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Ford Ranger, Jeep Cherokee, Tesla Model S have most American content: study

What is the most American car? The Ford Ranger tops the Cars.com 2020 American-Made Index released yesterday, but the answer for other American-made, import-badged vehicles isn’t so simple.

The annual study found that Honda has a greater percentage of American-made cars than GM or Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which is the parent company of iconic American brands such as Jeep, Ram, and Dodge. The Big Three American automakers of Ford, GM, and FCA aren’t even as American-made as California electric vehicle maker Tesla.

Now in its 15th year, the AMI determines the American-made qualities of a model based on five factors:

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Crossover SUVs deadlier to pedestrians: IIHS study

Since the spread of SUVs beginning in the late-1990s, safety advocates have decried the effect of these larger, heavier utility vehicles on car crashes. That same argument applies today to pedestrians, even as advanced safety features have proliferated alongside crossover SUVs, the IIHS suggested in a study released Tuesday. 

At speeds faster than 19 mph, SUVs are more likely to kill a pedestrian than a car; at higher speeds, SUVs are even more lethal. Though SUVs have adopted more car-like designs with lower front ends to help limit the impact on crashes with other cars, the IIHS says there hasn’t

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Study reports that future self-driving cars may only prevent one-third of car crashes

Self-driving cars on the roads won’t be able to prevent all crashes if they’re designed to process information like humans and defer to occupant preferences, the IIHS found in a study released Thursday.

Only about one-third of crashes now would be easily avoided by future autonomous vehicles, the study found. To prevent more crashes, those systems would need to be designed to prioritize safety over speed and convenience.

“Building self-driving cars that drive as well as people do is a big challenge in itself,” the study’s lead author and IIHS researcher, Alexandra Mueller, wrote. “But they’d actually need to be

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Study shows some dealers lag in describing teen safety features to new-car shoppers

Three out of four new-car dealers could accurately identify critical safety features aimed at making new cars safer for teen drivers, but only after most were prompted by shoppers to identify those features — and most of their information was vague. That’s according to a study released last week by the IIHS that followed a similar study last year that found that while most new Ford owners knew about their cars’ teen-focused safety features, only about 1 in 3 reported using it.

“Vehicle monitoring systems can improve the behavior of teen drivers and reassure their parents,” the study’s author, Rebecca

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