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Toyota RAV4 Fails Small Overlap Test

Toyota RAV4 Fails Small Overlap Test

Jul 12 2013, 12:00pm CDT | by

Toyota's small SUV receives a "poor" rating

If you've ever shopped for a vehicle or check crash ratings on a vehicle you thinking about buying, you be familiar with the star system that the Insurance Institute for Highly Safety uses to rate...

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Toyota RAV4 Fails Small Overlap Test

Jul 12 2013, 12:00pm CDT | by

Toyota's small SUV receives a "poor" rating

If you've ever shopped for a vehicle or check crash ratings on a vehicle you thinking about buying, you be familiar with the star system that the Insurance Institute for Highly Safety uses to rate crashworthiness of vehicles. Recently the Insurance Institute tested the new 2013 RAV4 for its front small overlap crash test. The results weren't good.

The vehicle received a poor ranking in the test but scored "good" overall. This small overlap test is said to be particularly demanding because many automotive manufacturers aren't designing vehicles to stand up to this sort of impact. The small overlap test is designed to mimic a vehicle coming in contact with something like a pole or tree.

The test simulates a small impact that is 25% of the overall width of the front of the vehicle. The test has a vehicle crash into a five-foot high barrier on the driver side at 40 mph. This test was added to the testing battery last year.

 
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VW closes global sales gap with Toyota in race for No. 1

Oct 29 2014 5:23am CDT | Source: Automotive News

VW Group has narrowed its global sales gap with market leader Toyota as the world's two largest automakers enter the fourth quarter in a tight race for the industry's top spot. VW Group trailed Toyota by 72,000 vehic ...
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Fiat-Chrysler Quality Chief Resigns One Day After Terrible Consumer Reports Rankings

Oct 28 2014 3:10pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

The New York Times reports that Doug Betts, Fiat-Chrysler quality chief, abruptly abandoned his post this morning. The company, where Betts worked for the past seven years, occupied the very bottom of Consumer Reports magazine’s annual rankings released yesterday, with Fiat, Jeep, Ram, and Dodge taking the bottom four slots and Chrysler nabbing number 22 on the list of 28. Betts, whose official title was senior vice presid ...
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Toyota Reveals Sienna, Tundra, Yaris Performance Concepts For SEMA

Oct 28 2014 2:00pm CDT | Source: Motor Authority

Carmakers are busily unveiling modified concept vehicles for the 2014 SEMA show, and Toyota is no different. The Japanese brand says it's emphasizing performance this year, even though two of the vehicles it plans to show are minivans. The pair of modified 2015 Sienna people ha ...
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Rumormill: Does Scion's LA concept presage a US Auris?

Oct 28 2014 1:09pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Concept Cars, Wagon, Hatchback, Scion, Toyota When the doors open at the LA Auto Show in a few weeks, Scion will be on hand to showcase its new iM Concept. But considering what little Toyota's youthful brand has revealed about the concept so far, it's led to rampant speculation. And the prevailing wisdom seems to point towards a production iM arriving as a Scion-badged version of the Toyota Auris. For those unfamiliar, the Auris is to European (and other) markets essen ...
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It’s Mine: 1968 Triumph TR250

Oct 28 2014 12:47pm CDT | Source: Driving Canada

There are a lot of pitfalls in the collector car world. The trick is to know what car you want and to be patient until the right one comes along. That’s a summary of how Shawn Morton came to be the happy owner of a 1968 Triumph TR250. According to Shawn, he was bitten early by what he calls, ‘the British bug.’ His high school ride was a ’72 MGB and a favourite shop teacher who was keen on British Leyland automobiles just helped set the hook a little deeper. The 1968 Triumph TR250.Chris ...
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Featured: Meet the finalists for Autoblog's 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Oct 28 2014 12:32pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Hybrid, Sedan, Performance, SUV, Truck, Technology, Crossover, BMW, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Toyota, Electric, Diesel, Luxury, Ram Greetings from (cold and rainy) Petoskey, MI, where many Autoblog editors are testing 14 different cars and trucks that make up the finalists for this year's Technology of the Year Award. Our tech choices run the gamut from complete v ...
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Why GM’s Q3 Earnings Report May Not Be as Rosy as It Seems

Oct 28 2014 11:10am CDT | Source: Car and Driver

Weird as it may sound for an automaker that has recalled 34 million vehicles in nine months, General Motors is celebrating its third-quarter earnings report that notes bigger profits and a healthy wad of available cash. But hundreds of pending lawsuits and investigations against GM may pose a greater risk to the company’s bottom line than its latest report actually shows. First, the good news. GM ended the quarter with $1.4 billion in net income, a sevenfold increase ...
Source: Car and Driver   Full article at: Car and Driver
 

 
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Infiniti QX60

Oct 28 2014 10:52am CDT | Source: The Car Connection

The Infiniti QX60 is the large luxury crossover SUV that replaced the just-launched Infiniti JX for the 2014 model year. The QX60 has three rows of seating, a V-6 and an optional hybrid drivetrain, and available all-wheel drive. It's a rival for vehicles like the Volvo XC90, the Acura MDX, and the Toyota Highlander. MORE: Read our ...
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19 hours ago

Official: Toyota SEMA cars include Tundra for Baja and wacky DUB Edition Yaris

Oct 28 2014 10:03am CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Aftermarket, SEMA Show, Minivan/Van, SUV, Truck, Hatchback, Toyota, Off-Road Toyota has released the first images of its brigade of concepts for the 2014 SEMA Show, introducing a trio of TRD-fettled off-roaders, a pair of DUB-inspired models, a race-ready pickup and a Sienna minivan with 48 inches worth of subwoofers. Four of the vehicles being shown by Toyota will take part in the grueling Baja 1000 off-road race. The star of that effort will be a race-prepared Tundra, which ...
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22 hours ago

Toyota tops Consumer Reports' Reliability Rankings

Oct 28 2014 7:27am CDT | Source: I4U News: Cars

Toyota with its Lexus models has topped the list once again. It has been at the first and second positions for two years in a row. And the Consumer Report shows that among the least-liked vehicles ...
Source: I4U News: Cars   Full article at: I4U News: Cars
 

 

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