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Audi’s 2015 A3 and S3 sedans, offering a mix of diesel, turbocharged and gasoline engines, have earned a 5-Star overall crash safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program. This New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) rating is the highest crash test rating currently available, being added to IIHS Top […]

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The redesigned 2015 Jetta has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ when equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning system. The 2015 Jetta is currently on sale in U.S. dealerships and offers three gasoline engines, a TDI Clean Diesel, and a hybrid powertrain. These Jetta models offer a […]

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Thinking about a new $13,000-and-up Smart car but wondering about that all-important safety aspect? Daimler made a point by running the diminutive redesigned city car head-on into the head-of-state worthy S-Class weighing double, and with much less doubt of its crashworthiness. The in-house test actually kind of emulated the tough small-overlap test the U.S. Insurance […]

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In November HybridCars.com interviewed safety experts about Tesla’s underside armor who suggested strengthening would be advisable following two U.S. fires, and today CEO Elon Musk said Tesla has done just that. And, the federal government dropped its investigation of battery fires, a seemingly independent decision but with murkiness as to what was said between Tesla […]

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The 2014 Soul, Kia Motors America’s (KMA) urban passenger vehicle, has earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 5-Star overall safety rating. This bodes well for the electric version of the Soul currently being developed and slated for a U.S. launch in the second half of 2014. As previously reported, the Korean automaker is […]

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Citing needs to correct unbalanced media reports and overblown public perceptions, Tesla Chairman Elon Musk has announced corrective measures to the Model S and that Tesla has requested the hastening of a federal investigation into the car. Today the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it has opened a formal investigation on 2013 Model […]

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Tesla’s Model S sedan has wowed reviewers, aced crash tests, invoked great admiration from fans, but within five weeks two remarkably similar encounters with road debris in Washington and Tennessee resulted in serious fires. Whether the Oct. 2 and Nov. 6 incidents will prompt a recall is still being determined, but according to the executive […]

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Subaru’s 2014 Impreza and XV Crosstrek models, including the hybrid, earned a 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award for good performance in each of the Institute’s crashworthiness evaluations, including the small overlap front test. These ratings apply to both 4- and 5-door body styles of the Impreza, excluding WRX/STI, and all XV Crosstrek variations, conventionally-powered […]

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Toyota Motor Corporation announced yesterday, October 10, that it has developed a Pre-collision System (PCS) that uses automatic steering in addition to increased pre-collision braking force and automatic braking to help prevent collisions with pedestrians. This announcement comes a couple of days after Law Firm of McCuneWright, LLP, announced the filing of a nationwide class […]

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Chinese cars have had a bad reputation when it comes to safety, but this could quickly turn as a first car from a brand headquartered in China achieved a five stars safety rating. Qoros’ first production vehicle, the compact (C-segment) Qoros 3 Sedan, has been awarded the maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP (New […]

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