Crash tests

Small cars struggle in latest round of IIHS crash tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Small cars performed poorly in a new round of insurance industry crash testing, with the four-door Mini Cooper Countryman receiving the only good rating of 12 cars evaluated. Meanwhile, the lithium ion electric batteries of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and Nissan Leaf electric vehicle survived during their first Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests with no problems reported....
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Honda aims to take 3D leap forward with advanced crash-test simulation software

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
It takes roughly 5 years, on average, to develop and launch an all-new vehicle today. Honda believes it's poised to take a major chunk of time out of the process....
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ADAC auto club tests car safety in Germany

May 2, 2014 08:30 CET
The test facility at Germany's ADAC automotive club near Munich is one of only a handful of test centers in Europe accredited by EuroNCAP to assess the safety of passenger cars....
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Two GM SUVs score 'good' ratings in new crash testing

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
Only the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain survived the challenging new small-overlap crash test for mid-sized SUVs from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with a "good" rating....
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Crash avoidance is a noble idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
The government is suggesting that perhaps the first step in creating a safer automotive environment would be to install transmitting devices in all vehicles sold in the United States, the first step toward enable vehicles to communicate with one another to avoid accidents. What may be a noble suggestion is probably an impractical solution to automotive collisions....
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Making vehicles safer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
It's not surprising that several minicars and subcompacts generally fared poorly in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small-overlap crash test. In the short term, the results may embarrass some automakers. But longer term, it's good news for consumers because automakers will make better vehicles for the next round of testing....
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Minicars fare worst in U.S. frontal crash test, report says

Jan. 22, 2014 10:49 CET
Minicars such as the Fiat 500 and Honda Fit performed worse than any other vehicle segment in a U.S. frontal crash test that mimics what happens when a car hits another vehicle, utility pole or tree....
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Toyota Camry regains Consumer Reports' favor after crash test results

12:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2013
The Toyota Camry, headed for its 12th consecutive year as the best-selling car in the U.S., returned to Consumer Reports' recommended list after showing improvement on an insurance-industry crash test....
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BMW i3 fails to earn EuroNCAP's top safety rating

Nov. 27, 2013 15:56 CET
BMW's electric i3 has earned four out of a possible five stars in a EuroNCAP safety test after scoring poorly in the pedestrian protection and safety assistance systems categories....
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Toyota's high-tech safety push

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2013
Toyota is forging ahead on advanced safety systems, even as it falls behind rivals on more mundane crash-protection technology....
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Honda Odyssey gets high marks on new IIHS crash test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2013
The 2014 Honda Odyssey received the top rating on a stringent new crash test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, giving the updated minivan critical bragging rights with safety-oriented shoppers....
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Testing crash prevention

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
A test track being built by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to measure the effectiveness of accident-avoidance technology is a welcome development....
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Toyota hustles to remedy low crash ratings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Toyota Motor Corp. is racing to make its cars stronger in frontal crash tests after some vehicles, including the RAV4 compact crossover, were stung by poor safety ratings....
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5-star rating isn't enough for the Musk publicity machine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Tesla's Model S sedan has aced every government crash test, receiving five-star ratings on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's frontal, side, rear and rollover tests....
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Breakthrough or bauble? Safety lab is on the case

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
As marketing machines and tech blogs hum over the new generation of crash-prevention technologies, a complex question hangs over the whole field: Do they work, in the real world, well enough to trust over a driver's own reflexes? Researchers are used to crashing cars into barriers to see how they fare, but the new wave of technology defies such techniques....
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Tesla Model S aces government crash tests

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2013
Tesla Motors has passed its first government crash tests with flying colors, winning an overall five-star rating for the Model S, as CEO Elon Musk had promised. The all-electric sedan received five stars, the highest possible score, on the frontal crash, side crash and rollover tests administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to test results posted on the NHTSA Web site....
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Honda Civic still best among compacts on new IIHS crash test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2013
The Honda Civic is still the only small car to get the top rating on a new test that simulates a severe front-end crash, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says. Many popular and entry-level small cars struggled in a new round of "small overlap" crash tests, which replicates an accident in which the front corner of a car clips another car, a pole or a tree at 40 mph....
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