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Viper Production To Start Back Up In November

Oct 22 2014 01:15 PM | Dodge News
Production of the Dodge Viper has been on hiatus since April due to poor sales. But according to Automotive News, Chrysler's Conner Avenue plant will commence Viper production once again next month.

While a number of factors are in play for this decision, a big one is the massive increase in sales that the Viper has seen since the $15,000 price cut went into affect last month. Sales in September reached 108 units, an increase of 140 percent when compared to 45 units sold last September.

Dodge brand head Tim Kuniskis expressed high hopes for sales in October, a time where sales decline because of the colder weather.

When the plant comes back online, the only 2015 models that will be rolling off the line wi...

Michigan Governor Signs Bill Banning Direct Auto Sales

Oct 21 2014 01:35 PM | Tesla News
The latest state to ban direct sales of vehicles is Michigan. Today, Governor Rick Synder signed a bill into law that would ban such automakers as Tesla from directly selling vehicles to consumers. This bill also allows dealers to make the decision whether or not to charge the transaction fee.

"This bill does not, as some have claimed, prevent auto manufacturers from selling automobiles directly to consumers at realign in Michigan. That is because this is already prohibited under Michigan law. The current law states that a manufacturer shall not "[s]ell new motor vehicle directly to a retail customer other than through its franchised dealers…" the Governor wrote in a letter to legislators.

The bill updates a current...

Rumorpile: Focus RS Is Coming To America Via Europe

Oct 21 2014 09:45 AM | Ford News
The Good News: The Truth About Cars is reporting that the Ford Focus RS will be coming to our shores by 2016. The new RS will use the 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder and feature all-wheel drive. Expect pricing to be above the $30,000 mark.

The Bad News: Ford will likely be importing the RS from Europe. Sources tell TTAC that the Michigan Assembly Plant where the North American Focus is built can't fit the RS into its production line. So that means the RS destined for America will be coming from Europe, and in limited numbers as well.

Source: The Truth About Cars

William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @re...

Resurrection of the Scat Pack Has Chrysler Embroiled In A Trademark Dispute

Oct 20 2014 12:15 PM | William Maley in Dodge News

With Dodge bringing back the Scat Pack packages for a number of their models, it has also brought back a dispute that dates back to 1968. Automotive News reports that Chrysler is being sued by Scat Enterprises Inc., for infringing on their 50-year-old...

One In Five Vehicles In The U.S. Has Been Hit With A Recall

Oct 20 2014 09:15 AM | William Maley in Industry News

2014 will likely go down as the year of the recall in the automotive industry. General Motors is the champion with the most recalls so far with 70 recalls as of today, but other OEMs have been making their mark with their own recalls. CNNMoney crunche...

General Motors Gets Smacked With Two Class-Action Suits

Oct 17 2014 07:35 AM | William Maley in GM News

General Motors is now facing two new lawsuits with a total of $10 billion in compensation on the line. The two suits allege that GM's ignition switch recall has cause the values of their vehicles to drop. The first and largest suit is seeking to repre...

Rumorpile: Lamborghini Urus Decision Still In the Air

Oct 16 2014 01:45 PM | William Maley in Lamborghini News

A decision on whether or not the Lamborghini Urus will transition from concept to production model has been put on hold once more. A source tells Autocar that Lamborghini's parent company is a bit hesitant on giving the green light on this 2+2 crossove...