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Attendees this week at the SAE 2016 World Congress in Detroit have had the opportunity to take the Toyota i-ROAD on demonstration rides. Already in use in Tokyo and Toyota City, and Grenoble, France, the electric three-wheeler may be rolling out in California. It could make its U.S. debut in California cities where ridesharing and […]

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Adaptive headlights are set to be the next technology that sees widespread adoption thanks to new safety ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is developing a system for evaluating headlight performance which will require vehicles to receive a ‘good’ rating to be considered a Top Safety Pick Plus, the IIHS’s top safety rating. […]

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Installing a child seat my be tougher than you think in many of today’s vehicles. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released ease-of-use ratings for the LATCH systems found in new cars. Of the 102 vehicles tested, just three earned a “good” rating. Moving down the list, 44 vehicles managed a rating of […]

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Volvo’s crash avoidance technology, part of its future self-driving technology, contributed to the brands’ four models sold in America to gain the highest safety recognition. Four Volvo cars made the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+ grade in this year’s honors list: the S60, V60, S80 and XC60. Volvo Cars was the only […]

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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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Well, that didn’t take long. Mere hours after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released the results of its latest round of crash testing, it looks like Consumer Reports (CR) is piling on the bad news. Both the Mazda5 and — perhaps more relevant to us — the Nissan Leaf scored poorly during the […]

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The Chevrolet Volt came out of the IIHS’ recent round of small overlap front crash testing with an acceptable rating, something that can’t be said for its closest rival, the Nissan Leaf. “Driver space in the Volt was maintained reasonably well, and data taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of significant injuries,” said […]

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Mazda’s redesigned 2014 Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5 earned a “Top Safety Pick+” distinction from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). “A redesign is not simply a matter of changing a vehicle’s sheet metal draping but involves dramatically altering its insides, outsides and everything in between to make that vehicle not only look great but […]

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The 2014 Chevrolet Spark has been named a Top Safety Pick in its first year of eligibility. The Spark is also the only vehicle in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety minicar segment to earn the rating in 2014 model year testing. The small Chevy achieved highest possible “good” scores in the IIHS’s moderate overlap […]

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