A new report released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) praises nine cars for having zero death rates.
The organization’s assessed 2009-2012 model year vehicles in search of those with the cleanest record. The list of top performers ranged from premium models like the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class to more mainstream offerings like the Kia Sorento and Subaru Legacy.
Here they all are:
- Audi A4 4WD
- Honda Odyssey
- Lexus RX 350 4WD
- Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 4WD
- Kia Sorento 2WD
- Subaru Legacy 4WD
- Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD
- Toyota Sequoia 4WD
- Volvo XC90 4WD
Researchers attribute improved vehicle design and safety technology for the continual decline in fatality risk, which they measured as the number of deaths per million registered vehicle years.
Unsurprisingly, smaller vehicles performed worse on average than larger ones. The Kia Rio, in particular, ranked number one on the worst list, having recorded 149 driver deaths per million registered vehicle years. It was followed by the Nissan Versa, Hyundai Accent and Chevrolet Aveo.
Despite the smattering of very poor performers, the automotive industry has experienced an overall improvement in fatality rates. There were 7,700 fewer driver deaths in 2012 than there would have been had the vehicles remained unchanged from their counterparts in 1985.
What car do you drive? Are you worried about its safety credentials?
Is Audi Bringing More Wagons To The United States, Canada?
An enigmatic Twitter post suggests more Audi wagons are coming to North America.
With the A4 Allroad serving as its only wagon available in the United States and Canada, Audi could be gearing up to capitalize on the small renaissance in the wagon segment.
A tweet () by the German automaker hints at more of its wagon crossing the Atlantic, with some reports claiming that the A6 Avant at the very least will be sold alongside the rugged, more offroad-oriented A4 Allroad.
The performance-oriented RS6 Avant with its twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 may also come to America, giving practical-minded driving enthusiasts a compelling option to consider.
The North American-spec A6 Avant could go on sale sometime in the second half of 2019 as 2020 model year vehicle as Audi’s an answer to Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon and Volvo V90. How will you configure yours?
Audi’s New Tech Lets Drivers Catch Green Lights, Avoid Red Lights
If you hate sitting at red lights, Audi has a novel solution that allows you to ride the ‘wave’ of green lights.
Audi has introduced a new technology that could make waiting at red lights a thing of the past.
Leveraging the company’s Traffic Light Information system, the so-called ‘Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory’ (GLOSA) system uses traffic light information to let drivers know what speed they should travel to catch the next green light and avoid having to stop at a red light, thereby reducing a journey’s overall emissions.
“Audi is committed to moving America in many ways, including through the development of industry-leading connectivity and mobility solutions,” said Mark Del Rosso, president, Audi of America. “Not only do vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies like GLOSA benefit drivers today, they’re also the critical steps needed as we continue toward an automated future.”
But should you by chance get stuck at a red light, the system also has a countdown to green that lets you know exactly how long you’ll have to wait before you can continue on your journey.
Available on select 2017 and newer vehicles, the GLOSA system launches in select metro areas before expanding to new locals over time.
New Audi e-tron GT Concept Previews Audi’s Tesla Model S Fighter
The electrified fastback sedan will eventually join the e-tron SUV in Audi’s growing electric vehicle lineup.
Audi has revealed the e-tron GT concept, effectively previewing its answer to the Tesla Model S.
Based on the same platform as the Porsche Taycan, the e-tron GT will follow the e-tron and e-tron Sportback crossovers as the brand’s third electric car. It features a five-door liftback bodystyle that’s similar to the A7, though it slightly wider and sits lower to the ground than that Audi. In fact, the car’s center of gravity is more inline with an R8 supercar thanks to having its battery mounted below the floor.
Powered by an electric drivetrain that produces 590 horsepower, and with a permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring distributing that power, the e-tron GT can rocket to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds and to 124 mph (200 km/h) in around 12 seconds. A 90-kWh battery allows it to drive over 249 miles (402 km) according to the WLTP test cycle, and drivers can expect to recharge a depleted battery to 80 percent in just 20 minutes
As with the e-tron SUV, the production e-tron GT’s design is expected to stay true to the concept. Audi says production will begin sometime in 2020.
What do you think about the Audi e-tron GT Concept? Do you like what you see, and does Tesla have something to be worried about? Share your thoughts in the comments below.