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2013 Coda Electric Sedan Receives 2-star NHTSA Crash Test Rating

12/11/2012
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2013 Coda Sedan, an electric vehicle produced by a privately held Southern California company, earns a 2-star (out of 5 stars) frontal impact crash-test protection rating for the driver, matching the 2012 model's performance. The only other 2012 or 2013 model-year vehicle to have received a 2-star rating, as this post is written, is what the NHTSA calls the "early-release" 2012 Acura TL.

In other crash-test parameters, the Coda Sedan excels, receiving 4- or 5-star ratings for the front-seat passenger in a frontal impact, for front- and rear-seat occupants in a side-impact crash, and for its ability to resist rolling over during a lateral skid.

The Coda Sedan is based on a Chinese model called the Hafei Saibao, itself based on a Japan-market, Pininfarina-designed Mitsubishi model offered more than a decade ago, and which debuted at the 2004 Beijing Auto Show. The Saibao is re-engineered for the U.S. market and to accept Coda's electric drivetrain components.

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