Mondays tend to be disorienting, and that’s the case today, what with electrified BMWs, performance Lexus models, the return of Mazda’s rotary, and a less-is-more Porsche 911.
Ford has earned a “Top Safety Pick” rating for its updated 2018 F-150, but failed to achieve the organization’s coveted “Top Safety Pick+” award due to a “Poor” rating for headlight performance. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the base halogen headlights fell short due to “inadequate visibility in all scenarios.” The optional LED headlights improved visibility, but the IIHS found that the low beams created excessive glare for oncoming drivers.
Mazda’s innovative rotary engine is on course for a comeback according to the automaker’s powertrain boss Mitsuo Hitomi. In a recent interview with , Hitomi revealed that the Wankel will most likely play a major role in the development of an EV offering that the brand hopes will hit showrooms by 2019.
When evaluating the safety and rigidity of cars, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety puts vehicles through their paces in a series of crashworthiness tests. Under a variety of scenarios – whether it’s sending cars into barriers or vice versa – the IIHS analyzes how well the car under scrutiny keeps the driver safe.