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« on: October 22, 2010, 11:39:45 am »

http://www.anciracommunity.com/profiles/blogs/safest-2010-cars-and-trucks

ARLINGTON, VA — 27 winners of 2010 TOP SAFETY PICK award; new requirement to win is good rating for protection in rollovers... Listed below are the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Picks for 2010.

19 cars and 8 SUVs earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award for 2010. For the first time, good performance in a roof strength test to measure protection in a rollover is required to win. Top Safety Pick recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rear, and now rollover crashes based on good ratings in Institute tests. Winners also must have electronic stability control, which research shows significantly reduces crash risk. This is the second time the Institute has tightened criteria since announcing the first recipients in 2005.

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Ford and its subsidiary, Volvo, won six awards, compared with Volkswagen's and Audi's five, and Chrylser's four. Although not directly correlated this increasing superiority in safety engineering is supported by recent market share improvements for Ford, VW and Chrysler group brands.

Subaru was the only car manufacturer to have winners in all four classes in which it competes. Subaru built vehicles won five awards overall for 2010.

Cars from the largest automakers, however, were noticeably absent. A news release issued by the Insurance Institute noted that while Toyota and its Lexus and Scion subsidiaries did well in 2009 with 11 award winners, they were completely shut out this year. Toyota built vehicles are increasingly rated as deficient in safety and quality related areas, which many experts see as the result of Toyota's continuous cost reductions in manufacturing.

And the new Honda Accord didn't measure up in terms of roof strength ratings after two years of being named a Top Safety Pick. The Ford Fusion, the institute noted, was dropped from the list for the same reason.

The popular Toyota Camry would have earned a Top Safety Pick spot, according to the institute, if its seats and head restraints, which protect against whiplash, had rated good instead of marginal. This deficiency is indicative of the problems that Toyota has had during the past 2 to 4 years with increasing product quality defects and may be indicative of cost reduction efforts at Toyota.

The 27 winners, by category, are:

Large cars:
1. Buick LaCrosse
2. Ford Taurus
3. Lincoln MKS
4. Volvo S80

Midsize cars:
1. Audi A3
2. Chevrolet Malibu built after October 2009
3. Chrysler Sebring 4-door with optional electronic stability control
4. Dodge Avenger with optional electronic stability control
5. Mercedes C class
6. Subaru Legacy
7. Subaru Outback

8. Volkswagen Jetta sedan
9. Volkswagen Passat sedan
10. Volvo C30

Small cars:
1. Honda Civic 4-door models (except Si) with optional electronic stability control
2. Kia Soul
3. Nissan Cube
4. Subaru Impreza except WRX
5. Volkswagen Golf 4-door

Midsize SUVs:
1. Dodge Journey
2. Subaru Tribeca
3. Volvo XC60
4. Volvo XC90

Small SUVs:
1. Honda Element
2. Jeep Patriot with optional side torso airbags
3. Subaru Forester
4. Volkswagen Tiguan

SOURCES: ABC News, USA Today and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2010, 03:23:21 pm »

I don't get the except WRX thing?
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2010, 08:24:47 pm »

I don't get the except WRX thing?

I noticed that too  wacko
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