Auto News for Oct. 16

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If you ever wanted a Viper know that production will end in 2017, according to Automotive News. It cited the pending contract that Fiat Chrysler has with the United Auto Workers Union that will be voted on next week. The powerful two-seater has been a slow seller even with its 650 horsepower V-10 and blistering acceleration.

Volvo announced that plug in hybrids will be introduced across its entire model range, that it will develop an entirely new range of electrified smaller cars and build an all-electric car by 2019. “We are confident that by 2020, 10 percent of Volvo’s global sales will be electrified cars,” said Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO. He said the time has come for electrified cars to enter the mainstream.

VOLVO PV653-9 (1933-1937)

Volvo will also have quite a presence at this year’s Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance with a 1933 PV654 leading the list. Only 361 were ever built and this will be the first example to touch U.S. soil. It will be on loan from the Volvo Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden. In all, five historic Volvos will be on display at the show that opens on Oct. 31.

Global sales fell 3.1% percent in the third quarter at General Motors with sales off 31 percent in South America. Overseas sales were nothing like the 5.2% gain GM racked up in North America thanks to strong demand for trucks and SUV’s.

Neowing

Honda will display a three wheel motorcycle concept at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Show called the Neowing. It is said to be a sport hybrid model that will offer the cornering feel of a large sized motorcycle and “excellent stability in low speed ranges.” It will be powered by a 4-cylinder engine and electric motors that Honda claims will result in “plentiful torque for powerful acceleration.”

Used car prices fell 3.4% percent in September with the National Automobile Dealers Association saying the “loss was more severe than what’s been recorded for the period in the past.” Cars lost more ground than trucks, with subcompact prices now down 16% year-to-date. NADA said it is difficult to pinpoint how disruptive the VW diesel scandal has been to the market due to the small number of diesels passing through the used market.

And I would be remiss if I left out Hankook Tire’s survey of what spooky ideas Americans have for their cars for Halloween. Thirty-six percent of those surveyed would dress their car as a superhero while 14 would go the vampire route. A mummy came in third closely followed by a celebrity costume. The least popular choice? Dressing up a car as a political figure tied with witches at eight percent popularity.

 

 

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