A first: SUV and CUV sales overtake sedans
For the first time, SUVs and crossovers have overtaken sedans as the most popular vehicle body style in the U.S., according to an analysis of new-vehicle registrations by IHS Automotive. Through May, SUVs and crossovers accounted for 36.5 percent of new vehicles sold, versus 35.4 percent for sedans. IHS says a key driver in the segments' growth is product innovations such as increased fuel efficiency, in vehicles such as the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Jeep Cherokee and Nissan Rogue (shown).
— NWautos staff
Teens' cars tend to be small, old, less safe
Many teenagers are driving vehicles that do not offer good crash protection or lack important safety technology, according to recent research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The group's report says that teenage drivers killed in crashes are more likely than adults to be driving vehicles that are smaller and older. The report says that 29 percent of drivers age 15-17 who were killed in crashes were driving small cars or minicars, compared with 20 percent of drivers 35-50 years old. And 82 percent of the teenage motorists who died were driving vehicles at least 6 years old, compared with 77 percent of the adults.
The institute says parents should consider four main points when choosing a car for a teen: Avoid vehicles with a lot of horsepower, since those can tempt teens to drive too fast; look for larger, heavier vehicles, which provide better protection in a crash; get a vehicle with electronic stability control; and choose a vehicle with the highest possible safety rating.
— New York Times News Service