Auto News for July 24

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi will close its lone U.S. manufacturing plant in Illinois and may try to sell the facility to another automaker, according to the leading Nikkei business daily in Japan. The company said it is always considering optimizing its global production structure, but insisted no decision has been made regarding the plant. The newspaper said further details will be announced later but the mayor of Normal, Illinois said this is all news to him. Mitsubishi’s plant employs 1,250 workers.

2016 Honda Accord

New cars, even refreshed ones, are usually displayed first at auto shows in big cities. But Honda showed off the 2016 Accord in Silicon Valley because, the maker claims, it is the most hi-tech Accord in history. It is the first Honda to support both Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto. There are also a number of safety features including Collision Mitigation Braking System and Adaptive Cruise Control that you are probably already familiar with. Honda also opened its expanded research and development center in Mountain View, California.

2015 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock

New vehicles sales are expected to increase 2.6 percent year-over-year to a total of 1.47 million units this month, according to Kelley Blue Book. “Fiat Chrysler should extend its sales gain streak to 64 consecutive months with expected growth of 4.4 percent” almost entirely on its Jeep brand, said Alec Gutierrez, senior analyst for KBB. Compact SUV’s once again will be the fastest-growing segment in the market and mid-size cars the weakest, the company said.

Older adults who have stopped driving are almost two times more likely to suffer from depression and nearly five times as likely to enter a long term care facility as those who remain behind the wheel, according to a new study from Triple A and Columbia University. “When the decision is made to relinquish the keys, it is vital to mitigate the potential negative effects through participation in programs that allow seniors to remain mobile and socially connected,” said Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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