With the inevitable increase in weight affecting acceleration, fuel consumption and driver satisfaction... Weight has no place in car design. Not in 2019 anyway.:nerd:Love the car all but one thing.
The panels and bumper are kept light by making them paper thin, this is a poor decision and a cost cutting one.
other materials could have been used and would have been much stronger.
On the recent episode of Autoline After HoursOften wondered why more vehicles do not use some form of plastic panels like Saturn did. The color was impregnated into the panel and if replacement was needed it was simple and Saturn even had a recycle policy for damaged panels.
2018 & 2019 models are top safety picks. I think the 2017 was as well, but the page for the 2017 model is producing a 500 server error at the time of this writing.How does the car score in crash tests?
`5` in the ENCAP testsHow does the car score in crash tests?
Don't expect bodywork to proved protection: It's not its role...Which is a given, your point is..
Yep, something similar to `er indoors` the other day: Turning into her Industrial Estate from the fast-flowing dual carriageway she was nearly hit by an idiot cyclist `undertaking` on the cycle path. He was wearing ear buds so had no spatial awareness, and worse than that he was listening to Beyoncé .yep, had 2 cyclists in London, do a Garfield on my rear window due to not watching and not being able to stop as quick as a car
good job no rear wiper to do them damage as well
I'll second that plastic/organic panels are amazing,
As long as the passenger compartment stays intact, the relative weights of the vehicles in a collisions has a dramatic effect on safety. The lighter of the two vehicles will experience the greatest acceleration in the event - given that f=ma, lower acceleration means a lower force placed on the occupants (with safety features further reducing the forces)But note the 50-'s hangover in this Noughties article: "IIHS testers caution that larger, heavier cars are inherently safer than smaller ones". Rubbish then and rubbish now...