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      08-14-2012, 01:24 AM   #1
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F30 3 series performs 'marginally' in new IIHS crash safety tests

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A new crash test that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says is far more realistic than its outgoing frontal offset test has proven challenging for the nearly one dozen entry-level luxury sedans the agency tested.

Only the Volvo S60 and the Acura TL earned top marks in the small overlap test, which sees 25 percent of the tested vehicle’s front end striking a 5-foot tall rigid barrier at 40 mph. IIHS says that the test is designed to simulate “what happens when the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole” rather than against a deformable offset object as current tests do.

According to the institute’s research, the new crash test simulates about a quarter of all real-world accidents. IIHS won’t be abandoning the current crash test style, but it will use the new small overlap test as an additional measurement of vehicle safety and structural crashworthiness.

The Infiniti G received an acceptable rating, while the Acura TSX, BMW 3-Series, Lincoln MKZ and Volkswagen CC all earned a marginal grade. The Audi A4, Lexus ES, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class ranked at the bottom of the segment with the agency’s lowest rating: Poor. All 11 tested vehicles are 2012 models, although only the Lexus ES and Lincoln MKZ see significant changes for 2013.

IIHS has told Leftlane in the past that it considers marginal and poor to be essentially failing grades, and it is even critical of vehicles that achieve acceptable scores. The new test scores will be factored into its Top Safety Pick award, which requires vehicles to receive Good scores in every single test. Only the S60 and TL, among the 11 entry-luxury cars tested, will qualify for 2013. -
On a positive note, the F30 fared better than both the Audi A4 & Merc C class which scored "poor".
The volvo s60 scored "good"... guess they are still built "like a brick".

Explanation of the new crash test standards

F30 crash test results

F30 328i Sportsline

Last edited by Ectopic; 08-14-2012 at 02:19 AM.