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      06-26-2014, 09:35 AM   #1
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The 2014 BMW 2 Series coupe has received IIHS' "Top Safety Pick+" from its performance in the institute's crash tests. It scored the highest possible "Good" in all categories of crashworthiness.

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      06-26-2014, 09:42 AM   #2
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First the Consumer Reports praise and now this...

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      06-26-2014, 09:53 AM   #3
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There must have been some update to the seat design between June and July 2014 production vehicles. The IIHS differentiates and gives 2 different ratings to head restraints and seat design, with vehicles produced before July 2014 getting slightly lower ratings than those produced after June 2014.
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      06-26-2014, 10:10 AM   #4
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These videos are awesome! I love watching this stuff. Such safe cars.
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      06-26-2014, 10:17 AM   #5
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What a relief! I can now crash it with no worries!!
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      06-26-2014, 10:27 AM   #6
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This is the perfect car for me
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      06-26-2014, 10:31 AM   #7
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Yep, its a safe car, can argue with that. However, to be fare this is why it tips the scales at 3,500-3,600 lbs.

Can wait for the M2, however can not see BMW dropping more than 80 lbs in weight reduction.
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There must have been some update to the seat design between June and July 2014 production vehicles. The IIHS differentiates and gives 2 different ratings to head restraints and seat design, with vehicles produced before July 2014 getting slightly lower ratings than those produced after June 2014.
IIHS involved in time travel shocker! typo?
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      06-26-2014, 10:42 AM   #9
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Looks like I might get myself an M235i..
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      06-26-2014, 10:54 AM   #10
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      06-26-2014, 11:06 AM   #11
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Looks like I might get myself an M235i..
I bet M235i would have significantly worse rating because of its longer and heavier engine.
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      06-26-2014, 11:10 AM   #12
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I bet M235i would have significantly worse rating because of its longer and heavier engine.
They do not differentiate between the two so I assume it's the same rating for both the M235i and 228i.
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      06-26-2014, 11:15 AM   #13
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The 2014 BMW 2 Series coupe has received IIHS' "Top Safety Pick" from its performance in the institute's crash tests. It scored the highest possible "Good" in all categories of crashworthiness.
You mean Top safety pick +

Not a lot of cars getting a "Good" for the newer Small Overlap test yet, so the + is an important distinction and great news for 2 series buyers.
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      06-26-2014, 11:22 AM   #14
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I am still concerned about how engine shape / size / weight affects those results.

If small tweaks can make or break those tests, I think an engine size could have an even bigger impact. Does anybody honestly think that test-results of a 4-cylinder Mustang Ecobox would be equivalent to 8-cylinder iron-block 600hp monstrosity they will put in a Shelby ?

Does anybody (preferably with an engineering background) has an answer ?
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IIHS involved in time travel shocker! typo?
How about: "Cars produced through June 2014" and "Cars produced starting from July 2014."
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      06-26-2014, 11:47 AM   #16
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First the Consumer Reports praise and now this...

As I said before, CR bashed Corvette for not having enough cup holders and stiff suspension BUT, this is something real. I am very impressed by this. I prefer smaller cars and this is frosting on the cake. You can have your smaller car and be resonably safe!

Well done BMW!
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      06-26-2014, 11:50 AM   #17
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I am still concerned about how engine shape / size / weight affects those results.

If small tweaks can make or break those tests, I think an engine size could have an even bigger impact. Does anybody honestly think that test-results of a 4-cylinder Mustang Ecobox would be equivalent to 8-cylinder iron-block 600hp monstrosity they will put in a Shelby ?

Does anybody (preferably with an engineering background) has an answer ?
The correct answer is that we don't know. Given no other changes or variables, the reduction in crush space from a 4 to the block of a 6 would lead one to suspect a reduction in dissipation of force by the surrounding structure. But, we do not know what countermeasures BMW may have applied for the 6, nor the engine kinematic strategy, such as a downward path with strategically yielding mounts. Until a 235i is tested, we simply do not know the outcome, although BMW most assuredly does from their internal testing. From my prior experience in the Vehicle Safety Office in a car company (managerial, not an engineer), I believe with high confidence that all car companies now include the IIHS protocol as a program objective due to the marketing impact of the public information.
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      06-26-2014, 12:00 PM   #18
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Interesting what 14 years of testing and research does.
Look at the 2000 BMW 328 moderate overlap test for comparison.


Compared to the 2014 BMW 2 series moderate overlap test the head protection is a nice upgrade in the new model.
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There must have been some update to the seat design between June and July 2014 production vehicles. The IIHS differentiates and gives 2 different ratings to head restraints and seat design, with vehicles produced before July 2014 getting slightly lower ratings than those produced after June 2014.
Very interesting. I wonder what changes were made.
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      06-26-2014, 12:22 PM   #20
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Great news, though I cringe watching these lovely 2's being wrecked!
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      06-26-2014, 12:42 PM   #21
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So with all the latest news and awards, it seems that the M235i is touched by God.
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Overlap?

How does "overlap" change the results? Not seeing any differnce.
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