Nov 25, 2008

Ford has the safest cars in the world

It has been tough the last week listening to talk radio in the middle of the Big 3 auto loan talks when callers called in to disparage auto workers, the UAW and the quality of the Big 3 products.

I just have to grit my teeth knowing it’s simply not true. I would place any American car against any foreign made car, so it was good news to hear today that on the list of the safest cars put out by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Ford has the most cars on the list.

Ford was represented on the list by the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable passenger cars with optional ESC, and the Ford Edge, Ford Taurus X and Lincoln MKX midsize sport utility vehicles. Seventy-two vehicles earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award for 2009. This is more than double the number of 2008 recipients and more than three times the number of 2007 winners, according to the press release announcing the winners. The numbers reflect automakers' push to make certain safety equipment more widely available.

Although foreign manufactures were also represented well on the list, so were U.S. automakers. Also on the list were Cadillac CTS, Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and the Saturn Outlook.

I have driven nothing but American cars, with the exception of a two-year period when I lived overseas, and the quality and reliability of those has been fantastic a. I have owned my cars for an average of five years, and I put almost 300,000 miles on a Chevrolet Celebrity.

The bottom line is American cars are the best cars made.

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