The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has recently revealed that those driving a Titan pickup and 350Z sports car of Nissan Motor Co., as well as compact Cobalt and Chevrolet Aveo mini of General Motors Co., are at greater risk of getting killed in accidents compared to other vehicles.
Sport-utility vehicle drivers, who used to have the highest risk of getting killed in crashes due to rollovers, are now among those with the highest possibility of surviving the accident.
In the past, the rollover risk in SUVs used to outweigh their weight and size advantage, but this is not the case anymore, Anne McCartt, the senior vice president for research of the insurance group, stated in the report related to the driver death rates for passenger car models from years 2005 to 2008.
The driver death-rate study was last conducted by the group in 2007. The study found that not one of the 26 lowest-rated car models is equipped with standard electronic stability control, while almost all of the top-rated ones did.
Vehicles with this technology, which can immediately apply brakes or reduce throttle speed when drivers under- or over-steer, had lower death rates compared to those without it. Equipping vehicles with this technology will be made mandatory on all new units starting next year.
Among the suppliers of the systems are Robert Bosch GmbH and Continental AG. Among the 26 top-rated vehicles and trucks, only one had no electronic stability control. In 2008, this technology became standard on 11 percent of pickups, 65 percent of cars and 96 percent of SUVs, according to the insurance group.
For the model year 2006, the Nissan 350Z will be offered in five trim levels: Base, Enthusiast, Touring, Track, and Grand Touring. Nissan implemented some equipment augmentations and modified the car’s styling on the front, particularly its front bumper, headlights, and grille. For the front, the 350Z features powerful Xenon headlamps, and gem-like LED lights on the rear. All versions of the 2006 Nissan 350Z are powered by a 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 that develops 300 hp (223KW) of max output and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of peak torque and is paired to a six-speed manual transmission.
With this configuration, the new Nissan 350Z could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 156 mph. Likewise, Nissan modified the interior of the new 350Z for a more stylish and harmonized experience. It now comes with cowhide-wrapped steering wheel as well as cloth (or cowhide) bucket seats featuring extra lateral support for the driver. It also comes with some generous power features as well as an instrument panel on gimbals for better viewing. The range-topping Grand Touring features an improved footprint with elegant lines extending to the fender extensions. The 350Z convertible has an all-glass rear window and padded roof. Placed on the steering wheel of the Nissan 350Z are controls for different functions and features of the vehicle. Customers may avail of optional interior features like a DVD navigation system and MP3-capable 240-watt sound system with six-CD changer, as well as side and side curtain airbags.
Safety inside the new Nissan 350Z is taken care of by ABS and force distribution, which gauges the distribution of weight on the front and rear wheels and then accordingly distributes the braking force. The new Nissan 350Z also utilizes brake assist technology that could sense emergency braking and then apply extra braking force. It also uses traction control that aids during cornering, braking, and accelerating. Taking care of the car’s stopping power is a braking system from Brembo. The performance of the new 2006 Nissan 350Z is at par with other cars in its class especially with its stiff suspension, brisk and sensitive handling and comparable road noise. However, there could be visibility issues for the rear and side views of the new 350Z.