The redesigned 2019 Mercedes C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet along with the AMG C 43 Coupe and Cabriolet will make their World Premiere at the New York Auto Show next week.
The C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet get a digital cockpit and a new four-cylinder engine on the C 300 and C 300 4MATIC models and upgraded AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter biturbo V6 in the AMG C 43 with 385 horsepower.
Press days in NYC begin on March 28.
The plant that once assembled the Dodge Viper will house some of Fiat Chrysler’s collection of concept and historic vehicles. The Conner Center, located in Detroit, has space to house 85 of the nearly 400 vehicles the company has restored.
Approximately 77,000 of the plant’s nearly 400,000 square-feet of floor space will be dedicated to displaying vehicles like the 1902 Rambler, the oldest in the collection, to one of the most significant, the 1924 Chrysler Touring. Conner’s administrative offices will be converted into nearly 22,000 square-feet of meeting space.
Production of the Viper ended on Aug. 31, 2017.
Hundreds of pieces of Viper memorabilia, as well as a few items related to the Plymouth Prowler will be auctioned off to benefit the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.
Wall Mart is expanding its car buying service to 250 stores, up the 14 that served as pilot test centers for the program. The website CarSaver of Miami will run the operation in Wall Mart stores that will help consumers select a car or truck, arrange for test drives at a local dealer and assist in selling of the customer’s current vehicle.
Used car sales climbed to an all-time high of just over 39 million vehicles in 2017 according to Edmunds. Sales rose 1.6 percent over 2016 helped by a spike in demand caused by two hurricanes that flooded out many private vehicles. Also a glut of off-lease vehicles hit the market last year.
Edmunds also said leasing is expected to become more expensive as interest rates climb and sales of rental vehicles will slow as more consumers use ride-hailing services.
Hyundai’s Tucson Sport gets a new, more powerful four cylinder engine that will be exclusive to that model. The 2.4-liter four is rated at 181 horsepower with 174 lb-ft of torque or six more horsepower than is currently offered on the Sport model. It will be matched to a six-speed automatic transmission.
By a large margin, Tesla shareholders have approved the estimated $2.6 billion pay package for CEO Elon Musk. That amount could go higher if Musk meets certain financial goals for the auto maker including production goals. Wall Street likes the agreement as Tesla shares gained nearly two percent in Wednesday trading.