It is a done deal almost. Fiat Chrysler, after marathon talks, has reached a tentative agreement on a new contract covering about 40,000 workers. No details have been released on the deal that will now influence talks at Ford and GM. But from all indications some type of an agreement was reached on the thorny issue of two-tier wages. Union members must now vote on the tentative pact that was reached after 48 hours of virtually non-stop negotiations.
One of the wilder concept cars at the Frankfurt show is the Mercedes “Concept IAA” or “Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile.” When driven over 80 km/h “numerous aerodynamic measures alter the shape of the vehicle” to make it slip through the air stream more efficiently. Mercedes said the concept “shows in a host of details what our customers can look forward to in future production models.” Optical Finger Navigation buttons in the steering wheel, for example, will allow the driver to access various instrument cluster menus in what Mercedes calls its “hands on the wheel, eyes on the road” philosophy.
Bentley said the first person to own its new Bentayga Sport Utility will be the Queen of England.
Audi displayed an electric crossover at the German show that should arrive on the market in three years. It is said to feature many aerodynamic improvements, three electric motors cranking up 496 horsepower, a 0-100 km/h run of about 4.5 seconds, and a range of up to 310 miles with moderate driving.
Also at the show, Mercedes displayed the 2017 AMG C63 coupe with a 4.0-liter V8 rated at up to 503 horsepower in the S model. Its maker claims a 0-60 run in just a touch under four seconds.
Keeping with the high performance theme, Audi revealed the S4 sedan with a 3.0-liter turbo V6 with 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque and a 4.7 second run to 60. Look for it in Audi showrooms next year.
In what is believed to be a hint of what the new Juke will look like when it is released next year, Nissan showed off a concept called the Gripz. The concept has a small gas engine and hybrid electric components from the Leaf.