Auto News for Jan. 12 – Demon Coming Back!


 Dodge is bringing back the Demon, a name first introduced back in 1971, and it is said to be faster than the Hellcat. That would mean something in excess of 707 horsepower. Dodge said the car will make its debut at the New York Auto Show in mid-April. “The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is conceived, designed and engineered for a subculture of enthusiasts who know that a tenth is a car and a half second is your reputation,” said Tim Kuniskis, FCA’s head of passenger car brands. While no pictures were released, Dodge did tease the logo. Fans can check out website for weekly updates.

 A federal judge must now approve a $4.3 billion settlement between Volkswagen and the Justice Department regarding its diesel emissions scandal. Justice said five VW executives have been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with the case. The automaker entered a guilty plea to charges of violating the Clean Air Act and participating in a conspiracy to defraud the U.S. “The agreements that we have reached with the U.S. government reflect our determination to address misconduct that went against all of the values Volkswagen holds so dear. They are an important step forward for our company and all our employees,” said Matthias Müller, Chief Executive of Volkswagen Group.

 The Kia Stinger has received the “Production Car Design Excellence” award at the Detroit auto show. The fast and sporty sedan was unveiled last Sunday even before the Detroit show opened to the press. The EyesOn Design Awards honor the best production and concept vehicles making their worldwide auto show debut at the NAIAS. EyesOnDesign is a fundraiser for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology.

 According to a AAA survey, 42 percent of Americans are planning to take a vacation in 2017 – with most planning trips to warm-weather destinations in the U.S. and abroad.  Approximately one-third say they are more likely to take a vacation this year compared to 2016, and they’re looking for a new kind of travel experience.

 The top destinations for 2017, based on AAA’s travel bookings, are:


Punta Cana, Dominican Republic  

Rome, Italy  

Montego Bay, Jamaica  

London, England  

Nassau, Bahamas


Orlando, Florida  

Fort Lauderdale, Florida  

Anaheim, California  

Miami, Florida  

Las Vegas, Nevada






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