• Jul 29th 2010 at 1:33PM
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The 2011 BMW 5 series can stick another feather in its jaunty Alpine cap. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the German automaker's middle child the coveted Top Safety Pick accolade. The newest generation of the 5er managed to nab the highest ratings possible for front, side, rear and rollover crash protection, becoming the first 5 Series to win the Top Safety Pick in the model's history. Surprisingly enough, the 2011 5 Series is also the first BMW to take the award since the IIHS incorporated its new roll-over test.

The institute says that BMW has made up impressive ground in the area of side impact protection. Last year's car only managed a "marginal" rating during that section of testing, while the new car was granted the highest rating possible. The institute goes on to say that its test replicates an impact from a larger vehicle, such as an SUV of a pickup truck, to accommodate for the higher number of these vehicles on the road today. Full details at the link below.

[Source: IIHS]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, because everyone knows it's BMW (and somehow NOT TOYOTA!!!!) who go out of their way to "buy" ratings.... Toyota put the GM of yore to shame by brainwashing the public and launching a brutal assault on the minds of new/young car buyers by buying opinions and positive reviews from just about everyone. Bribery and buying the public is their game. It's helped them in their quest to reach #1 (in sales) ever since the late 50's.

      Whatever your actual motives are (I have my own theories), you're not convincing anyone with a working brain that BMW (and other German/European marques, since you seem to be targetting them mostly) don't actually build safe cars. They are (and always have been) known for that before Lexus (err, Toyota) ever set out to copy them. All you do is talk and spew nonsense and claim things without evidence. It's like you've set out to convince people - using just self-made claims - that Lexus, one of the blandest and most over-priced/over-rated brands in automotive history, which has also always trailed in just about every performance category, is not only equal to its rivals, but somehow better, with better fuel-economy (untrue), superior performance (oh God, where do I even begin...!), sleeker/sexier designs (yeah, right), better interiors (even than Bentley and Rolls Royce, as I recall you stating) and higher appeal (to whom?!). Oh, and lest we forget, Lexus, the orgiginal king of carbon-copying, is suddenly the crowned king of originality.... Good Lord. You're like a one-man Israeli cyber-army, only you're out on a quest to brainwash anyone who's thick or misinformed enough (or lacks knowledge of any kind), and bring them over to the side of Lexus, or - should that fail - at least Infiniti.... Do you even own a Lexus?!

      Claiming the exact opposite of the truth is "the actual truth" just because you say so isn't convincing, or even original. BMW builds safer and BETTER cars than the Toyota's wannabe luxu-bore brand. Get over it. Or have fun driving your overrated and glorified Toyota thinking your polished turd is better than real cars....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does that first pic look an awful lot like the Lincoln LS?
      I think it's that yellow stripe in the middle. I messes with my head.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This front-end is much more contoured than the LS so not really.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I mean, if the koreans are getting IIHS Top Picks; one would think that at least BMW should pick up some slack and do the same.
      • 5 Years Ago
      smash!!!! Something about BMW's that I like seeing them smashed.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      LexusBoy, shut up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Go BMW! The new 5 series looks great.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not sold on the new look, I liked Bangle's flare. However, seeing the inside limited damage from that SUV like crash is damn impressive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man, if that's what a 5-star looks like, how am I gonna ride in a 4-star car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      TSP isn't a particularly special designation anymore. Any manufacturer worth buying from has TSP's in their range.
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