Monday, December 24, 2012

Family saloons to luxury cars in crash tests

Family saloons to luxury cars in crash tests

Paul A. Eisenstein, the Detroit Bureau
Only two of the 18 medium-sized family cars earned "good" ratings in the new frontal crash test Insurance Institute of highway safety, and one of those is soon the market left.

The 2013 Honda Accord and Suzuki Kizashi were just good grades earn a further 11 as "acceptable" established medium-sized sedans with the IIHS rating models.

In the category "Poor", the industry-funded organization reported insurance, recently revised, Camry and the new Prius V landed two cars from Toyota. The hybrid model of "sustained major structural damage in the test," revealed the IIHS in a new version.

Toyota responds to IIHS results with a statement saying, "regular, heavy or special tests that exceed federal requirements developed Insurance Institute for highway safety (IIHS). With this new test, the Institute has again raised the bar, and we respond to the challenge. "We values the new test protocols and can say that there is no uniform solution more crash performance in this area to reach."

Totals may not impressive, even better the family limousine actually as a mid-sized luxury and in the vicinity of luxury models previously tested by the Institute of IIHS President Adrian Lund noted.

"It is worth noting, Lund said, adding that" the difference is stunning. "Thirteen of these midsize cars offer better protection of the crash than all but three of their colleagues luxury and at a price that the purse is easier."

This was the first time the IIHS established limousine, laid by his strict new small overlap test had, what happens to simulate when a car another vehicle or object on the roadside as a telephone pole or tree meets. Security experts say that the test reflected a significant number of real-world crashes and probably more representative than some older barrier tests, what happened.

"The impacts in these tests is as damage can see we in the real world where crashes are head and chest hurt," noted the head of the IIHS.

Industry engineers say that the new test is still a particularly difficult challenge - sets, especially as the most modern vehicles is not intentionally designed to achieve the new objective - where only 25 percent of the front of the car on the driver's side in a 5-foot-high barrier at 40 miles per hour is dangers.

"The Camry and Prius V what can go wrong in a crash of the small overlap, in spite of good reviews in (other) IIHS tests show" cautioned the trade group.

Researchers found that there virtually no crash structure, to the energy of the impact, so remove the wheel most of the hit, what "high levels of occupant compartment penetrate."

Lund stressed that "Toyota's engineers have a lot of work to do to match the performance of its competitors."

In contrast, the accord and the Kizashi were the Stand-Outs in the test. The Honda sedan went on sale recently but the Suzuki model is becoming increasingly difficult to find as the Japanese manufacturer has decided to get out of the American market in the months ahead.

Now qualify the two Japanese models for the IIHS "top safety pick +" award. The accord will qualify in his Coupe and sedan configurations.

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Total currently only 13 models is qualify. To achieve this level, a vehicle must first achieve a good rating in four of the five other tests (and an acceptable in the other test), including moderate overlap frontal crash and side-impact and rollover. The vehicle must then be acceptable or good in the new small overlap test result.

The winners are so far: the Dodge Avenger and its sister model, the Chrysler 200 4-door; Ford Fusion; Honda Accord 2 doors; Honda Accord 4-door; KIA Magentis; Nissan Altima 4 door; Subaru legacy and its sister model, the Subaru Outback; Suzuki Kizashi and VW Passat.

Only two luxury models qualify so far tested: the Acura TL and the Volvo S60.

A further 117 vehicles earn the less demanding "top safety pick" honor, in some cases, because they have not yet undergone on the tough new crash-test.

Together with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which sets commissioned safety standards and running your own tests the IIHS had significant implications for vehicle design in recent years. And industry engineers say they have now to keep the new test in the eye.

"We have seen that car manufacturers make structural and restraint in response to our small overlap test changes", says Lund. "Five manufacturers to improve new mid-sized cars to small overlap crash protection."

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