Auto News for June 22 – FCA to end Viper production

Dodge is celebrating the 25th anniversary and final year of Viper production with five exclusive limited-edition models, four of which are pictured here. (From left, the Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC, inspired by the original 2010 Snakeskin ACR; the Vooodoo II ACR, modeled after the original 2010 Viper VooDoo edition; the Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR, designed to pay tribute to one of the most distinguishable and iconic Viper paint schemes of all time – the white and blue combination of the 1998 Viper GTS-R GT2 Championship Edition;  and the Viper 1:28 ACR, which pays tribute to the current production car single lap record of 1:28.65 set by champion driver Randy Pobst in a 2016 Dodge Viper ACR at historic Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif., in October 2015. A fifth Dodge Dealer Edition Viper ACR, not shown, is available through select Dodge dealers.

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.

 

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