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Study: Half of Teen Drivers Killed in Crashes Had Old Cars

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It should be common knowledge by now that old cars are generally less safe than newer cars. If you need more prove of this fact, a new study that looked at fatal car crashes of drivers aged 15 to 17 found that around half of them were in old cars.

Carried out by researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the detailed study found that nearly half of drivers ages 15 to 17 who died in car crashes from 2008 to 2012 had cars that were at least 11 years old. Moreover, almost a third drove small cars, which are considered less safe than larger cars.

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The statistics partly reflect the type of cars teens are likely to drive: small and old. By comparison, middle-aged drivers killed during the same period drove larger, slightly newer cars on average.

To drive home the message that old cars are relatively unsafe, the researchers cited a May 2014 survey of parents showing that some 60 percent of teenagers drive cars at least 8 years old, as well as an analysis of the U.S. government’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data revealing that 82 percent of teens killed in traffic accidents drove cars that were at least 6 years old.

As for vehicle size, larger cars result in fewer deaths than smaller vehicles, with both older and smaller cars generally featuring fewer safety equipment that meet today’s standards. For instance, only 3 percent of teen drivers’ cars studied had electronic stability control as a standard feature, while just 7 percent of middle-aged drivers’ cars had it. Just 12 percent of the teens’ cars came with standard side airbags, compared to a slightly higher 14 percent of the adults’ cars.

The IIHS notes that it takes about 30 years for newly-introduced safety feature to make their way into 95 percent of the cars on the road, so this unfortunate situation isn’t likely to change any time soon.

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Buick Cascada Convertible Is Dead After 2019, And It Likely Won’t Return

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2019 Buick Cascada Convertible, red

It was virtually invisible, so no one is going to miss it.

Buick has confirmed that the Cascada convertible will be discontinued after the 2019 model year, so act fast if you still want one.

Rumors of the Cascada’s demise began popping up in late 2018 when Opel — which was formerly owned by General Motors — announced plans to stop building its version of the car in Poland. The model had reached the end of its product life cycle, so many questioned its fate.

“The Cascada has played its role in the portfolio perfectly, outselling many other premium convertibles while bringing in [six of every 10] buyers from outside GM,” a Buick spokesperson told . Buick sold about 17,000 examples of the Cascada since adding the model to its portfolio for the 2016 model year, a measly figure that isn’t surprising considering the little advertising its received.

Production ends in the summer of 2019, and with Opel now owned by Peugeot and the convertible segment experiencing a perceptible decline all over the world, the odds of the Cascada being replaced in North America are slim to none.

The Cascada won’t be the only Buick to get the ax in 2019 — the LaCrosse full-size sedan will join it.

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Baltimore Man Buys The First Hyundai Kona Electric In America

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New Hyundai Kona Electric First Buyer

The crossover is one of the first long-range electric vehicles to be sold by an established automaker.

The Hyundai Kona Electric is finally on sale in the United States, and the first one went to a lucky buyer in Baltimore, Maryland.

Donald Small, director of pediatric oncology at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, took the keys in a small ceremony held by Hyundai.

He is a true green enthusiasts who has driven an electric vehicle for more than seven years, and his family has taken other measures to reduce their carbon footprint.

“As a strong advocate for eco-friendly living — which includes doing my part to reduce carbon emissions from the energy we consume — I’ve equipped my home with 64 solar panels connected to the utility power grid, and the sur renewable energy we produce is fed onto the grid.” Dr. Donald Small said. “By implementing renewable energy generation with net-metering, we rely less on the grid and produce more than 90% of our energy use.”

The Kona Electric is among the first of a growing list of long-range electric vehicles from mainstream automakers with mass-market price tags. It can travel for up to 258 miles (415 km) on a single charge, and has a starting price of $37,495 (before government incentives) for the 2020 model year.

Hyundai has not disclosed specific production numbers, but considering that General Motors has admitted that it’s some years away from making any money from EVs like the Chevrolet Bolt, it wouldn’t be surprising if availability of the Kona Electric remains relatively limited if it’s not it’s losing money for the company.

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New, 2020 Kia Soul EV Has 243 Mile (391 Km) Driving Range

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New, 2020 Kia Soul EV

Kia’s quirky crossover joins the high-range electric vehicle group.

The EPA has given the 2020 Kia Soul EV a driving range of up to 243 miles (391 km) on a single charge, placing it in the same class as the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV and Nissan LEAF e+, all of which get over 200 miles (322 km).

In fact, the Soul EV uses the same 64 kWh battery pack as the Kona Electric and Niro. Power is provided by an electric motor that generates 201-horsepower and 291 lb-ft. of torque and can be modulated with four driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+, which automatically adjust power output, regenerative braking, climate control settings, and set speed limits to help manage overall efficiency.

Similar to the Niro and Kona EVs, it will charge at around 100kW for at least the first 50 percent of charge. A DC Fast Charge port comes standard.

The 2020 Kia Soul EV goes on sale in the second half of 2019.

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