Auto News for Dec. 19

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The best value for your automotive dollar is the Toyota Camry Hybrid according to Consumer Reports. It said the car costs a very reasonable 52 cents per mile to operate and has excellent predicted reliability. Other bang for the buck cars were the Honda Accord with the 4 cylinder engine, Subaru Legacy 2.5i and the Subaru Forester 2.5i.

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Cadillac will add high resolution streaming video to the interior rear view mirror that will greatly improve visibility for the driver. It would remove obstructions of passengers, headrests, roof, and rear pillars. Cady says rear view visibility would be improved by 300%, kind of like driving a convertible with the top down.

If you are a fan of vintage Honda products, Marysville, Ohio is the place to go. Honda next month will open to the public a $35-million Heritage Center in the city where it has been building cars for years. The building is also home to a new Technical Development Center focused on advancing the skills for engineers, technicians and assembly workers.

Toyota will spend $126-million to expand its operations in Michigan and consolidate some of its departments.

Volvo and others are working on a new helmet that should reduce accidents between bicyclists and cars. It is a new helmet that will alert both the rider and the driver of a bicycle’s position and, if an imminent collision is indicated, both road users will be warned to take necessary action avoid a potential accident. It would use a smartphone app for the bike rider and a Volvo’s head-up display. Volvo said the cloud based safety concept has “exciting development opportunities and will ultimately help save lives.”

The 2015 Dodge Challenger has earned a five star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – its highest rating.

New vehicle sales in December are expected to reach the highest levels on a seasonable adjusted annualize rate since 2006, according to J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. It predicts sales will increase 7 percent to 1.3 million units over December of 2013. It said the industry continues to demonstrate strong sales growth as the year comes to a close.

Hyundai is talking about new system that will integrate your smartphone into the on board seven inch touch screen display. It can be used for phone calls, contact, music, navigation, messaging, accident avoidance, in short, just about anything that is on your phone. The system debuts at the Consumer Electronics show next month.

 

 

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