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    Official: Fiat 500 nets three-star NHTSA safety rating; Toyota Camry and Cadillac CTS get five
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    The 2012 Toyota Camry and 2012 Cadillac CTS have joined the ranks of vehicles that have earned the coveted five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The vehicles mark the 15th and 16th models to nab the top rating under the tougher NHTSA crash test standards ...

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    Official: Step Right Up: NHTSA announces list of 2012 models to be tested
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a list of 74 vehicles for the 2012 model year that it plans on crash testing. The vehicles include 42 passengers cars, 22 SUVs, eight trucks and two vans. NHTSA claims the list represents about 81 percent of the 2012 model year ...

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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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    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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    Video: Moto Merry-Go-Round yields both disaster and hilarity
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    Motorcycle-powered merry-go-round – click above to watch the video after the jump
    Say you and three of your closest buddies find yourselves out for a leisurely Sunday cruise on your motorbikes, when you stumble upon the old schoolyard merry-go-round. Following an intense session of ...

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    2011 Chevrolet Cruze: A Safety Story [w/video]
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    2011 Chevrolet Cruze Crash Testing - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Over the course of Bob Lutz' tenure at General Motors, one of his major goals was globalizing the production process. As Lutz tells it, the Pontiac GTO was the first global vehicle born of his labors, with development ...

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    Pole Dance: NHTSA to add new side-impact crash test? [w/VIDEO]
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    NHTSA side-impact pole test – click above to watch the video
    Not satisfied with cars that manage crash forces well enough to avoid spilling your drink, and engines that run so clean they'll barely asphyxiate ants, a new crash test is reportedly coming in the works from the National Highway ...

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    5 Stars for '09 Ford F-150
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    Ford's 2009 F-150 has garnered five-star government crash ratings and a "Top Safety Pick" award from the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS), which Ford says makes its newly redesigned full-sizer the safest out there. Vehicle safety is still largely a question of the loose nut behind the ...

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    IIHS praises Ford Focus for cheap crash repairs
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    click above image to view high-res gallery of the 2008 Ford Focus SES Coupe
    Reminding us once again that there's more than meets the eye when shopping for a vehicle are recent impact tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that measure how much it costs to fix a vehicle after ...

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    VIDEO: Fiat 500 vs. Audi Q7, guess who wins
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    Click above to view the video after the jump Small, fuel efficient vehicles are all the rage right now, and many SUV owners are willing to do just about anything to get out of their gas guzzling transportation. Problem is, if you do get a new MINI or Yaris, you still have to drive it out into the ...

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    IIHS releases official results on the smart fortwo
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the smart fortwo crash tests.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has finally released its official data on the smart fortwo, and it appears that the lil' urban runabout held its own during the IIHS' tests. The fortwo racked up a rating of "good" ...

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    IIHS midsize smack down: Side impact ratings better, rear crashes, not so much
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just wrapped up its latest battery of batterings and most of the tested contenders in the mid-size segment faired well. The Dodge Avenger and Chrysler Sebring, along with the Infiniti G35, Nissan Altima, Chevrolet Malibu, Saturn Aura, Mitsubishi Galant and ...

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    New York '08 Preview: Ford featuring crash-tested Taurus
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    Click above to view high-res gallery of crash-tested Ford TaurusFord has been very quiet about what it will have onstage at the New York Auto Show tomorrow, but one vehicle we do know that will be under the lights is the Ford Taurus. While there will certainly be a number of Taurus models waxed, ...

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    VIDEO: Hyundai Genesis hits the wall hard for crash test
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    The Hyundai Genesis has just finished shooting its close-up. Shot in what looks like ABC Super Slo Mo, you get a pretty good idea of how you'll fare in a Genesis should you encounter another large object at speed. During the frontal impact test the passenger cabin remained virtually unaffected, and ...

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    NHTSA head says crash standards should be higher
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    Nicole Nason, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), maintains that the crash standards that have been on the books since 1973 are due for a revision. Recognizing the 9 out of 10 vehicles routinely score either four- or five-stars on the administration's tests, she's ...

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    Consumer Reports debuts crash-in theater
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    Oh how we all love a good car crash, but finding good, slow-motion automotive carnage on the Web hasn't been all that easy to find. Until now. Consumer Reports has put hours of crash-test video from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety online, free for anyone to see.We've already lost hours ...

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    IIHS crashes convertibles too! Saab 9-3, Volvo C70 earn top ratings
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just wrapped up its own version of a clinical demolition derby on some of the newest drop tops around, and when the airbag dust settled, the Saab 9-3 and the Volvo C70 earned the Institute's Top Safety Pick award. Both vehicles scored "good" in ...

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    Hyundai Azera proves crashworthiness to IIHS - earns "Good"
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the new 2006 Hyundai Azera a frontal offset impact rating of “Good”, the organization’s best rating for crashworthiness. Like many a Hyundai, the Azera’s virtually a padded room on wheels with Electronic Stability Control, ...

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    Insurance Institute for Highway Safety alters crash test practices
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has altered its testing policy for frontal offset crashes, allowing automakers of top-rated vehicles to submit test data to verify before the institute issues a rating. Nine vehicles for 2006, including the Buick Lucerne (pictured), Hyundai Azera, ...

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