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The Smart did admirably well, but got tossed around like a ping pong ball. No report on how the crash test dummies actually did, but probably bad enough that MB has not yet released the results. Smart vs S-Class
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Damn, i'm slipping. Good find!

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That little thing still did some admirable damage to teutonic knight that is the S class. Hopefully because the new model will have a larger wheelbase and is bigger, it wont do that flip in the air!
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From BBC News - no idea of the date:BBC News blip

By Caroline Wyatt
Bonn


The Swiss entrepreneur behind the Smart car, whose product was delayed after it failed the notorious "elk test," have admitted that he and his partner Daimler-Benz, may have rushed its development in their haste to launch it by next April. Speaking on German television, Nicholas Hayek of the Swiss company SMH, admitted that the delay until next autumn would cost the joint venture some 300 million deutchmarks. Caroline Wyatt reports from Bonn.

The two-seater Smart car is the latest attempt by Daimler-Benz to muscle its way into the small car market, the industry's biggest-selling sector. But once again the company has faultered at the hurdle of the "elk test."

It's the same stability test, driving the car fast around sharp turns as if avoiding an animal on the road, that the new Mercedes Benz A-class failed last month, to the acute embarrassment of its makers. Now Daimler's partner in this joint venture, the Swiss manufacturer better known for its Swatch watches, has admitted that mistakes were made and that they may have rushed the cars development in their eagerness to put it on the market by next April.

It normally takes the industry around seven years before a new model is ready for production. If sales of the Smart car are delayed as expected until next October, it would only have spent five years in development.

Motoring industry analysts are beginning to question whether Daimler has over-stretched itself, in its attempt to break out of the luxury market. Meanwhile commentators in the German press have shown a certain amount of Schaden Freude in their editorials, remarking that this latest brush with the "elk test" has left a rather nasty dent in Daimler's reputation.

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that article has to be at least a decade old as they are talking about still using DM's.
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Somebody else may have already posted this.

The Smart did admirably well, but got tossed around like a ping pong ball. No report on how the crash test dummies actually did, but probably bad enough that MB has not yet released the results. Smart vs S-Class
I found this reference at http://www.canadiandriver.com/articles/mc/06fortwo.htm
From the article:
"As for passive safety, the tridion safety cell is a marvelous cocoon. Mercedes-Benz has even gone as far as to pound a Smart with an S-Class behemoth in crash testing, and only minor injury measures occurred on the crash test dummies."
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that article has to be at least a decade old as they are talking about still using DM's.
I figured as much. Hopefully the new model does better in the swerving test.
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