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    Official: VW Jetta TDI Value Edition drops price of diesel ownership to $21,295*
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    Getting a new diesel-powered car just got a bit easier. Volkswagen has announced a new Jetta TDI Value Edition for 2014 that trims over $2,000 off the starting price of a Jetta TDI, making the most affordable diesel-powered car in America even more so. Prices start at $21,295 (*plus $820 for ...

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    Video: Watching IIHS test semi trailers for safety is frightening
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    "Underride." That's a word you'll want to add to your glossary of horrifying fates. It describes the action of a car sliding under a semi trailer at speed, with results that sometimes aren't pretty to look at - the kind this Corvette driver only managed to escape by ducking. As part of its ...

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    Video: IIHS goes behind the scenes of its own frontal offset crash tests
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    It would be glib to say that safety equipment has had a huge influence on automobiles in the past 20 years. The result of cars being massively more safe than they were not long ago has made them bigger, heavier, more expensive, more challenging to develop, harder to fix and harder for emergency ...

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    Report: NHTSA mulling adding small-overlap and angled crash tests
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    For the sake of safer cars, it sounds like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could be moving to create stricter crash tests that are similar to (and potentially even more rigorous) than what the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently instituted. In an interview with ...

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    Official: NHTSA releases list of 2013 models to be crash tested
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    Fans of the Fiat 500, Dodge Dart and Buick Verano should prepare to avert their eyes in the coming year. Those models are among 54 to be crashed, smashed and trashed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the interest of public safety. The models in line for government ...

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    Official: IIHS launching first new frontal crash test since 1995 [w/video]
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has unveiled a new crash testing methodology in dramatic fashion – by dinging some of the most popular entry luxury sedans for failing to adequately protect the driver during certain types of crashes. The 2012 Acura TSX, 2012 BMW 3-Series, 2012 ...

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    Report: Chevy Sonic crushes NHTSA crash tests, earns 5 stars
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    Following on the heels of its Camaro stablemate, the smallest Chevrolet model has performed well on the National Highway Safety Administration's crash tests, earning a coveted five-star overall safety rating. Two months ago, the Camaro received the first perfect score awarded under NHTSA's ...

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    Video: Fifth Gear crashes a Ford Focus at 120 mph
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    For the sake of this post, let's say that your average passenger car can hit a top speed of about 120 miles per hour. Ever wonder what would happen if a run-of-the-mill car – even one that's considered safe by modern passenger-car standards – crashed into an oncoming replica of ...

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    Report: China announces new, more stringent crash standards
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    There are innumerable design and engineering hurdles to clear if you're an automaker intent on selling your wares worldwide, but few are more core to the business than safety. China knows this all too well. For years now, we've been hearing how the nation was planning to go global with its ...

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    Official: Dodge Durango snags Top Safety Pick laurels from IIHS [w/video]
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    Chalk one up in the win column for Chrysler. The 2011 Dodge Durango has earned the title of Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That's a nice step forward over previous generations, which failed to achieve the honor. Now, however, any Durango built after May of 2011 ...

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    Official: IIHS tests brace of new small cars, many earn Top Safety Pick status [w/video]
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    Thirteen enter, six leave ... with Top Safety Pick awards. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety spent some time driving (and smashing) a big group of small cars. Six of those cars received top honors from the IIHS by scoring a rating of "Good" across the board. The 2012 Ford Focus, 2012 ...

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    Honda Civic only nets two stars on revamped NHTSA side impact test
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is slowly unveiling the results of the freshly updated five-star New Car Assessment Program, and not all 2011 models are faring so well. USA Today reports that the 2011 Honda Civic is the latest such victim after the popular compact sedan ...

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    First pickups tested using NHTSA's new crash testing system
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rolled in the first batch of pickup trucks to be tested using its latest Five-Star New Car Assessment Program. Three trucks were tested: the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (this truck's scores were also applied to the nearly identical GMC Sierra ...

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    NHTSA releases first batch of crash test ratings under new safety standards
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    Click above for safety ratings of all 30 vehicles tested under NHTSA's new crash test rating system
    Earlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it would be revising its well known five-star crash test rating system for 2011 model year vehicles. This new ...

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    2011 Kia Sportage bags IIHS 'Top Safety Pick'
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    2011 Kia Sportage – Click above for high-res image gallery
    When it comes to the 2011 Kia Sportage, there's a lot to talk about. From where we sit, it's one of the best-looking compact crossovers on the market, it's reasonably priced (starting below $20,000) and as we found out in our first ...

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    Autoblog gets seat and simulation time with Toyota's newest safety technology [w/video]
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    Inside Toyota's Higashi-Fuji tech center – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Sitting in the shadow of Mount Fuji, Toyota's Higashi-Fuji technical center is part proving grounds and part engineering center. But unlike most facilities, Higashi-Fuji includes an array of engineering and ...

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    NHTSA to update 5-star testing process
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    2011 Chevrolet Cruze Crash Testing – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is set to debut a new testing procedure for the 2011 model year that will make it more difficult for new cars and trucks to earn the government agency's coveted ...

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    GM crash test dummy donated to Smithsonian after 15 years of whiplash
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    GM's H50-1 ATD in action – Click above for high-res image gallery
    General Motors has made an unusual donation to the Smithsonian: a crash test dummy. Well, not just any crash test dummy. The company handed over its H50-1 anthromorphic testing device, or ATD, to the museum to help catalog ...

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    BMW 530d passes crash test using emergency brake intervention
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    The new 2011 BMW 530d has easily passed its first crash test evaluation while using active emergency brake intervention. Like a number of other cars to come to market recently, the 5 Series is available with a radar-based active cruise control system that can use the brake system to manage ...

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    IIHS condemns use of mini trucks and low-speed vehicles on public roads
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    If you live in the U.S. sunbelt or in an upscale gated community, you've probably seen quite a few of those hopped-up electric golf carts trolling around your neighborhood. These low-speed vehicles are great for zipping to the mailbox or heading over to the clubhouse, and the vehicles are ...

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