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Old 05-29-2014, 07:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Crash testing a car that will have a production run of ~250 would not be feasible. And it has side video mirrors - which hopefully will be allowed, soon - but VW is not going to fight it over the XL1.

I suggest moving it to the Unicorn Corral.

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Old 05-30-2014, 04:34 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Crash testing a car that will have a production run of ~250 would not be feasible. And it has side video mirrors - which hopefully will be allowed, soon - but VW is not going to fight it over the XL1.

I suggest moving it to the Unicorn Corral.
VW claims on their website that the XL1 "fulfills all safety requirements," so it must have been crash-tested at some point. The problem is, the US requires different crash tests, which would not be feasible for a car with such a limited production run and no plans to market in the US. Planet Money had a podcast recently on this issue, in which they interviewed a Cadillac executive who complained about the dichotomy in regulations between the US and Europe. It was quite interesting.
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It might well meet the crash requirements - but they would have to provide cars for official testing.
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Now, one way around the crash testing requirements would be to launch the cars under an unrelated company that produces under 10,000 cars a year, and then apply for a hardship exemption with the NHTSA.

Another way would be to have assembly be a dealer-installed option, but with VW dealers, that thought absolutely horrifies me.
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Now, one way around the crash testing requirements would be to launch the cars under an unrelated company that produces under 10,000 cars a year, and then apply for a hardship exemption with the NHTSA.

Another way would be to have assembly be a dealer-installed option, but with VW dealers, that thought absolutely horrifies me.
Yeah, I can just imagine illiterate AMERICAN VW monkey wrenchers attempting to read & comprehend GERMAN instructions (wink,wink)!
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Yep, it's all about corporate profits. Not Hexxagon's, Volkswagen's. They gain more from just having this car in their lineup than they'll ever make actually selling it. Hardly a conspiracy.

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