Auto News for July 14

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Volkswagen announced this morning that its new mid-sized seven passenger SUV will be produced in Chattanooga starting in late 2016. VW said it will invest about $900-million in the plant and create 2,000 additional jobs in the U.S. The SUV will be based on the CrossBlue concept vehicle that was developed especially for the North American Market. One official said the announcement could make Chattanooga “the center of the automotive south.”

The six-millionth Audi with Quattro drive has rolled off the production line in Germany. It will be delivered to a family in the U.S. Number six million appeared just one and a half years after number five million.

Chrysler Group LLC Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Is it fast? Is today Monday? The new Dodge Challenger Hellcat with its 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque is the fastest muscle car ever and they have the stats to back that up. The National Hot rod Association certified ¼-mile elapsed time of 11.2 seconds at 125 mph came with stock tires. Add drag radials and the time dropped to 10.8 seconds at 126 mph. To see it in action go to:

http://youtu.be/iYol7m3WjGQ

To paraphrase Jerry Lee Lewis there’s “A Lot a’ smokin’ Going On.”

A new survey reveals that seven out of ten people who drive for work in the UK have never been offered driver training. I wonder how that would work out in this country.

 

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