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BaT Auction: 25k-Mile 1996 Dodge Viper

This 1996 Dodge Viper is powered by an 8.0-liter V10 mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and shows 25k miles. The car was purchased new in Florida, moved to Kentucky in 1998, and was acquired in 2004 by the uncle of its current owner, who added less than 6,000 miles before his passing in 2017. Work in summer 2018 following two years of semi-exposed storage included service to the suspension, fuel system, brakes, cooling, and ignition, and the car was subsequently shipped to its current home of Denver. This Viper is offered by the seller on behalf of its current owner with a clean Carfax and a clear Colorado title in the owner’s name.

25k-Mile 1996 Dodge Viper

Composite body panels are finished in red, and the Carfax shows no accidents or other damage. Paint can be seen peeling from the driver-side rocker cover, and the convertible top has a few small holes which can be seen in the gallery below.. Factory 17″ wheels are painted black and mounted with Michelin Super Sport tires from May 2018.

25k-Mile 1996 Dodge Viper

The Vipers wheels were originally yellow as one of the 166 “Ketchup & Mustard” cars made only in 1996. Seen above, the owner’s uncle is pictured in 2004, posing with the car before the wheels were painted black.

25k-Mile 1996 Dodge Viper

The black interior features leather seats and red accents on the handbrake, shifter, and steering wheel. Separation of the leather on the driver’s seat can be seen and the rear glass behind the headrests is missing. The air conditioning system was reportedly serviced in July 2018.

25k-Mile 1996 Dodge Viper

Just under 25k miles are shown on the odometer, less than 6,000 of which were driven over the previous 14-year ownership and 300 of which have been added by the current owner in three months.

25k-Mile 1996 Dodge Viper

The 8.0-liter V10 is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and saw a bump in factory output to 415 horsepower and 488 lb-ft of torque for 1996. A service in July 2018 reportedly included a new positive crankcase ventilation valve and oxygen sensor.

25k-Mile 1996 Dodge Viper

The car was taken from two years of disuse in May 2018, and received over $5k in service including:

  • Brake service with new fluid and four new rotors
  • Fuel system flush and new fuel filter
  • New serpentine belt and tensioner
  • New idler pulley
  • Power steering system flush
  • New upper control arm bushings
  • New front and rear sway bar links
  • New spark plugs & wires
  • Alternator service
  • Alignment
  • New radiator

A video of the Viper driving by can be seen above and another one can be seen here.

25k-Mile 1996 Dodge Viper

The Carfax shows no accidents and three owners, the second of whom was the seller’s uncle who passed away in 2017. The most recent mileage reading shows 24,278 in June 2018.

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How Adient lost $11 million on a failed Detroit real estate deal

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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Priced from $36,450

Hyundai has announced pricing for the 2019 Kona Electric, and it’s right in the same ballpark as its chief competitor, the Chevrolet Bolt EV. The base model starts at $36,450 including destination, which is $1,045 cheaper than a base 2019 Bolt EV. Available incentives for the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric include a $7,500 tax credit and state incentives likes California’s CVRP rebate, which adds up to an extra $2,500 depending on eligibility.

A base Kona Electric SE comes standard with Hyundai’s Smart Sense active safety suite, heated front seats, cloth upholstery, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, keyless entry and start, two USB ports, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Higher trims are available with LED headlights, an upgraded adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function, navigation, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, wireless phone charging, and parking sensors.

With a full charge, the Kona Electric is EPA-rated for 258 miles of range. Using a Level 2 charger, the crossover can be fully charged in nine hours and 35 minutes. On a Level 3 quick charger, the Kona EV can get to 80 percent charge in 75 minutes (50-kW charger) or 54 minutes (100-kW charger). The Kona’s electric motor makes 201 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque and is paired to a 64-kW-hr lithium-ion battery.


FCA Adds $1,000 Bonus Certificate to DrivePlus Mastercard

September 11, 2018

OMAHA, Neb. — FCA US LLC and First Bankcard, a division of First National Bank of Omaha, have announced the addition of a $1,000 bonus certificate toward a future purchase or lease of a new FCA US vehicle to their co-branded FCA DrivePlus Mastercard. The companies marked the renewal of their partnership to issue co-branded credit cards under the Chrysler, Dodge, FIAT, Jeep, Ram, and Mopar brands.

Executives said the addition of the $1,000 bonus certificate to the FCA DrivePlus Mastercard strengthens an already rich package of automotive rewards designed to help drivers with the cost of ownership and dealers to close more sales and increase customer loyalty. Cardholders can earn unlimited rewards on everyday purchases, with double reward redemption at FCA US dealerships toward a new vehicle down payment, Mopar service, repair, or accessory purchase.  

“DrivePlus offers industry leading rewards for our customers while helping dealers reach and retain new shoppers who will visit their showrooms again and again,” said Jeff Kommor, vice president of FCA US’s Sales & Fleet Operations division.


Amid unease, dealers get clearest look yet at Ford's restructuring plan

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2019 Mercedes-AMG A45: video shows 400bhp hatch on track

Despite rumours to the contrary, the model will be pure petrol and will not require a hybrid set-up to produce its headline-grabbing numbers. "It's going to be the next step in every perspective, including driving dynamics," said Moers.

The A45's big power advantage will be illustrated with only small aesthetic differences. It will have a quad oval-exit exhaust system, whereas the A35 will get a dual-exit system.

Also featured on the A45 is AMG' Panamericana front grille, giving the 2019 car a design nod to the recently revealed GT 4-door Coupé.

The A45 will have its own unique chassis developments with optional adjustable damping offering an extreme mode for high-speed circuit running.

The current A45 is renowned for its stiff adjustable set-up, but the recently sighted test cars for the next-gen model look to be sitting lower, suggesting AMG could be targeting even more body composure for track-day driving in its future model.

The new A-Class is 10mm longer than today’s car and adopts a new floorpan and body structure that are claimed to provide significant increases in rigidity. This provides it with improved refinement.

The new A45 will also get a significantly wider front track and receive its own unique wheel carriers in a bid to reduce unsprung mass. It will roll on standard 18in wheels, but 19in rims will be an option.

The 376bhp original A45 is capable of 0-62mph in 4.2sec, but AMG is planning to ramp up straight-line performance further still. The basis for the changes to the M133 unit comes from Mercedes’ new M260 four-cylinder engine. This is derived from the older M270 motor used by today’s A-Class but has a new crankcase and cylinder head.

Initially, the reworked M133 will feature a traditional exhaust gas-driven twin-scroll turbocharger. However, AMG is also developing a more advanced variant of its new engine that uses a 48V electrical system and runs both an electric-driven turbocharger and electric motor in a hybrid set-up that promises an even greater ramp-up in performance.

AMG is also looking to endow its new hatchback model with an extra 20lb ft — a move that, insiders have told Autocar, will provide it with at least 369lb ft and allow its 0-62mph sprint to crack the 4.0sec mark.


PLUS confirms CIMB arbitration notice, but says its RFID doesn’t breach any agreement, won’t back down

Yesterday, it was reported that Touch ‘n Go parent company CIMB Group Holdings had filed a notice of arbitration dated December 17 against PLUS in a bid to stop the highway concessionaire from introducing its own radio-frequency identification (RFID) toll collection system.

According to CIMB, PLUS’ introduction of its own RFID system breaches the obligations under the Touch ‘n Go joint venture, which CIMB, its wholly-owned subsidiary CIMB SI 1 and PLUS entered into an agreement with back in May 1998.

Now, PLUS has officially confirmed that it has been served the arbitration notice, but the concessionaire is not backing down on its decision to proceed with its own RFID system. In a press statement, PLUS said it firmly believes that the recent launch of the PLUS RFID targeted pilot will promote choices to the rakyat.

The company said it offers options and convenience for customers to pay as you use, with credit and debit cards, in addition to the existing e-wallet and prepaid mode of payment provided by Touch ‘n Go. Citing that Touch ‘n Go’s e-wallet and prepaid payment remains one of the options in the PLUS RFID targeted pilot, PLUS said it therefore believes that it is not in breach of any agreement.

It added that providing additional choices to highway users should be considered a virtue, in line with the spirit of the Touch ‘n Go agreement to provide users the best customer service, and said it was looking forward to making its case in the arbitration proceedings.


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Kryotec – the Engine That Will Power the Tata Harrier

Just when we thought Tata was only focusing on the Tigor facelift, the company released some information of the engine that will power their new Harrier SUV. What essentially is a modified version of Fiat’s Multijet engine, this two-litre turbocharged oil burner is also seen on the Jeep Compass SUV. Tata has done some modifications to the engine which include the addition of an electronically controlled variable geometry turbocharger, a low friction valve train and an advanced EGR system. While the Indian carmaker has not revealed official figures yet, reports suggest the car will deliver 140 horses and provide a turning force of 300 Nm. 

Kryotec engine tata harrier

The engine will also have different tune stages which will work in conjunction with the drive mode selector to provide the best output as per the conditions the SUV is thrown in front of. Going by the robust architecture and testing videos of the Harrier, we sure know that it is going to be quite a capable off-roader and engine like this further proves this statement. Tata too has backed up the prowess of the car by testing it across various road surfaces, even a race track.

Harrier Architecture feature image

Also Read: VIDEO: Watch The Upcoming Tata Harrier SUV Wade Through Water Like A Fish

The name of the engine, Kryotec is inspired by the Cryogenic rocket engine which is known for its power and reliability. from The engine will come mated to a choice of two transmissions, a six-speed manual and a Hyundai sourced six-speed automatic, which will cater to both types of drivers. The Jeep Compass will be the main competitor of the SUV and judging by the effort Tata has put in, Jeep does need to start to worry as this SUV is set to make its debut early in 2019. Below is an image gallery of the H5X, the concept on which the Harrier is based.


Car Wars Helps Dealership Phone Handlers Focus on Facial Expression

Car Wars just released another groundbreaking feature to add to its suite of services: Facial Expression Detection. The feature can detect a salesperson’s expression as he or she sits in front of the computer and takes calls.

Gone are the days of BDC and sales managers constantly reminding their agents to smile on the phone. With real-time feedback powered by Facial Expression Detection, agents can better monitor themselves and improve their tone live on every phone call.

“This feature is truly cutting-edge,” said Mike Haeg, Car Wars’ Vice President of Automotive. “Giving agents immediate feedback and allowing them to correct their demeanor while on a call will promote continuous, active improvement.”

Car Wars is constantly innovating, and there is one more big announcement on the way. Stay tuned for the big reveal, and find more information at

About Car Wars

Car Wars combines artificial and human intelligence to listen to and categorize every inbound and outbound call at the dealership. This data provides managers insight into how every call is handled, alerts them when an opportunity needs attention, and actively improves phone performance in sales and service.

Car Wars uses competition and transparent accountability to create a high-powered phone culture that converts more phone calls into booked appointments.

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