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      05-21-2012, 08:56 AM   #1
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All-New BMW 3 Series Sedan Earns “Top Safety Pick” from IIHS

21.05.2012

Newest sports sedan continues BMW long tradition of class-leading safety


Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 21, 2012 10:00am EDT … The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety today named the all-new 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan a “Top Safety Pick”, continuing the company’s long-standing commitment to offering class-leading safety with each new model. In order to earn “Top Safety Pick”, a car must receive a rating of “good”, the Institute’s highest rating, in all of four tests – 40 mph frontal offset impact, side impact, rear impact protection/head restraint and rollover protection – and must be equipped an electronic stability control system like BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control.

“The new 3 Series is a testament to BMW’s long tradition of passenger safety as well as to the men and women who engineer and build them,” noted Tom Baloga – Vice-President, Engineering (US) for BMW. “While we remain committed to providing the best possible passenger protection, we believe that the best crash is the one avoided. The new 3 Series offers even more active safety technology, firmly rooted in the dynamics and handling that have made it the quintessential sports sedan through six generations.”

The newest crash test being conducted by the Institute as part of its overall evaluation is the rollover protection test. Rollover ratings assess vehicle roof strength for protection in rollover crashes. To measure roof strength, a metal plate is pushed against one corner of a vehicle’s roof at a constant speed. The maximum force sustained by the roof before 5 inches of crush is compared to the vehicle’s weight to find the strength-to-weight ratio.

The Institute believes that electronic stability control is so beneficial that, in order to be deemed a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must have it. BMW introduced Dynamic Stability Control for the 1995 model year and made it standard on every model sold in the US beginning in 2000.

In addition to Dynamic Stability Control, ABS brakes, Bluetooth mobile phone integration, front and side airbags and head protection airbags, the new 3 Series sedan makes available features previously introduced on higher-end models. These include a full-color Head-up Display, Lane Departure Warning, Rearview Camera with Top-View and Blind-Spot Warning.

Models equipped with BMW AssistTM also receive BMW’s industry-leading enhanced Automatic Collision Notification, developed in cooperation with the late Dr. Jeffrey Augenstein and the William Lehman Injury Research Center. In the event of a collision severe enough to cause an airbag deployment, BMW Assist with eACN uses an algorithm developed in cooperation with WLIRC to use data from the vehicle’s crash sensors to assess the risk of severe injury. That assessment is transmitted to the call center, along with the vehicle’s location, providing first responders with information that will better prepared them, potentially saving precious minutes when they arrive on an accident scene.


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      05-21-2012, 09:28 AM   #2
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New 3 series named IIHS top pick!

http://www.iihs.org/

Pretty good news! i was curious when the IIHS would get around to testing it. Fantastic.
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      05-21-2012, 10:00 AM   #3
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I would hope it's safe for how heavy it is.

over 3400 pounds for a 328i

sheesh
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now i feel safer
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I would hope it's safe for how heavy it is.

over 3400 pounds for a 328i

sheesh
well, you could be an a4 2.0t with quattro and pushing 3800 lbs....
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There is a lot more that goes into it than weight.
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I would hope it's safe for how heavy it is.

over 3400 pounds for a 328i

sheesh
Nice backhand..

I love how even hearing great news, there are folks on this board that just HAVE TO complain ... Still love you Stamp...

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safe sounds good to me
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Cool. Now somebody go run into something and let me know how it does in real life!
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That's nice to hear, but let's put it in perspective. Looking at 2011, the IIHS releases about 90 "top picks" cars per year. So the BMW 3 series is perhaps 1 of 90 cars to receive the award, alongside the likes of Chevrolet and Hyundai.

Now if you were to tell me the 3 series was the best scoring model and voted IIHS car of the decade, that would be another story.

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That's nice to hear, but let's put it in persepective. They release about 4 top picks about every month. That equals about 48 cars per year. So the BMW 3 series is perhaps 1 of 48 cars to receive the award, alongside the likes of Chevrolet and Hyundai.

Now if you were to tell me the 3 series was the best scoring model and voted IIHS car of the decade, that would be another story.
Safety is not a competition. It's a relative measure to the threats the car is subjected to. If it's a top pick, it means the survivability of a crash is pretty much as high as it gets.. It's a good thing Hyundai's get top picks too. Should wealthy people only survive a crash?

Why does everything have to boil down to whippin' the BMW shlongs out and proving it's bigger than any other manufacturers? Be happy you drive a safe car.
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Just saying it's not as big as deal as some people make it out to be. In order for any award to have merit, you have to look at the statistics.
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lol, the 3 and every other car on the market
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There is a lot more that goes into it than weight.
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Cool. Now somebody go run into something and let me know how it does in real life!
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this test is no sense.
probably only an idiot can believe that this is an useful test. a static test on a car is the most ridiculous things never heard
these stupid things are overcharged on the prices of the cars that we bought. and considering that peoples are payed to make these test, is incredible that nobody tell something that with our taxes we pay these people.
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damn it, feel bad for the wasted car.
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damn it, feel bad for the wasted car.
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damn it, feel bad for the wasted car.
me too, is there any other way to do this?
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this test is no sense.
probably only an idiot can believe that this is an useful test. a static test on a car is the most ridiculous things never heard
these stupid things are overcharged on the prices of the cars that we bought. and considering that peoples are payed to make these test, is incredible that nobody tell something that with our taxes we pay these people.
OK, so enlighten us genius on the best method to determine the safety of a car in a crash? Considering by your definition, I'm an "idiot".

Perhaps you'd like to volunteer for "live" tests instead if these "ridiculous" "static" tests? Either way, I can't wait to hear about your extensive experience as an automotive Engineer, and/or the thesis you wrote for your PHd on the subject.
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