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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.

How old is your car? Are you worried about its safety credentials?

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Honda Is Developing Larger Rear-Wheel Drive EV Platform



Honda e Prototype at Geneva International Motorshow

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The new EV platform will firmly thrust the Japanese automaker into the global race for full-electric vehicles

The Honda e — Honda’s first all-electric car — is cute, but it’s small, has a driving range that’s on the low-end for the segment, and won’t be offered in the United States and likely Canada. Not to worry: Honda has announced that it is working on a larger, more capable global EV platform for a range of new electric vehicles that will be sold in North America and elsewhere around the world.

The new EV platform will be rear-wheel drive, with the electric motor installed the rear, giving the planned EVs perfect 50:50 weight distribution. It will be able to accommodate a second electric motor at the front axle if all-wheel drive is needed.

“This new architecture is designed to achieve smooth driving and highly efficient packaging,” Ayumu Matsuo, Honda’s managing officer in charge of power unit development told Automotive News. “We believe it will meet the needs of customers who like our C-segment and D-segment models.”

Despite helping pioneer battery-gasoline hybrid vehicles, Honda has been slow to embrace all-electric vehicles. A dedicated EV platform will firmly thrust the company into the global race for battery-powered vehicles.

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2020 Cadillac CT5 Has Very Low Price For A Luxury Sedan



New, 2020 Cadillac CT5 Luxury sedan

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The CT5 hopes to undercut its German competition with a very low price and a lot of standard features.

Cadillac has announced pricing details for the all-new Cadillac CT5, and the car costs a lot less than we expected.

The CT5 replaces the CTS as the brand’s new midsize luxury sedan. Three trim levels will be available for the 2020 model year: Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport.

With a starting price of $37,890 in the United States, the CT5 Luxury is significantly less expensive than the CTS and much more affordable than the base Mercedes-Benz E-Class ($54 000), BMW 5 Series ($54,395), and Audi A6. The CT5 Premium Luxury and Sport start at $41,690 and $42,690, respectively.

All three trims come standard with a rear-wheel drive setup and a 237 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four mated to a 10-speed automatic. Driver-assist systems such as forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking being are also standard, as are a 10-inch touch screen and keyless push-button start.

By comparison, the 2019 CTS’ price starts at $46,995 — nearly $10,000 higher — and comes with less standard equipment.

All-wheel drive is a $2,600 option on the Luxury and Sport trims, but $3,090 on the the Premium Luxury. Going for the CT5 Premium Luxury gets you some nice features like leather seats over the base Luxury model, while the Sport trim adds performance brakes and sporty appearance bits.

FbaPPs’s Take

The Cadillac CT5 has big shoes to fill as the successor to CTS, the nameplate that arguably brought the Cadillac brand into the modern era. But as good as the CTS was, it didn’t sell well.

With a dirt cheap starting price and wide array of standard features, the CT5 appears to primed to more successfully steal sales from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. Only time will tell if Cadillac’s pricing strategy achieves the desired results.

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New Lotus Evija Is An Electric Supercar With 2,000 HP



Lotus Evija Electric Supercar

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There is a new electric hypercar speeding into town, and it has nearly 2,000 horsepower.

Lotus has unveiled its latest creation, the Evija electric hypercar.

Billed as the world’s first pure electric British hypercar, the Evija (pronounced E-vi-ya) is powered by four electric motors that generate a combined “target output” of 2,000PS (1,973 horsepower), which should make it the most powerful series production road car ever built if the British sports car maker successfully delivers that lofty output figure.

The Evija electric hypercar stays true to the brand’s ethos of making lightweight, fun-to-drive cars. It’s made out of carbon fiber and weighs just 3,700 pounds, which although heavy for a Lotus, is light for an EV, especially one with a 2,000 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The battery provides a driving range of around 250 miles (402 km) and is mid-mounted just like the engines in Lotus’ normal cars. Once depleted, it can be recharged fully in a mere nine minutes when using a 800 kW charger and up to 90 percent capacity in only 12 minutes when using a 350 kWh charger.

Lotus says the Evija can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (96 km/h) in under 3 seconds, to 124 mph (200 km/h) in around 6 seconds, and to 186 mph (299 km/h) in less than 9 seconds. Top speed is expected to be around 200 mph (322 km/h).

“The Lotus Evija is a car like no other,” said Phil Popham, CEO of Lotus. “It will re-establish our brand in the hearts and minds of sports car fans and on the global automotive stage. It will also pave the way for further visionary models.”

Only 130 units of the Lotus Evija will be built, each costing a $2.1 million in the United States or £1.7m duties and taxes in Europe when sales begin in 2020. Buyers are required to make a $310,000 deposit.

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