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Shea Homes® Trilogy® is America’s Most Trusted® Active Adult Resort Builder – Every Year since 2013!

National 55+ Leader Receives Highest Score Among Homebuilder Brands for 12th Year

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. /PRNewswire/ — For an impressive 12 consecutive years, Trilogy® by Shea Homes® has once again ranked as America’s Most Trusted® Active Adult Resort Builder by Lifestory Research in their 2024 national study among 55+ home shoppers. Trilogy has ranked #1 in the study for twelve years in a row, an achievement unmet by any other brand.

“In a year characterized by market challenges, our teams around the country remained committed to creating dynamic communities where homeowner members have the opportunity to transform their lives and Live Happier®. We know that 96% of home buyers say trust in a builder is of the utmost importance when buying a home. That’s why we are so proud to remain America’s leader in the hearts and minds of consumers. As a leading 55+ community builder, our focus has always been on listening to customers, developing trust-based relationships with them, and finding new ways to meet their needs, like creating additional wellness opportunities and making friendship and kindness central to our lifestyle experience,” Shea Homes Active Lifestyle Communities President, Jeff McQueen, said. “Gaining and keeping buyers’ trust is at the heart of what we do, but it matters even more during a challenging market. We could not be prouder of this incredible recognition by study participants and how it reflects on our front-line teams across the country.”

Here are some noteworthy details on this year’s historic award:

  • Trilogy received the highest Lifestory Research Net Trust Quotient Score in its Active Adult Resort Builder category for 2024 at 111.7.
  • The Net Trust Quotient Score calculates an index based on various aspects of study respondents’ brand perceptions—such as quality, trustworthiness, reputation and other brand attributes.

To Access Trilogy’s complimentary Guide to Choosing a 55+ Community, Click Here.

For 25 years, Shea Homes’ Trilogy brand brings buyers an alternative to traditional active adult communities with disruptive innovations like on-site wellness centers; purpose-designed trail systems; comprehensive fitness including exclusive Afturburn HIIT workout programs, strength and resistance training, spin, Pilates, yoga, tai chi and other group classes; farm to table restaurants; robust wine and spirit programs; national group travel; a custom magazine featuring homeowners across the country, and more. A key differentiator for day-to-day life is a dedicated hospitality staff that may include a Lifestyle Director who plans events and special experiences, Wellness Directors, Fitness Trainers, Executive Chefs and Sommeliers, all working together to create a true resort-caliber experience for homeowners and encourage personal transformation. Lifestory Research is a trusted national independent market research firm. To identify America’s Most Trusted® brands, Lifestory Research conducts an ongoing annual study in which people anonymously assess the trust they have in brands they encounter during their active search for specific products. The 2024 ranking of Active Adult Resort Builders is from over 20,000 people surveyed between January and December 2023 in the United States who were actively shopping for a new home in a 55+ community.

About Trilogy® by Shea Homes®
Shea Homes currently offers Trilogy brand 55+ resort lifestyle communities in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, and has been attracting discerning homebuyers across the country since 1999.  Both Trilogy large-scale Resort Communities and smaller-scale Trilogy Boutique Communities are designed to create an enriched lifestyle through exploring new interests and activities, overall wellness, and connecting to a vibrant social life. Homeowners experience a true resort-caliber lifestyle managed by a hospitality-trained staff. Each Trilogy brand community is designed to embrace its natural surroundings and provide a variety of experiences, which may include signature restaurants, pickleball, movement and fitness studios, day spas, pools, culinary classes, hiking trails, exclusive lifestyle programs, and more.

Trilogy by Shea Homes received the highest numerical score in the proprietary Lifestory Research 2024 America’s Most Trusted® Active Adult Resort Builder study. Study results are based on experiences and perceptions of people surveyed. Your experiences may vary. Visit www.lifestoryresearch.com

For more information about Trilogy communities, visit Sheahomes.com/Trilogy

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LITTLEST PET SHOP CELEBRATES THE YEAR OF THE BOBBLE BY ENCOURAGING FANS ACROSS THE GLOBE TO ‘BOBBLE TO THE BEAT’

Following an Epic NYC Premiere Event, Basic Fun! Invites Fans Around the World to Unleash the Bobble with a Custom Song and Dance Challenge Inspired by the Pets

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BOCA RATON, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Today, LITTLEST PET SHOP, one of the most well-known collectible toy brands in history, released a call to action to fans around the world to ‘unleash the bobble’. In celebration of the franchise’s long-anticipated return to retail in January – this is sure to be the “Year of the Bobble”! Debuting last week with a pop-up performance at Toys”R”Us at Macy’s Herald Square, Macy’s flagship location in New York City, the Bobble to the Beat social campaign encourages kids and kidults alike to showcase their dancing skills and bobble along with LITTLEST PET SHOP wherever they are, featuring custom choreography alongside an original LITTLEST PET SHOP brand anthem. 

LITTLEST PET SHOP celebrates its’ long-anticipated return to retail with the #BobbleToTheBeat social campaign encouraging kids and kidults alike to bobble along to the custom brand anthem.

To kickstart the craze, TikTok creators @Alexdwong, @GiaNina and @MelissaBecraft, along with the iconic @ToysRUs Geoffrey the Giraffe™ led a flash mob performance of 20+ dancers through Macy’s, and are helping LITTLEST PET SHOP rally fans with dance tutorials, already sparking over 3 million views across Instagram and TikTok. Both the brand anthem and dance challenge, choreographed by acclaimed New York City-based professional director, choreographer, content creator, and producer Michael McCrary, are inspired by the beloved bobblin’ motion of LITTLEST PET SHOP pets, which is featured across figures in the latest Generation 7 of the line. Consumers around the world can join in on the LITTLEST PET SHOP relaunch celebration by gathering their own crew to show off their take on the dance on social media using the hashtag #BobbleToTheBeat.

“It’s essential we relaunched LITTLEST PET SHOP with a creative call to action that would introduce this iconic brand to new audiences on the platforms where they are, and also excite our longtime collectors,” said Katy Katz, Head of Digital Marketing & E-Commerce at Basic Fun! “The ‘Bobble to The Beat’ social campaign perfectly captures the essence of the signature quirky, edgy, and undeniably cute pets that have been loved for decades. Ultimately, we hope to inspire kids of all ages to let down their guard and unleash their own ‘bobble’ with us and LITTLEST PET SHOP!”

With over 1 billion pets sold worldwide since the brand’s initial launch by Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) over 30 years ago, LITTLEST PET SHOP was the original pet collectible with more than 3,000 pets to collect, display, and trade. Returning to retail this January, the LITTLEST PET SHOP line will feature over 120 bobblin’ pets by the end of the year, including new pets, packs, and playsets available in more than 20 countries worldwide. The first series in Generation 7 features a wide range of new characters to collect and cherish, available within LITTLEST PET SHOP Pet Surprise Singles, LITTLEST PET SHOP Pet Pairs, and LITTLEST PET SHOP Pet Trios assortments, Play Packs and Playsets. Products are available at mass and specialty retailers worldwide, including Macy’s, Toys”R”Us, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Five Below, GameStop and more in the U.S. Learn more at LittlestPetShop.com.

To further the LITTLEST PET SHOP experience, Roblox players can also bobble with the brand on the global immersive platform, which will debut a custom bobble dance emote available in-game starting today! Following the wildly successful collaboration between LITTLEST PET SHOP Master Toy licensee, Basic Fun!, a leading global marketer of toys and consumer products, Hasbro, Inc., a leading toy and game company, and Suit Up Games, a Roblox development studio specializing in high-engagement branded experiences for young audiences, the LITTLEST PET SHOP pet-simulation gaming experience has surpassed over 3.5 million plays since launching in December 2023.

Ready to unleash the bobble? Follow the official @LITTLESTPETSHOP social channels, including Instagram and TikTok, to join in on the fun using #BobbleToTheBeat. For more information about the LITTLEST PET SHOP brand and product line, visit LittlestPetShop.com.

ABOUT BASIC FUN! INC.
Basic Fun! is a dynamic global marketer of classic and innovative children’s entertainment products for today’s kids. The company plays in many core toy categories including classic heritage toys, novelty collectibles, building toys, youth electronics, plush, vehicles, dolls and activity/discovery. Basic Fun!’s key brands include: LITTLEST PET SHOP, Care Bears, Cutetitos, POUND PUPPIES, TONKA, K’NEX, LITE-BRITE, Mash’ems, Playhut, Arcade Classics and more! For more information, please visit www.BasicFun.com.

ABOUT HASBRO
Hasbro is a leading toy and game company whose mission is to entertain and connect generations of fans through the wonder of storytelling and exhilaration of play. Hasbro delivers engaging brand experiences for global audiences through toys, consumer products, gaming and entertainment, with a portfolio of iconic brands including MAGIC: THE GATHERING, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, Hasbro Gaming, NERF, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH and PEPPA PIG, as well as premier partner brands.

Hasbro is guided by our Purpose to create joy and community for all people around the world, one game, one toy, one story at a time. For more than a decade, Hasbro has been consistently recognized for its corporate citizenship, including being named one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by 3BL Media, one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute and one of the 50 Most Community-Minded Companies in the U.S. by the Civic 50. For more information, visit https://corporate.hasbro.com.

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Hyundai Santa Fe and Kona Named to Autotrader’s Best New Cars For 2024 List

Hyundai Santa Fe & Kona honored by Autotrader for Best New Cars 2024, setting new standards in style, performance, and practicality.

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The Autotrader’s Best New Cars for 2024 list has recognized the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe and 2024 Kona SUVs for their exceptional qualities, which include stylish designs, impressive performance, advanced safety features, and practicality. These two models stood out among numerous vehicles in the market and were among the 11 cars, trucks, and SUVs to receive this prestigious acknowledgment. This recognition highlights the outstanding features of both models and reaffirms their position as among the best vehicles in the market.

The Autotrader team evaluated various factors in order to curate their Best New Cars list, including interior comfort, safety and cabin technology, attainability, and driving experience. This comprehensive evaluation process ensures that the chosen vehicles truly excel in all aspects, making them standout choices for consumers. Both the Santa Fe and Kona have proven to exceed expectations in these areas, securing their spots on this coveted list.

Olabisi Boyle, senior vice president of product planning and mobility strategy at Hyundai Motor North America, expressed the company’s pride in receiving this recognition. She stated, “At Hyundai, we are dedicated to listening to customers to craft stylish, well-rounded vehicles tailored to meet the diverse needs of modern drivers with a smart array of ICE and electrified powertrains. This recognition by Autotrader reaffirms Hyundai’s commitment to exceeding customer expectations and enriching their automotive journeys.”

The lineup of Best New Cars for 2024 showcases only the most impressive and innovative vehicles available in the market. Autotrader’s expert editors tested and scored each vehicle to ensure that they go above and beyond to resonate with buyers in their respective segments. Attributes such as interior comfort, build quality, technology, and driving experience were carefully considered in the selection process. As many vehicles are either new or redesigned for 2024, only models that are available for purchase within the next nine months were included in the evaluation.

When it comes to the 2024 Kona, Matt Degen, senior editor at Cox Automotive, shared his impression on the vehicle. He praised its futuristic design and mentioned that it felt familiar, approachable, and even fun when experiencing it from the inside. The Kona has revitalized the subcompact SUV segment with its forward-thinking approach and exceptional value.

Hyundai continues to innovate and cater to the ever-evolving needs of modern drivers. With its range of ICE and electrified powertrains, the company ensures that customers have a variety of choices to suit their preferences and requirements. This commitment to versatility and customer satisfaction has solidified Hyundai’s position as a leader in the automotive industry.

In conclusion, the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kona SUVs have rightfully earned their spots on Autotrader’s Best New Cars for 2024 list. Their outstanding features, performance, and practicality have set them apart from the competition. Whether you’re seeking a spacious and advanced SUV like the Santa Fe or a futuristic and value-packed option like the Kona, Hyundai has proven once again that they deliver exceptional vehicles that enhance the automotive journey for modern drivers.

Autotrader
Autotrader is the most recognized third-party car listings brand, with the most engaged audience of in-market car shoppers. As the foremost authority on automotive consumer insights and expert in online and mobile marketing, Autotrader makes the car shopping experience easy and fun for today’s empowered car shopper looking to find or sell the perfect new, used or Certified Pre-Owned car. Using technology, shopper insights and local market guidance, Autotrader’s comprehensive marketing and retailing solutions allow consumers to build their deal online, and guide dealers to personalized digital marketing strategies that grow brand, drive traffic and connect the online and in-store shopping experience. Autotrader is a Cox Automotive™ brand. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. For more information, please visit http://press.autotrader.com.

Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai Motor America offers U.S. consumers a technology-rich lineup of cars, SUVs, and electrified vehicles, while supporting Hyundai Motor Company’s Progress for Humanity vision. Hyundai has significant operations in the U.S., including its North American headquarters in California, the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama assembly plant, the all-new Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America (in development in Georgia), and several cutting-edge R&D facilities. These operations, combined with those of Hyundai’s 835 independent dealers, contribute $20.1 billion annually and 190,000 jobs to the U.S. economy, according to a recent economic impact report. For more information, visit www.hyundainews.com.

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Introducing the All-New 2025 Nissan Kicks: Redefining Compact Crossovers

Introducing the all-new 2025 Nissan Kicks: a compact crossover with innovative technology, sleek design, and unmatched versatility.

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"2025 Nissan Kicks: Redefining Compact Crossovers"

Are you ready to up your crossover game? The all-new 2025 Nissan Kicks is here to raise the bar in the compact crossover segment. With its unexpected levels of available technology, sleek design inspired by high-end sneakers, exceptional versatility, and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, the new Kicks is set to make a lasting impression. Let’s dive into the exciting features of this stunning vehicle.

Confidence on Any Terrain

The 2025 Nissan Kicks is the first-ever Kicks model to offer Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD), providing you with additional confidence and control in various weather conditions and road surfaces. Whether it’s rain, snow, or rough roads, the AWD system ensures that you can navigate through them with ease. Plus, the “Snow” driving mode specifically tunes the all-wheel-drive and vehicle dynamic control systems to optimize performance on slippery surfaces, keeping you safe and secure.

Bold and Expressive Design

When it comes to design, the 2025 Nissan Kicks stands out from the crowd. With its bold and expressive exterior, this compact crossover makes a big impact. The wide stance, fenders, and rounded, protected cabin create an eye-catching silhouette. The lower half of the vehicle features strong fenders and a distinctive boxiness, while the upper body maintains a clean and sleek look.

But the design details don’t stop there. Inspired by athletic sneaker soles, the rocker panels of the Kicks feature an intricate, three-dimensional shape that adds texture and visual interest. Even the rear of the vehicle catches your attention, with a subtle roof spoiler and full-width LED taillights that wrap around into combination lights on the flared rear fenders. The 2025 Nissan Kicks was designed to turn heads on the road.

Modern and Airy Interior

Step inside the 2025 Nissan Kicks, and you’ll be greeted by a modern and airy interior. The dual-screen setup on the dashboard, one for the instrument meter and one for the infotainment system, provides a sleek and futuristic look. The standard 7-inch meter can be upgraded to a striking 12.3-inch unit on the SR grade, offering two display modes for a more traditional or enhanced view.

In terms of comfort and convenience, the Kicks has you covered. The seats feature Nissan’s Zero Gravity™ seating design, providing a more comfortable seating position and reducing fatigue during long journeys. The center console offers plenty of storage space, including two cupholders designed to fit a 30-ounce coffee tumbler and an enclosed storage compartment. The doors also have bottle holders large enough for a 32-ounce tumbler.

Adventure-Ready Spaciousness

The 2025 Nissan Kicks was designed to optimize interior room for both passengers and cargo. Compared to its predecessor, the front and rear of the Kicks offer increased shoulder room and knee room, making road trips more comfortable for everyone. But it’s the cargo space that truly impresses. With up to 30 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats raised (and up to 60 cubic feet with the seats lowered), the Kicks leads the class in cargo capacity. It’s perfect for those who need extra room for luggage, sports equipment, or any other adventures you have planned.

Driver Assistance for Maximum Confidence

Safety is a top priority in the 2025 Nissan Kicks. Every model comes standard with Nissan Safety Shield® 360, which includes features like Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and High Beam Assist. Additionally, the Kicks SR grade offers the class-exclusive Intelligent Around View Monitor, providing a virtual 360-degree, bird’s-eye camera view to simplify parking and low-speed maneuvers.

Effortless Infotainment

Staying connected on the go is essential, and the 2025 Nissan Kicks makes it effortless. With intuitive infotainment features and available wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, you can seamlessly connect your devices without the need for cables. Plus, the Kicks offers up to four USB Type-C ports and a wireless charging pad, ensuring that your devices stay powered up on any journey.

Power and Efficiency

Under the hood, the 2025 Nissan Kicks boasts a 2.0-liter inline-four engine that delivers 141 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque. Paired with Nissan’s latest generation Xtronic transmission, this powertrain ensures confident acceleration and efficient performance.

Choose Your Adventure

The 2025 Nissan Kicks is available in three compelling grade levels: S, SV, and SR. With two available Premium packages, you can customize your Kicks to fit your lifestyle and preferences. Whether you want a stylish commuter vehicle or a versatile crossover for your next adventure, there’s a Kicks model for you.

Get ready to elevate your driving experience with the all-new 2025 Nissan Kicks. With its innovative features, sleek design, and reliable performance, this compact crossover has everything you need for an unforgettable journey. Keep an eye out for the Kicks when it arrives at Nissan dealerships later this summer. Pricing details will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

For more information and updates, visit the Nissan USA website or follow Nissan on social media. Buckle up and get ready for the future of compact crossovers with the 2025 Nissan Kicks!

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