The Nissan Titan has improved its score in the driver’s side small overlap crash test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Titans built after August 2017 earn a “Good” rating in the test, while the previous model received a “Marginal” score.The improved score is the result of changes Nissan made to the truck’s front-end structure. In the test, the driver’s space was well maintained after the crash, with a maximum intrusion of 7 inches at the lower door-hinge pillar. IIHS says a real life crash of this severity may result in injuries to the left lower leg. When the old model was tested, the driver’s space was not well maintained with an intrusion of 11 inches, IIHS says, and the crash would likely result in injuries to the left lower leg and possibly the left foot and right lower leg.Introduced in 2012, the driver’s side small overlap test replicates what happens when the front left corner of the vehicle hits … [Read more...] about Nissan Titan Improves Score in Small Overlap Crash Test
If General Motors struck gold by reviving the Colorado and Canyon midsize pickups four years ago, then Ford had better hope that mine isn't tapped out by the time the Ranger reaches dealerships early next year.The segment exploded in popularity this decade — it has surged 78 percent since 2014 — but that growth appears to be running out of steam. Last year's U.S. sales of 452,335 midsize pickups were less than 1 percent more than the year prior, and IHS Markit doesn't expect the segment to top 480,000 sales through 2025."Ford is late to the party," Michelle Krebs, senior analyst for Autotrader, said in an interview. "The question is: Is there room for yet another entry, or has the growth in that segment peaked? It's quite possible that it has."Still, Ford believes next year is the right time to resurrect the Ranger nameplate, which was discontinued for U.S. buyers in 2011 while remaining in many global markets. Officials are positioning the pickup as a lifestyle vehicle … [Read more...] about Can the Ford Ranger crash Chevy’s small truck party?
It’s easy to take road safety for granted these days. We like to think that engineers have designed our roadways to take every possible eventuality into account. However, there are some hazards that are simply difficult to predict, and even harder to adapt to. This fact became tragically profound on the morning of December 11, 1990. The day started just like any other for people driving along the stretch of Interstate 75 near Calhoun, Tennessee. Although that stretch of highway had a reputation for being prone to accidents, conscientious commuters didn’t see anything that would cause concern. That would change at approximately 9:10 AM, when fog began to blanket the freeway. Although regular commuters were used to occasional fog near the Hiawassee River, this fog was different. It was so thick that anyone caught in it was literally driving blind. Drivers couldn’t see what they were about to hit, let alone be able to react to it while going 70mph. The 99-car … [Read more...] about That Time A Paper Mill Was Blamed For A Massive Highway Crash
IIHS Top Safety Pick rating, the Volvo XC60 underwent crash testing by Euro NCAP, and has proven it's extremely safe no matter what organization is testing it. The crossover SUV, which we would consider a midsize in the United States, was named the safest "Large Off-Roader" by the organization. This was because the Volvo had higher ratings in Euro NCAP's four categories of safety (adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection, and safety assist) than any other vehicle in its model-year and class tested by Euro NCAP.The most impressive of the XC60's scores was in adult occupant protection. It managed a nearly perfect 98 percent. Interestingly, the next closest scorer in the class and year was the Alfa Romeo Stelvio with 97 percent. The second-highest score for the Volvo was in safety assist with 95 percent, which Volvo notes was a full 20 percent higher than the next best crossover in the class from the Volvo's model year. The child occupant rating was 87 … [Read more...] about Volvo XC60 gets near-perfect score in European crash test category
Panoramic sunroofs: automakers love ‘em (or at least the premiums they bring), which is why they’re slapping them on everything from entry-level cars to luxury SUVs, and despite their often hefty price tags, buyers love ‘em, because they help give even claustrophobic interiors a bright, airy feel.But they aren’t without drawbacks. For one, all that glass is heavy in an era when engineers are trying to shave off fractions of an ounce here and there -- and what’s more, the extra weight is way high up in the car (exactly where you don’t want it to be if you’re trying to keep that center of gravity low). Then there’s the additional cost and complexity of a retractable hardtop’s servos and motors and whatnot.Oh, and you might also launch out of the top of the car in a rollover, which international regulatory bodies generally agree is Not a Good Thing.To solve the tiny little problem of driver and passenger ejection, Hyundai is testing a … [Read more...] about Hyundai’s new airbags might stop you from launching out of your panoramic sunroof in a crash