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Terrible, it really smashed that little car.
 

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I don't see the XC90. Am I not looking in the right place?
 

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Its a crash in Turkey. The driver of the small Renault died unfortunately. The only damage to the xc90 was that its front left wheel was ripped off. Just shows the difference in the "small overlap" crashworthiness.
 

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No. Volvo of Dallas got one of theirs side swiped about a month ago.

But this was exactly the type of crash Volvo aced with a 5+ star rating (small offset overlap crash) so that car was gonna eat it for sure.
 

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Interesting how XC90s seem to love sacrificing their front wheels on small overlap crashes.

On a more grave note, sorry to hear about the Renault Driver. :(
 

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Terrible, it really smashed that little car.
It is not that little but French cars have never been known for stellar safety performance. That roof structure is what did the car (and its occupants) in...
 

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First of all we don't know what happened, so it's all speculation.

Secondly, Renault is a French car manufacturer, normally getting good safety ratings. But they have a large Turkeys subsidiary building cars for local and surrounding market areas with other expectations than ours.
 

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Sorry for the Renault driver. It looks like a real life small overlap crash test. The damage is nearly identical to the IHS video.
 

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I'm wondering if the guy on the cell phone was driving the Volvo....
 

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Terrible collision. However, keep in mind that the small overlap test, like every IIHS crash test besides the side impact test, is very heavily impacted by weight (and speed). In other words, a 4500 lb vehicle with a good small overlap score will fare much better in a collision with a 2500 lb vehicle in a small overlap collision, regardless of that vehicle's small overlap score. In fact, a 4500 lb vehicle with an acceptable, marginal, or probably even *poor* score would fare much better in that same collision. Had the smaller vehicle had a good score, the driver might have survived...but it's also quite likely that he wouldn't have. The IIHS (and every other organization that tests head-on collisions) repeatedly state that the tests have no relevance for vehicles that differ by more than about 10% in weight.
 

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To put it another way, if you're driving an S60, V60, S80, or XC70, and are hit by an XC90 at highway speeds, you're probably going to die. You might live if you're in an XC60, and you'll probably live if you're in another XC90 (unless it's a side impact at highway speeds, in which case, you're still almost certainly going to die, regardless of which Volvo you're driving or which hit you).
 
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