I say “Whip It!”

What do the BMW 5-series, Buick Lacrosse and Lucerne, Cadillac CTS, STS and DTS, Infiniti M35 and the Jaguar X-Type all have in common?

They’re all amongst the cars most likely to leave you with a bad neck in the event of a rear-ender up to 20mph.

New IIHS test results for 2007 models have just been released. Those uppercrust brands above were found wanting in an area that’s one of the most common causes of motoring injuries. Once again the Saab 9-3 is amongst those with the top rating of ‘good’.

Of course, we all know this pretty well. We’ve been living with Saab safety for a long time now and it’s more than just a bonus for buying smart, it’s an expectation.

Here’s hoping that Saab USA promote it. And I wonder how long it’ll be before we see Caddy’s with Saab’s SAHR technology?

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And whilst I’m writing about SaabUSA, here’s nice arty pic of some downtime at the Saab stand at the New York Auto Show. From Flickr.

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  1. I cool part of this article is that the divide isn’t high end vs. low end (Hyundai, Kia and Chevy have models in the ‘good’ category), it’s that it is good engineering vs. careless engineering. Good engineering isn’t costly, it’s just good. This is one of my all-time pet peeves: if you’re going to build something, it takes only high standards to make something of quality rather than something that isn’t going to work. Cost is a factor, but it’s just one factor.

    Additionally, since you linked to the article in the Syracuse, New York newspaper, I got a glimpse of the weather there today: 28 deg F (that’s -3 deg C) and snow! I was complaining about the fact that it’s chilly here today — 60 deg F (17 deg C) and sunny. Hmmm….. perhaps I shouldn’t complain after all.

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