Auto News for Aug. 12 – Viper award & Mercedes teases


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The National Automotive History Collection has selected the 2015 Dodge Viper SRT as its “Collectible Vehicle of the Future” for 2016. Members of the NAHC Board of Trustees annually choose the “Collectible Vehicle of the Future” from North American-built vehicles introduced during the previous calendar year. The sad part of this story is that Viper production will come to end in 2017 after the production of five special models.


Mercedes is teasing us with a photo of a rather large Maybach coupe and text that said simply, “Hot & Cool – almost 6 meters of ultimate luxury.” This is no compact at almost 20 feet long, or four feet longer that the Bentley Continental GT. A spokesman told Automotive News of Europe the company will have further information at the Peddle Beach Concours D’Elegance later this month. It is not known at this stage if this is a photo of a prototype, or a one off design exercise.

Wholesale prices of vehicles up to eight years old fell by 2.3 percent in July compared to June. The decline ties June for the biggest loss recorded this year, according to National Automobile Dealers Association. Jonathan Banks, executive analyst at NADA Used Car Guide said, “Price movement at the segment level followed the trend we’ve witnessed the past few months where car losses were greater than trucks.”

“Used subcompact car prices fell by an average of 3.9 percent. That’s the largest segment decline this past month,” Banks said. July did have some high points in the used car market. Large utility and large pickup prices showed exceptional strength and experienced only slight losses of 0.3 and 0.5 percent, respectively.

Urban Science reports that the number of auto dealerships and franchises remains stable continuing a trend that began in 2015. States with the largest increase were New York, Florida and Texas.

Union contract talks with Ford and Fiat Chrysler have begun in Canada. Agreements with the Detroit three expire on Sept. 19. GM talks were already underway.

Ford and the Los Alamos National Laboratory will share a $6 million research grant from the Department of Energy to accelerate the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology.





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