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    Official: Chrysler, Nissan minivans earn 'dire' crash test results, says IIHS [w/video]
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    First introduced in 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small-overlap frontal crash test has become the bane of many auto engineers' existence. It's a particularly steep design challenge because it forces just 25 percent of a vehicle's front end to take the brunt of a ...

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    Video: Watch Nissan's brand-new Datsun Go crash its way to zero stars
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    There has been a steady march of progress in automotive safety over the years, evolving from the initial introduction of seat belts and padded dash surfaces to airbags and anti-lock brakes, and, more recently, to some of today's vehicles that actively try to avoid a crash. Unfortunately, knowing ...

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    Report: Aging, obese crash test dummies in development to replicate US population
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    America's well-publicized weight problem and aging population of baby boomers is collaborating to bring about a change in the humble crash test dummy, as automakers and safety regulators are attempting to build vehicles even better suited to our changing population. "Obese people are 78 percent ...

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    Official: Honda fixes Fit flaw, improves performance on key crash test [w/video]
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    The Fit's grade on the small-front overlap test improved from "marginal" to "acceptable." Back in March, safety engineers at Honda were disappointed when the much-anticipated 2015 Fit received a substandard grade on an important crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway ...

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    Official: Mini Cooper Countryman only small car to earn good grade in latest IIHS crash tests [w/video]
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    Competitors in the small-car segment didn't do nearly as well. Four vehicles earned "poor" grades. Only one small car out of 12 tested earned a good grade in the latest round of crash-test results compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Mini Cooper Countryman received a ...

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    Video: Smart highlights safety of new Fortwo by crashing into much bigger brother
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    Smart is just getting ready to launch its new Fortwo and Forfour minicars, riding on a completely different platform, and the diminutive brand wants to show that its latest creations can stand up to some serious abuse. For such a tiny car, the crashworthiness of the Smarts is a legitimate concern ...

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    Video: Watch the 2015 Hyundai Sonata crash its way to an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating
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    Hyundai has managed to get another vehicle on the prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick +, as its new 2015 Sonata sedan performed admirably in crash testing. The redesigned Sonata's new look belied an improved crash test in the difficult small overlap front test, ...

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    Official: 2014 BMW 2 Series earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ [w/video]
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just certified its latest Top Safety Pick+, honoring the all-new BMW 2 Series with the coveted rating. IIHS cited the 2 Series' crash test ratings, which were rated as "Good" in the small overlap, moderate overlap, side and rollover. In the tricky ...

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    Official: VW Golf and GTI earn Top Safety Pick+ ratings [w/video]
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    More good news for Volkswagen, as its new small hatchback, the seventh-generation Golf and its sporty brother, the GTI, have both been named to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety's prestigious Top Safety Pick+ list. Both cars scored "Good" ratings across the board, including on the ...

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    Video: Nissan Zeod RC crash test looks like crushing the tip on a pencil
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    Nissan has already showed us the 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine 400 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, augmented by an electric motor, that sits in back of the ZEOD RC headed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. At the ZEOD RC's other end is a carbon fiber crash structure that has to be tested ...

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    Report: Audi UK in hot water over dealer safety claims
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    Car salesmen don't exactly have a reputation for being in the most truthful profession, and it appears that several Audi showrooms in the UK are playing into that stereotype. A BBC investigation found that multiple dealers told buyers that the company's models scored well in Euro NCAP crash ...

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    Official: 2015 Hyundai Genesis earns IIHS TSP+ [w/video]
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    Hyundai has just earned itself another Top Safety Pick+ award, following on the success of the Elantra way back in August 2013. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has certified the new, second-generation Genesis luxury sedan as a TSP+ following a successful round of crash testing. The ...

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    Featured: Behind the scenes of America's most important crash test
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    The car accident, for all intents and purposes, ends in less time than it takes to blink an eye. Twice a week researchers here conduct some of the most advanced crash testing of new vehicles in America. In 300 milliseconds, forward momentum has stopped. Airbags have deployed. Occupants have ...

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    Video: IIHS shows you how they capture crash-test footage
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a bunch of cars each year (multiple times, too) to ascertain their safety at its Vehicle Research Center. Have you ever wondered not just what it takes to slam automobiles against obstacles, but how to record it all accurately? A new video from ...

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    Official: IIHS bestows 2015 Audi A3 with Top Safety Pick+ [w/video]
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    There's some good news for Audi today, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the all-new A3 one of its Top Safety Pick+, the institute's highest award for safety. While there are no shortage of cars that can handle the standard IIHS trial, the tough small overlap test needed to ...

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    Video: What if crash test dummies are smarter and more feeling than we thought?
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    We take it for granted that crash test dummies – save the ones we saw in the short-lived 1990s cartoon series or the Canadian one-hit wonder – are inanimate, unfeeling and altogether without conscience. But what if they suddenly came to life? That's the premise of a short film called ...

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    Report: Honda Fit loses Recommended rating from Consumer Reports
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    Thanks to its poor performance in the most recent round of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing, where it received the lowest overall score in the small-overlap test, Consumer Reports has bumped the Honda Fit from its "Recommended" list. When a car gets bumped from the magazine's ...

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    Report: IIHS tests 11 minicars, finds them wanting in small-overlap crash test
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and its challenging small-overlap crash test have passed judgment. In testing of nearly a dozen minicars, only one vehicle scored an acceptable rating on the ultra-tough test, which was instituted in August 2012. The Chevrolet Spark was the only car out ...

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    Video: Watch GM's new pickup crash its way to five-star NHTSA ratings
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    General Motors has just scored a big win with its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, acing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration New Car Assessment Program. The two full-size trucks had already netted a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in their crew-cab variants, but ...

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    Official: Subaru Forester, Legacy and Outback earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ratings
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced its more rigorous standards for the Top Safety Pick+ crash test rating back in September, and has recently called out some new models that have attained this highest rating. Last year, the TSP+ category was created for vehicles passing the ...

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