Help Bring Harmony to the Environment for a Chance to Win $500,000 in Grants and Scholarships

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TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2014) – We know teenagers can be loud, but their small actions speak volumes. Committed young students from across the country have demonstrated that they can make an impact and make the world a better place just by learning about the environment and taking steps to make it better for their communities and world.

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Toyota celebrates 30th anniversary of Land Cruiser 70 with Japan rerelease [w/videos]

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Filed under: Classics , SUV , Truck , Japan , Videos , Toyota It’s a common refrain among auto enthusiasts to bemoan the current models being sold for being overly complex and expensive and to wish that automakers would just make vehicles like the old days. Sure, they might not have been as safe or efficient, but there was often a certain rugged simplicity that’s gone today. Well, Toyota is actually doing it and thinks there’s enough demand to put the Land Cruiser 70 back into production in Japan for its 30th anniversary. Sadly, it’s only for one year. The original Land Cruiser 70 served a long life in Japan from 1984 to 2004. Even today, the proven model remains in production in some regions abroad. People in its home country still love the vehicle though, and Toyota is brushing off the mothballs to give customers what they want. For the first time ever there, it’s also offering the double-cab pickup version in addition to the traditional enclosed body. The company thinks that it can move about 200 of these classic trucks this year, which isn’t too shabby for a vehicle that’s three decades old. Looking at the pictures above, these look like the same old Land Cruisers, but Toyota is updating them slightly to meet modern safety rules.

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Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series Re-release

It’s a common refrain among auto enthusiasts to bemoan the current models being sold for being overly complex and expensive and to wish that automakers would just make vehicles like the old days. Sure, they might not have been as safe or efficient, but there was often a certain rugged simplicity that’s gone today. Well, Toyota is actually doing it and thinks there’s enough demand to put the Land Cruiser 70 back into production in Japan for its 30th anniversary. Sadly, it’s only for one year.

The original Land Cruiser 70 served a long life in Japan from 1984 to 2004. Even today, the proven model remains in production in some regions abroad. People in its home country still love the vehicle though, and Toyota is brushing off the mothballs to give customers what they want. For the first time ever there, it’s also offering the double-cab pickup version in addition to the traditional enclosed body. The company thinks that it can move about 200 of these classic trucks this year, which isn’t too shabby for a vehicle that’s three decades old.

Looking at the pictures above, these look like the same old Land Cruisers, but Toyota is updating them slightly to meet modern safety rules. The grille, hood and headlights are all tweaked, and they now come with airbags and anti-lock brakes. A 4.0-liter V6 is under the hood making 228 horsepower (170 kilowatts) and 266 lb-ft of torque (360 Newton-meters), and the only available gearbox is a five-speed manual. Part-time four-wheel drive is standard. If you’re really afraid of getting stuck in the wilderness, locking front and rear differentials and a winch are available as options.

Prices for these throwbacks start at 3.6 million yen ($34,600) for the SUV or 3.5 million yen (33,700) for the truck. Scroll down to watch some videos of these awesome “new” models showing what they can do off-road, and to read Toyota’s official announcement.

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Chevy is building nearly 3x as many C7 Corvettes than it did the C6

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2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray

In case there aren’t enough on the roads in your area to make the case, Corvette Blogger reports that at last weekend’s Corvettes at Carlisle show, General Motors showed a graphic putting the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray production run at 37,288 units. That is about equal to the last three years of the C6 Corvette – combined – and includes Premiere Editions, regular retail sales, and “exports and captured fleet cars that were sellable units” according to Corvette product manager Harlan Charles. Coupes and convertibles equipped with the Z51 package outsold their base versions, and Torch Red narrowly beat Arctic White as the exterior hue of choice.

While that number ranks 14th on the all-time annual production chart, it’s a very strong showing in the “modern era,” going back 30 years to the introduction of the C3. In this millennium it’s only beat by the first year of C6 production in 2005 at 37,372 units (when black was the best selling color and the Z51 only reached 40.8 percent of sales), and the third year of C6 production that hit 40,561 units (black was still the best color and 65.5 percent of buyers checked the Z51 box). Before that, you’d have to go all the way back to 1985 for a higher number.

The second year of C6 production declined even with the introduction of the Z06 – we’ll see if the C7 Stingray’s enhancements for the 2015 model year and the sales help of the bonkers yet absurdly reasonably priced Z06 can prevent that. Meanwhile, head over to Corvette Blogger for a fuller breakdown of the 2014 numbers.

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Autoblog Podcast #394

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Filed under: Podcasts, Sedan, Truck, Audi, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Toyota, Diesel, Luxury

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Episode #394 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, and Michael Harley talk about the possibility of a supercharged Dodge Viper, the Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition, the newly released supercharger kit for the Honda CR-Z, and rumblings of an Alfa Romeo 6C. We start with what’s in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!
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Supercharged Viper
Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition
Honda CR-Z Supercharged
Alfa Romeo 6C

In The Autoblog Garage:

2014 Ford Fiesta SE
2015 Cadillac Escalade
2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
2015 Audi A8 L TDI

Hosts: Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, Michael Harley
Runtime: 01:32:30

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Intro and Garage – 00:00
Supercharged Viper – 44:25
Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition – 55:19
Supercharged Honda CR-Z – 01:00:52
Alfa Romeo 6C – 01:07:29
Q&A – 01:13:41

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Chevrolet Performance Presents 60th NHRA U.S. Nationals

Drag racing’s Labor Day weekend tradition – the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals – kicks off its historic 60th running this week at Lucas Oil Raceway with Chevrolet serving as the official truck of NHRA.

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Pedal Power: GM Shares Bikes with 19,000 Tech Center Employees

WARREN, Mich. – General Motors’ Warren Technical Center is implementing a bike share program – the first of its kind from any U.S. automaker – that will enable its 19,000 employees to commute more easily both on and off campus.

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eBay Find of the Day: 2006 Chevy Corvette custom is a two-tone wonder

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A two-tone C6 Chevrolet Corvette redone to mimic a car in the movie 'Transformers' on eBay.

We know what you’re thinking, and yes, friends, it can be yours. This two-tone Chevrolet Corvette comes from Eagle, Idaho, a product of Z and M Customs in homage to the Corvette Stingray Concept that played the Autobot Sideswipe in the second Transformers film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. According to the seller, Arcturus401, Z and M only got nine of them out the door before General Motors expressed a lawyerly displeasure, and this is the only two-tone example among them.

Underneath the custom panels lives a 2006 C6 ‘Vette with an automatic transmission, black leather interior and extras like a head-up display, cold-air intake, a hood that opens electronically and a custom exhaust. A two-owner coupe, it’s got 59,900 miles and a salvage title, but we’re told its original owner only had the Transformers plastic surgery done in 2011.

Having just relisted it, at the time of this writing, the bidding is up to $6,200, and we don’t see any notes about a reserve. If you’re into this sort of thing, that could be considered a bargain: when another one of those nine owners put his blue example on eBay in 2010, he wanted at least $42,500. If you’d like more Z and M bona fides before hitting the ‘Bid’ button, they’ve done a Pontiac-based Lamborghini Aventador replica, too.

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Dirt Every Day tries to find the best 4×4 for under $4k

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2014 Dirt Every Day Cheap Truck Challenge

If you want to build a cheap truck that can still do dirty deeds off the beaten path, it’s best to start with solid axles and a solid V8 engine. That sums up the lessons learned after watching the 2014 Cheap Truck Challenge from the Dirt Every Day video crew, who took to the deserts and surrounding areas near Reno, NV, in an attempt to find the best 4×4 for under $4,000. Fortunately for us, the whole sordid journey was captured on video.

This isn’t the first time the boys from DED filmed a Cheap Truck Challenge, and this year’s festivities pitted together a 1993 Chevy S10 pickup, a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a 1975 International truck in a series of challenges ranging from donuts to drag races, with plenty of hill-climbing and rock-crawling action in between. We don’t want to spoil all the fun, but suffice it to say one competitor was found to be lacking while the other two performed (mostly) well. See for yourself in the video above.

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Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #394 LIVE!

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We’re set to record Autoblog Podcast #394 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don’t forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven’t already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.

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Enduring Equinox: Compact SUV Sales Still Rising After Five Years

Greg Stahl, president of Bob Johnson Chevrolet in Rochester, N.Y., has a pleasant problem. He cannot keep the Equinox compact SUV in stock.

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