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December 2014 •



ASON Learning and the Institute of Scrap Recycling

Industries (ISRI) are collaborating on a project to build

awareness about recycling vehicles. The groups invited young

filmmakers, artists, automobile enthusiasts and recycling ad-

vocates to participate in a contest that showcases the different

commodities that can be recycled from end-of-life vehicles.

Many different commodities are needed to make all the parts

that go into a car, and almost all of them are recyclable. In the

Automobile Recycling Awareness Contest, students in grades

5 - 12 are challenged to research one or more of the commodi-

ties that go into making a car and find out what happens to

each commodity through the automobile recycling process

and beyond.

Students currently residing in the United States may en-

ter the contest as individuals or in small teams of up to four

students. Entrants must create an original video or poster in the

style of an infomercial or awareness campaign to illustrate the

process and challenges that go along with recycling their cho-

sen commodity or commodities into a reusable form. Top video

and posters will be used to help educate the public on the many

different commodities that make up automobiles, how those

commodities can be recycled to develop other products, and the

importance of designing automobiles for end-of-life recycling.

“Last year, more than 11.5 million cars in the U.S. were re-

cycled into commodity grade materials including metals, glass,

plastic, rubber, and textiles,” said Robin Wiener, president of

ISRI. “By exploring automobile recycling in a fun and educa-

tional way, this contest gives young people the opportunity to

learn about the life cycle and value of every commodity. At the

same time, it will encourage many students to pursue careers

in science, technology, engineering, and math in fields such as

the recycling industry.”

“At JASON we pride ourselves on connecting students with

the real professionals working in science, technology, engineer-

ing and math (STEM) to explore new frontiers and find new

solutions to the problems threatening our environment,” said

JASON Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Eleanor Smalley. “The Automobile Recycling Awareness

Contest will teach students about the automobile recycling

process from some of the industry’s biggest players, and give

them the opportunity to think critically about the design and

recycling of future automobiles.”

Entries must be submitted by January 15, 2015, and the

winners will be selected by March 15, 2015. Prizes for the

finalists include being featured on the JASON and ISRI web-

sites, a year of JASON online access, a contest t-shirt, and, for

two grand prize winners, a trip for the entrants and a parent

or guardian to ISRI’s Annual Convention and Exposition in

Vancouver, British Columbia, April 21-25, 2015.

For more information about the contest, including how to

enter and submit your work, and JASON and ISRI in general,

please visit:

ISRI Promotes Vehicle Recycling

Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

While the CTS will stick of around,

lack of interest in the wagon model

lead to its discontinuation.

Chevrolet SS

Slow U.S. sales, coupled with

the cessation of Holden Motors in

Australia, led to this discontinuation.

Dodge Grand Caravan

Now owned by Fiat, Chrysler has

trimmed its minivan offerings to only

the Chrysler Town & Country.

Dodge Durango

There are rumors that the Durango

could simply shift brands and become

a new, three-row SUV in Jeep’s lineup,

but that has yet to be confirmed.

Honda Fit EV

Honda only offered the Fit EV on

a lease basis.

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

The 2015 Nissan Murano has an all-new

body, but the CrossCabriolet was never

a popular version.

Nissan Cube

The cube is a slow-selling Nissan model.

Acura TL

The TL is an underperforming

model in Acura’s lineup.

Jaguar XK

Jaguar’s F-Type model is much

more successful than the XK.

Toyota FJ Cruiser

This was only ever slated as a

one-generation model.

Say Goodbye To These Vehicles After 2015


list of brand new vehicles is published each January

as automakers ready for the New Year with hopes

of new sales. But as new vehicles are unveiled, there are

always old models that are discontinued. Automakers

discontinue vehicles for a variety of reasons, sometimes

an engine stops being produced, thus negating the model,

other times manufacturers want to streamline, or there’s

a change in ownership and, of course, some models just

don’t sell. Insider Car News


recently published a list of 10 models that won’t be manu-

factured after 2015. Here is a list of those models that

won’t be seen again.