The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which crash-tests under conditions they consider more realistic than Federal safety testing, released several new vehicle tests today. The new slight overlap test impacts a small cross-section of the front of the vehicle, to simulate drifting to the wrong side of the road or colliding with a pole or other fixed object. The Avenger performed adequately, and the similar Chrysler 200 is expected to get a similar result.
The IIHS created a new level of achievement, the Top Safety Pick Plus award; winners must have good ratings in four of five evaluations, and must be at least acceptable in all ratings. Only 13 2013 cars have qualified so far, including Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200 sedans; 117 2013 vehicles were awarded Top Safety Pick, an award that was created in 2006 but now has tighter criteria.
The Toyota Camry (the top selling car in its class) and the Prius V wagon were given poor ratings in the newest test, and were the worst mid-sized performers; both cars were launched in 2012.
Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada.
Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....
Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.”
Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....
If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone.
The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone.
2015 Challenger SRT: Hellcat and 392
2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track
HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines...