• Jun 11th 2009 at 7:29PM
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Much has been said about the new Fiesta that will soon anchor Ford's line up in the U.S. For all of the praise that its driving dynamics and killer sense of style have earned, we still don't know how safe it is in an accident. That's an important consideration for cars this small that may meet the business end of a Hummer grille one day. Well, one person knows how safe they are: AutoWeek Road Test Editor Natalie Neff (no relation, seriously, just a coinkydink).

Her metallic green Fiesta media vehicle was recently attacked by a tire that had removed itself from an Oldsmobile Cutlass in oncoming traffic. As the story goes, the rampaging radial crossed the highway median and bounced up 20 feet in the air before it landed on Neff's windshield as she emerged from an overpass going 75 mph. Thankfully she's okay, or rather, thanks to the Fiesta, she's okay.

The tire left a skid mark on the Fiesta's hood and proceeded to transfer its kinetic energy to the windshield and roof of the car. Much destruction resulted and Neff says that she's still flossing bits of tempered glass from her teeth, but the use of ultra-high-strength boron steel in the Fiesta withstood a safety test that goes far beyond what NHTSA and IIHS has in store for the European import.

[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      she does have nice bumpers...........I am so glad they replaced Phlem Green with the new Puke Green. Much better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've been a longtime fan of Ms. Neff's AW articles. She started her article about the crash with her regular wit and charm (though Rich, commenter #1, is right - the U.S. may not have much experience with Fiesta crashes, but Europe now has the Interweb!).

      This article does answer a burning question, though, about the coincidence of the Two Neffs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      sure that wasn't the only skidmark... vulgar, but expected. what's unexpected is the lack of hate for the olds that i honestly expected to see in this thread
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just looked at her blog pix. That killed the fantasy!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, I'm glad Natalie's okay, I always enjoy her visits to Autoline Detroit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ohhhhh..... lucky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now the real question should be; was it lack of maintenece or some hack mechanic that caused the problem?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Perspective... it's important.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seems like she got the looks in the family.

      Oh snap!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ahem. We do know what a Fiesta performs like in a crash. Check the Euro NCAP Web site.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I didn't know the grille of a hummer had any other end but a business one...
      • 6 Years Ago
      (polite cough) Windshield glass is not tempered. Side and rear glass is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Okay, is this a dig against GM or my Daddy's Oldsmobile?

      Seriously though, 75 MPH !!!
      Did anyone get her license number?
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