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The Chrysler Group has resumed production of the SRT Viper following a two-month shutdown period due to slow sales. Production at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant was idled on April 14th, with 91 UAW-represented employees being laid off. As of March 1, Chrysler had delivered only 100 Vipers for the year in the United States and Canada and had 756 unsold Vipers in its inventory.

Since then, SRT sold 324 examples of its halo sports car in North America, AutoGuide reports. April was the Viper’s most successful month this year, with 97 units delivered in the United States and 15 sold in Canada. Surprisingly enough, Canadian sales have climbed from 4 vehicles in January to 21 in June, while U.S. sales took a nose dive from 97 units in April to just 36 in June.

There’s no word as to how many SRT Viper will be built per day for the remainder of the year. Last year, production peaked at nine vehicles per day before SRT decided to slow things down and assemble only six units per day.

The 2014 SRT Viper is priced from $102,485 and can fetch more than $124,985 when selected in the range-topping GTS trim. The Viper costs twice as much as the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and will likely be more expensive than the brutal 2015 Corvette Z06 .

Click past the jump to read more about the SRT Viper.

Source: Autoguide

To help continue theFourth of July celebrations here at TopSpeed, I have decided to take at look at how the American car has impacted the world. Europe is typically quoted with having the best cars, but here are some American machines that have stepped up and shown the world that we know what we are doing.

We may not have created the car, but we are responsible for the way they drive, the way they are made and we even made some major contributions to the world of performance and horsepower. Put down that hot dog for a few seconds and take a quick look back through history at America’s greatest contributions to the world of internal combustion. That cooler full of cold beverages and that box of explosives will both still be there when you get done.

Continue reading to find out America’s greatest contributions to the world of the automobile.

Sometimes when you set out to prove something, the proof often times just isn’t enough for some folks. Naysayers and slanderers just eat your lunch. So it seems Hyundai has taken the extra step – or six in this case – to ensure the car-conscious public is well aware of the 2015 Genesis ’ latest convenience safety features.

So to demonstrate the Genesis’ Advanced Smart Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist system, Hyundai hired stunt driver Buddy Joe to lead the pack of driverless, yes driverless, Genesis sedans around an oval loop then subject them to a rather sudden stop. But executing the driverless car situation was a little more involved than one might think.

Lined up one after another, the drivers of all six Genesis sedan turned on both the smart cruise control and the lane keeping function before proceeding to exit the vehicle. Yep, the stunt drivers make use of the Genesis’ generous panoramic sunroof by climbing through it, only to jump to a moving semi truck pulled along side.

Without spoiling all the video’s fun, I can say it’s a pretty impressive stunt that seems hard to fake. The cars all followed each other perfectly (though seemingly at slow speeds) until the semi truck slammed on its brakes. Driverless, each car came to a complete stop without nary an issue. Nicely done, Hyundai. I’m impressed.

Click past the jump for a glimpse behind the scenes of Hyundai’s stunt.

British automaker MG is planning to release a successor to the TF two-seat sports car. It won’t happen right away, possibly not even until the end of the decade, but company execs have already discussed the possibility of its return.

Auto Express is reporting that MG executives have not made any concrete plans on the TF’s successor, but did say that steps will be taken as soon as the company successfully transitions under its new owners, China’s SAIC.

Fans of the TF will be happy about this development. We haven’t seen the TF since MG ended production of the sports roadster in 2011. If the estimated timeline is accurate, 2018 or 2019 are likely the safest bets that we see the TF’s successor make its arrival.

That’s admittedly a long way from now, which is a little disappointing. For now, the company is focused on building a pair of new vehicle architectures that will be used on other models, including a CS Concept -based SUV and an MG5 that the company plans to put against the Ford Focus . At least one of those models is slated for a 2015 release.

There’s clearly a lot of moving pieces going on within MG these days. Being under SAIC ownership has helped in that regard, allowing the British automaker to begin its return to relevancy.

This talked-about two-seater sports car may still be years away from being launched. But the mere mention of serious discussions taking place has us hopeful of an automotive future that has MG in it.

Click past the jump to read more about MG TF.

Source: AutoExpress

Mazda has just revealed that the 2016 Miata will be unveiled on September 3rd. That’s awesome news for sports car nuts like you and me, but the big news lies in the teaser the Japanese released along with the brief announcement. And it’s not the customary photo that shows either a headlamps or a wheel. It’s way better, as we’re getting a taste of the Miata’s brand-new, turbocharged engine.

That’s right folks, the Miata is embracing forced induction and all the coolness that comes with it. Details are still under wraps as of 07/04/2014, but the MX-5 screaming up a canyon road in the adjacent video suggests a lot of goodness is coming our way. The slight whistle you’re hearing on those upshifts is a clear indication of a turbocharger unit residing under the hood, most likely mated to the aluminum, four-banger engine everyone’s been talking about lately.

We already know Mazda is using a SkyActive chassis for the upcoming Miata, which means we’re also getting a lighter, and more fuel efficient sports car to go with the force-fed powerplant. All we need is to find out more about the number of horses directed to the pavement and have a glimpse at the Miata’s brand-new design. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait for September 3rd to arrive. Stay tuned to TopSpeed until then, we have a feeling there are more teasers coming our way.

Back in the day, the Volkswagen Beetle was known as the "people’s car". It was cheap, simple to maintain, and cute as a bug. That perception changed a lot with the New Beetle , which comes with its engine mounted at the front and a more sophisticated appeal. Of course, the current Beetle has yet to ditch its feminine image, but that could change if a recent rumor about Volkswagen ’s plans to put the 2014 Dune Concept in production proves to be accurate.

That’s right, folks, the muscular Beetle Dune Concept could become available at a dealership near you, and it might happen in early 2016. According to CAR, the Volkswagen board already approved the Beetle Dune at a meeting in May 2014, with the crossover-like vehicle to be launched as both a hatchback and a convertible . The news was confirmed by head of Beetle marketing Matthias Zauner, who also said the Dune will become an integral part of the future Beetle lineup and not just a special-edition model.

So what’s VW aiming to achieve with the Beetle Dune?

Click past the jump to read more about Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept.

Source: CAR

As we celebrate our nation’s independence from British rule, it’s good to ponder on all the great things this nation has done. Put a man on the moon? Check. Conquered the Nazi regime, freeing Europe from its blitzkrieg? Check. Won every Super Bowl ever played? Yep, that too. We’ve made some pretty cool stuff along the way as well, including iconic vehicles that epitomize the American way.

Our list of most patriotic vehicles covers a wide gambit yet still focuses on those that either made a difference in our past, help define our American culture, or help pull our economy back into place. They’re the ones you can imagine seeing as fireworks burst overhead with the tune of the Star Spangled Banner softly playing the background. Yeah, you’re starting to get the idea.

So without any further ado, click past the jump for TopSpeed’s list of most patriotic vehicles.

Goodwood may have ended, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t more to see. With so many cars at Goodwood covering so many generations, markets, styles and brands, it can be hard to make sure you’ve seen it all. Ferrari understands this, and because it never want anyone to miss a single on of their cars , the Italian automaker compiled a nice video for us of all the Prancing Horses that charged up the Hill.

The video stars with a lovely introduction from Lord March’s daughter, Atty Lennox, and then it goes into full on Italian Petrol Opera.

There are F1 cars from the modern and classic era, road going machines,like the 458 Speciale , one-off SP projects like the F12 TRS and even some machines from Ferrari ’s storied Le Mans endurance racing history.

The video would be a bit better if there was more exhaust noise and a little less music, but otherwise there is a lot here to fall in love with.

Click that play button and watch some of Italy’s finest blast the Hill of Goodwood.

We hope everyone enjoyed the show! A special big thanks goes out to our live viewers and commentators. You make the show even more enjoyable.

This week is crammed full of crazy and wild stuff, and we start things off with a bang. Right after introductions we talk about my upcoming trip to Colorado to drive some V-8 powered Miatas. We then jump straight into the Weekly Wheels segment where Justin talks about his time with the spacious Kia Sorento . Spoiler alert: he really liked it. We kept the SUV theme going with my talk about the Lexus RX 450h . You get a good explanation about why I was so hard on the thing in my review. We finish with Mark’s thoughts on the Prius .

If you think this list is a bit boring, I have a brand new Miata coming soon, so that will be in next-week’s podcast.

For the news, we start with the somber news of the tragedy at Pikes Peak. To keep from depressing everyone on this Thursday we move to Mark’s trip to the Hyundai manufacturing plant in Alabama. From there we move to the insanity that is a 700 horsepower Challenger. There is lots of grunting and yelling of ’Merica in that segment.

To finish out the news, we do a mad dash through a pile of Goodwood news including the new Focus ST , the McLaren 650s GT3 and Nissan’s new hill climb record.

We finish the show up with a few questions from the viewers that range from how to buy a used car, to how to escape rapid soccer fans. We also look at the future of the Focus RS and the next-generation Miata .

The last piece of the show is Own, Drive, Burn and we have a large Mercedes , an armored personnel carrier and a monster truck. This whole show was full of awesome and crazy.

If you have questions for us, or if you have suggestions for Own, Drive, Burn, just drop them in comments, or hit us up on the Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast . You can also send us an email to Podcast@TopSpeed.com.

Have a safe weekend and we will see you next Thursday.

When a car that costs $2.4 million does some fancy burnouts, it’s probably a great idea to just stay the hell away. The Koenigsegg One:1 definitely qualifies as one of those supercars that need their space more than any other exotic in the world. So understand the need to give it a little breathing room, especially when its showing off its all 1,340 horses and 1,011 pound-feet of torque with some tire-smoldering donuts.

More than that, it actually looks impressive doing it, even at the potential cost of messing up that carbon-fiber beauty. The combination of that throaty engine roar with a touch of turbo whistle and the ear-piercing sound of burning rubber also creates a nice collaborative treat for the ears, the kind that very few cars in this world are capable of.

So the next time you see a Koenigsegg One:1 — if you’re lucky enough to see one in the first place — don’t get too close. Instead, just step back and enjoy it while you can.


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