Fiat Chrysler will end production of the very high performance Dodge Viper at the end of the 2017 model year. It will offer some specially trimmed low volume Vipers before the car enters the history books on its 25th anniversary. The Viper has been a slow seller for FCA. Four of the five special editions are pictured.
As you know there has been a North American Car of the Year award at the Detroit Auto Show and a Truck of the Year award. Now Sport Utility Vehicles will get their own separate category at the show next January 9th. Until now SUV’s were lumped into the truck category.
Tesla announced it wants to acquire Solar City in a $2.8 billion stock deal. Tesla Chairman Elon Musk is the chief executive officer of both firms. The proposal has raised concerns among shareholders and Oppenheimer & Co. downgraded Tesla on the news over the question of corporate governance. A Credit Suisse Group analyst raised similar concerns. Musk said Tesla customers can drive clean cars but also need access to the most sustainable energy source available – the sun.