Times are changing for the American auto industry because their vehicles were once gas guzzling, poor handling, and not the safest on the roads. It is so nice to see over the years progress being made, and while strides have been taken to help improve fuel economy, there is still a way to go.
However, when it comes to the handling and safety features that is where real progress has been made. One example of this is with the new 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray, because its predecessors were thought of cars for men in their 50s, but now they are designed for the younger driver and have a range of new features to help improve performance and road handling. Let’s not forget safety, because it recently came out better off in a recent crash.
Speaking of crashes, there are three other US vehicles that have done well in new NHTSA crash tests, and these are the Tesla Model S and the 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra. In these crash tests all three vehicles scored the highest rating of five stars.
Having said that, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that the Tesla Model S scored the best ever, and even though it only goes up to five stars, the NHTSA actually gave the Model S 5.4, although this cannot be an official rating.
In the other test General Motors is now the first truck manufacturer to receive a five star rating from NHTSA for not one but two of their trucks, but what makes the scores even more impressive is the fact that the NHTSA updated the safety standards to make them more strenuous.
While we have to commend both Tesla and GM, we have to praise Tesla more because the Model S is not as robust as those trucks.
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