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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: IIHS crowns Prius c and Malibu Eco Top Safety Picks [w/video]
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crowned two eco-friendly new models as Top Safety Picks: the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco and 2012 Toyota Prius c. The redesigned 2013 Malibu joins its 2012 model-mate as a Top Pick, and the 2013 earned a good side impact rating even without its ...

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    Report: GM prepares contingent ad campaign for more potential Volt backlash
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    General Motors has prepared an advertising campaign that would be launched in the event that more reports of Chevrolet Volt fires generate public interest or a Congressional hearing, USA Today reported, citing GM Chief Marketing Officer Joel Ewanick. The advertisements are "honest" and ...

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    Report: Chevy Volt battery fix may cost $1,000, will hang on to top IIHS rating
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    Spontaneous combustion concerns weeks after a crash may prompt General Motors to spend about $1,000 per Chevrolet Volt to fix, according to a report from Reuters. The proposed fixes, which would cost a total of $9 million, would likely include reinforcements around vulnerable areas of the car's ...

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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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    IIHS tests small car bumpers; is safety compromised by size?
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    IIHS small car bumper crash tests – Click above for high-res image gallery
    As you're likely aware, all cars sold in America must pass strict federal guidelines, and those regulations include specific bumper heights. What you may not know, however, is that trucks and SUVs aren't required to ...

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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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    Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan hybrids earn IIHS "Top Safety Pick"
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    2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery
    As you line up your "want" list of new cars to replace that old jalopy, we think that safety should really be priority number one, with efficiency a close second. Finding a safe vehicle is actually quite easy, you simply ...

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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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    REPORT: IIHS concerned with growing popularity of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles
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    Polaris Breeze NEV - Click above to enlarge
    According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is concerned with the growing popularity of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles. Specifically, the IIHS worries that these vehicles are increasingly being allowed ...

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    Second edition smart ed will go into series production in November
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    smart ed - Click above for high res image gallery
    Daimler announced back in June that the smart ed was "ready for small series production," but the only date given was that the cars would come to the UK in "early 2010." Today, we learn that the first production second-generation smart eds will ...

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    2010 Prius, Insight and Soul earn IIHS Top Safety Pick awards
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    IIHS 2010 small car crash tests - Click above for high-res image gallery
    News comes today by way of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that the 2010 Kia Soul, Toyota Prius and Honda Insight have all earned the group's coveted Top Safety Pick Award. That means each of the three vehicles ...

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    REPORT: Tata Nano passes European crash testing
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    2009 Tato Nano - Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Tata Nano, the diminutive Indian four-door econobox rumored to eventually arrive in U.S. showrooms, has reportedly passed current European impact testing. According to Autocar, the offset front and side impact tests took place at the ...

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    Charles Hurley, Obama's NHTSA nominee, has CAFE questions to answer
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    The nomination of a new NHTSA administrator might seem like an event that would elicit little controversy, but when President Obama picked Chuck Hurley to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the rumbles began. In the White House announcement, Hurley's work with Mothers Against ...

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    Smart USA responds to IIHS crash test results
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    IIHS crash tests – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Needless to say, the folks over at Smart USA were not pleased to see the results of the latest batch of crash testing from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. IIHS did a series of frontal offset crash tests between small and ...

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    Economy cars, Prius score poorly in IIHS crash tests
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    There is a lot of stuff that needs to be considered when purchasing a car for its economy. Obviously, being AutoblogGreen and all, we are concerned with fuel efficiency. Still, a car's mileage or how green it actually may be aren't the only things to consider when it comes to choosing your next ...

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    Hafei Saibao EV passes crash test; good news for Miles' XS500
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    Sometimes a tiny nugget of information with sizable implications can slip by in the truckloads of news we sift through everyday. Just yesterday, for instance, there was a small mention in the China Real News of an "high-speed Hafei Saibao electric car" passing an Insurance Institute for Highway ...

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    Smart ForTwo aces Insurance Institute crash test W/Video
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    One of the biggest questions to consider with tiny cars like the Smart ForTwo is what happens in a crash? The Smart is only eight and a half feet long. The first generation Smart has been tested numerous times over the years and always done reasonably well especially in comparison to other really ...

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    Crash test video: Toyota Prius
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    Despite its diminutive size, the Toyota Prius gets high ratings for its protection of occupants in crash tests. In NHTSA tests, the popular hybrid scores four stars in every category except one in which it earns the top rating of five stars. In IIHS testing, the Prius gets the highest rating, ...

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    Gas mizers flunk crash tests
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    Subcompact cars that offer great fuel economy and low price points didn't fare well in IIHS crash tests. The Nissan Versa did receive the institute's top rating but officials say none of the cars tested provided stellar protection. The Toyota Yaris not equipped with side air bags and the Scion xB ...

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