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    Video: Tesla Model S scores 5 stars in Euro NCAP crash test
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    If you've been aching to see more Tesla Model S crash test videos, it's your lucky day. The European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) safety agency has announced that the EV scored a 5-star safety rating in a new battery of tests. And it released the video footage for you to "enjoy," which ...

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    Official: Chevy Volt 'acceptable,' Nissan Leaf 'poor' in new IIHS safety tests
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    Ford C-Max Hybrid also scored "acceptable" rating. With US Nissan Leaf sales up almost 30 percent during the first half of the year, the only thing that might be able to stop the battery-electric vehicle is a good, stiff barrier. Unfortunately, thing's aren't always pretty when that happens ...

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    Official: 2014 Toyota Prius crash test rating drops to four stars
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    If nothing has changed, then how come something changed? That's the question behind the recent drop from five to four stars in the crash test rating for the Toyota Prius. As you can see on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, the 2014 Prius gets four stars overall ...

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    Official: Tesla says NHTSA says Model S remains safe
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    Tesla Motors continues to insist that the Model S is an extremely safe vehicle, and is re-citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as evidence. Dogged by a handful of car fires during the past few months, Tesla says NHTSA is reaffirming the Model S's five-star safety ...

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    Official: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV aces Euro crash tests
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    Mitsubishi may have faced some pesky little battery-fire issues with its Outlander Plug-in Hybrid earlier this year in Japan, but as far as Europeans are concerned, the SUV is pretty darn safe. The Japanese automaker says the Outlander PHEV just received the highest-possible five-star rating by ...

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    Video: Smart Fortwo ED crashes into four-star rating
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    It may be small, but the 2013 Smart Fortwo ED recently managed to score four stars overall in new National Highway Traffic Safety Association tests. That score includes four stars in the Frontal Barrier Crash, four in the Rollover test and five in the Side Barrier test, showing that Daimler's ...

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    Video: Tesla Model S scores five stars in NHTSA crash tests [w/video]
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    Tesla Motors is having a good week. Right after the California-based maker of the Model S electric vehicle reported better than expected earnings and vehicle-production numbers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) let it be known that the Model S received five-star ...

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    Official: 2013 Nissan Leaf named 'Top Safety Pick' in IIHS crash tests
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    Life can be good in a 2013 Nissan Leaf, even when you're crashing one. The all-electric five-seater from Nissan, which is enjoying surging sales this year, has now received the top safety rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Leaf joined the Nissan Altima and Infiniti ...

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    Official: Ford Focus Electric gets five-star overall crash-test rating from NHTSA
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    The Ford Focus Electric received the highest possible crash-test rating from the federal government, giving Ford another reason to pitch its first all-electric production vehicle to US customers. The Focus EV received a five-star overall score from the National Highway Traffic Safety ...

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    Chevy Volt battery may be redesigned for improved safety
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    In the wake of a post-accident fire at a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration facility and with a safety probe underway, GM is considering a redesign of the battery used in the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt. GM Chief Executive Dan Akerson has said he is open the possibility of redesigning ...

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    Video: Volvo crashes V60 Plug-in Hybrid
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    Volvo vehicles keep occupants safe. That's the message the Swedish automaker has pitched for decades now and that sentiment hasn't changed a bit with the introduction of Volvo's electrified vehicles. First, Volvo showed us that its electric-only C30 DRIVe fared exceptionally well in crash tests ...

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    2011 Chevrolet Aveo (Sonic) nabs 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating [w/video]
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    The 2011 Chevrolet Aveo hatchback, to be sold in North America as the Chevy Sonic starting this fall, has received a five-star safety rating from the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP). According to NCAP, the Aveo hatchback scored 85 out of 100 points, which places it among the top ...

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    Nissan Leaf earns 5-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests [w/video]
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    The five-door mid-size electric hatchback Nissan Leaf has achieved a five-star overall crash test rating from the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP), becoming the first plug-in vehicle to receive five stars from NCAP. Euro NCAP tests vehicles in frontal impact, side impact, side ...

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    Video: Crash testing the Volvo FE Hybrid
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    Before Volvo releases a vehicle, whether it be a passenger sedan or a heavy-duty hybrid truck, the automaker always subjects it to a rigorous set of crash tests. Well, the Volvo FE Hybrid is no exception. With its 1,274-pound battery pack fitted in a position that seems vulnerable, the Volvo FE ...

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    Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf earn Top Safety Picks in first IIHS electric vehicle crash tests
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    Volvo may be working to make sure its C30 Electric offers a completely safe ride when it arrives later this year, but both Chevrolet and Nissan can already say they have earned the highest safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In IIHS' first mainstream plug-in vehicle ...

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    Mitsubishi i-MiEV crash tested by NCAP, earns 4-star rating [w/video]
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    Euro NCAP crash test of Mitsubishi i-MiEV – Click above to watch video after the jump
    Since its launch in Japan in July of 2009, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV has emerged as one of the best-selling electric vehicles (EVs) on the market. That's probably why it's now available in 15 European ...

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    Gordon Murray's T.27 gets crash tested, passes with flying colors
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    Gordon Murray T.27 crash testing – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Gordon Murray's groundbreaking T.27, the electric version of his T.25 city car, is one step closer to production now that it has officially passed its first phase of crash testing. It's always slightly depressing to ...

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    Mitsubishi i-MiEV submits to its crash test fate [w/video]
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    Mitsubishi i-MiEV crash test – Click above to watch video after the jump
    We've witnessed the type of carnage that can occur during a crash test and how the overall safety of some small cars – for example, the Indian-built G-Wiz – is questionable. For some people, these fears ...

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    Ford Fiesta demonstrates that smaller can still be safe
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    2011 Ford Fiesta offset barrier crash test – Click above for high-res image gallery
    One of the long-time knocks against small cars has been that they sacrifice safety for efficiency. However, modern crash simulation and testing technology, as well as material science, is making that ...

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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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