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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: 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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