editions that will be displayed for the first time in the U.S. at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

It might be cold outside right now, but before we know it, spring will be here and the kids will be ready to rock the neighborhood once more. For little ones ages 18 months-5, The Simplay3 Company has something new this year - a fresh spin on the classic push/foot-to-floor vehicle. The My Buddy and Me SUV transforms from child's push car to kid's ride-on with patented 180° floor rotation. The best part is that this ride is designed for two children, solving a problem we had when our girls were smaller - no more fighting to get in since it's designed for two to ride! As we look forward to warmer temperatures, the folks at Simplay3 have teamed-up with The Rock Father™ to give you a chance to win a My Buddy and Me SUV for your kids!

A few weeks back, my wife and I took The Rock Daughters to their first big train show. They loved it, and that was expected... after all, we have a several trains here at Rock Father HQ, one of which is from Bachmann Trains. I'm always interested in seeing what they're up to, and this year Bachmann Trains is introducing five new ready-to-run electric train sets in the two most popular scales at Toy Fair 2018 in New York. Today we've got early details on all five sets, along with photos of two of them!

This Sunday, the Super Bowl or "Big Game" (for companies not paying the license fee) is taking place, and for football non-fans like myself, the most important part isn't the game - it's the commercials. Of course, they tend to make their way online early these days, and that's the case with the latest offering from the folks at Kia, who've brought a true rock icon into the mix. To celebrate the launch of their long-awaited Kia Stinger GT (I really need to get behind the wheel of one), Aerosmith's Steven Tyler hits the track as the notes of "Dream On" begin to play in reverse as he de-ages in the spirit of the vehicle's tagline: Fueled by Youth. Meanwhile,  two-time Formula One and Indianapolis 500 champion Emerson Fittipaldi looks on approvingly as Tyler rediscovers his 25-year-old self. Check this out...

Monday, January 29 2018 09:30

The First Karma Revero "Art Car" Unveiled...

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About a year and a half ago, I was out in Southern California working a gig for Kelley Blue Book and Life of Dad when I came across a rare sight: a Karma Revero in the wild. The vehicle was being tested, and we just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Now, Karma Automotive is ready for the public eye, and they're showcasing their luxury electric plug-in hybrid with an all-new art car. In collaboration with Laguna Beach-based artist James Verbicky, a one-of-a-kind Karma Revero was unveiled at an art show in Los Angeles last week.

Karma Revero Art Car

From the Official Announcement: For his work on the Karma Revero, Verbicky used hand-painting and stencil techniques to apply meticulous layers of color and follow the sensuous lines of the car's body. Verbicky's color fields, evocative language, and symbolic imagery was used to accentuate and emphasize the soul of the Karma Revero. The result is a vehicle art piece that is modern yet timeless.

Karma Revero Art Car

"Karma Automotive is committed to building cars that move people emotionally and physically," said Jim Taylor, Chief Revenue Officer. "James Verbicky has done a masterful job of transforming a Revero into a rolling work of art. He has pulled imagery that reflects his unique perspective on the world, along with the individual freedom each Karma owner feels when they get behind the wheel of this incredible machine."

Karma Revero Art Car

For more: https://www.karmaautomotive.com/

At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, The Honda Accord, Volvo XC60 and the Lincoln Navigator were crowned as the winners of the 2018 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards. Chosen by a panel of more than 60 jurors from print, online and broadcast media across the United States and Canada, votes were tallied confidentially by Deloitte LLP and remained sealed until they were announced this week by NACTOY officers, President Mark Phelan, Vice President Matt DeLorenzo and Secretary-Treasurer Lauren Fix at Cobo Center in Detroit.

From the North American International Auto Show in Detroit comes news that the 2019 Jeep® Cherokee has officially made its debut. FCA hit The Rock Father with the official announcement and full specs on the new mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV), boasting a new and "more premium design," along with the addition of an all-new, advanced 2.0-liter direct-injection inline four-cylinder engine that enhances performance and fuel efficiency. Check out the reveal video below (starts around 3:32)...

At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Hyundai has unveiled the all-new 2019 Veloster Turbo and its high-performance counterpart, Veloster N.  While Veloster Turbo and Veloster N do not arrive in U.S. showrooms until later this year (second quarter 2018 for Veloster Turbo and fourth quarter 2018 for Veloster N), gamers can get behind the virtual wheel much sooner, as both cars will join the official roster of drivable vehicles in Forza Motorsport 7 for Xbox and Windows 10. Both cars become available in-game as part of a free downloadable content pack on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Check out a video preview below!

It's a fascinating story, and one that's baffled many throughout the years - what happened to the two original Ford Mustangs GT Fastbacks used in the filming of Steve McQueen's 1968 film, BULLITT? Many thought that at least one of them met with the crusher, and the fate of the other was more murky, with many claiming to have had it over the years. But in 2017, the truth was revealed that both still existed, but the most iconic of the two was the hero car, and now it's back. To help launch the 2019 Ford Mustang  BULLITT, the original car was brought together with it's modern counterpart, but there's a hell of a story about to be told...

At the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Lexus just unveiled their latest concept - the Lexus LF-1 Limitless. Here's the official announcement that just came into Rock Father HQ this morning along with a just-released launch video...

"Like molten metal being forged into a fine Japanese sword, the lines of the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept have the potential to shape the future of a flagship luxury crossover for Lexus."

Transforming vehicles are hardly a new thing, nor are the kinds of things that said vehicles change into. From sentient humanoid robots to insects and animalistic beasts, we've seen a lot of transformations over the past 30+ years, but now there's a new entry into that realm that's putting some new twists on things. From Alpha Group (formerly Auldey Toys US) comes SCREECHERS WILD!, a new collection of vehicles that transform into creatures using "explosive 360-degree flip morphing action." They're definitely hitting on the retro marks with the launch, presenting a commercial that feels straight outta the 80s with its neon-grid patterns and action-packed visuals. They call it "fuel-injected feeding time" as the vehicles either pick up (or have launched to them) a plastic disc ("food") that activates the flip transformation. Take a look...

Auto Show season is upon us, with the big ones about to start rolling out here in North America this month, with #NAIAS in Detroit, followed by the Chicago International Auto Show in February. Up North, the Canadian International AutoShow rolls into the downtown Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Feb. 16-25, and this year Mattel is bringing Hot Wheels into the action! The number one selling toy in the world races into Canada with an explosion of activities to commemorate its 50th anniversary. This includes appearances by some of the iconic full-sized rides from the Hot Wheels garage, including the famed Star Wars Darth Vader character car and the Special Edition 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS!

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