Luxury Cars Flunk New Tougher Crash Test

Mercedes Passes Audi as BMW Defends Luxury-Car Sales Lead

“Nearly every new car performs well in other frontal crash tests conducted by the Institute and the federal government, but we still see more than 10,000 deaths in frontal crashes each year,” Institute president Adrian Lund said. In the new front crash test, the vehicle, traveling at a speed of 40 miles per hour, hits a barrier with just a quarter of the driver’s side bumper, concentrating the impact force in a small area and causing the vehicle to spin. About a quarter of the serious and fatal injuries seen each year are caused by “small overlap” impacts, according to the Institute. These crashes can also cause severe foot and leg injuries as the car’s front wheel is pushed back into passenger compartment. Related: Cool collectible cars The smaller impact area makes it harder for the car’s steel structures to spread impact forces around the driver.
Full Article: http://money.cnn.com/2012/08/14/autos/luxury-cars-crash-test/index.html

Mercedess investment cycle has peaked and they are entering a phase of outperformance. Positive Outlook With its gains in November, Mercedes has already surpassed last years total deliveries. All three German luxury-car manufacturers are targeting sales records this year as demand from China and the U.S. offset weakness in debt-strapped economies in Europe . Although conditions remain challenging in a number of European markets, in particular, we expect sales to continue to develop positively over the coming months, Ian Robertson , head of sales and marketing at Munich-based BMW, said in a statement today.
Full Article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-10/mercedes-passes-audi-as-bmw-defends-luxury-car-sales-lead.html

Luxury SUVs, non-luxury cars best targets for going green, no so with trucks

Luxury SUV consumers and non-luxury car consumers were “very” or “extremely” likely to consider an AFV purchase, at 35.8 percent and 35.7 percent, respectively. Most hybrid and EV offerings are in the non-luxury car category, so that was sort of a no-brainer. What about luxury SUV shoppers? We suspect they will be quite interested in upcoming luxury EVs like the Cadillac ELR , the BMW i3 or i8 and the Tesla Model X .
Full Article: http://green.autoblog.com/2013/12/13/luxury-suvs-non-luxury-cars-best-targets-going-green/

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