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    Fellow Frogger! 505604's Avatar
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    "New" accolade for Renault

    Hi all

    This may be a little old, but I recently stumbled on an NRMA test evaluating the safety of vehicles when reversing. The reason for doing the tests was 17 children killed (in 3 1/2) years when vehicles were reversing out of driveways. disappro

    Anyway, the Renault Clio (along with 2 other cars) was awarded the 4 stars (out of 5) but was placed first according to the criteria.

    Two vehicles didn't even make 1/2 a star! mallet

    The link for the test results is
    <a href="http://www.nrma.com.au/pub/nrma/media/ins/reversing-visibility-index.pdf." target="_blank">http://www.nrma.com.au/pub/nrma/media/ins/reversing-visibility-index.pdf.</a>

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    Again, well done Renault! cheers!

    Andrew
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    The Toyota Echos that we drive at work are shocking for reversing. For safety reasons I usually grab the seat and push my self up with my left foot, so that I'm semi-standing, so I have some chance of seeing children while reversing.

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    Hell! I just looked at that website and it turns out that the Echo is one of the best for rear visibility. All the others must be incredibly bad!

    Dave
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    Watch out for reversing VX Commodores, that's what I say!
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    davemcbean:
    Hell! I just looked at that website and it turns out that the Echo is one of the best for rear visibility. All the others must be incredibly bad!

    Dave
    Well, the visibility is bad ALL over. I have to slow right down lean over to see past the pillars at every crossing line. What drugs are the NRMA on to think the Echo has excellent visibility?

    I've driven the Audi TT. It's a very lovely car but visibilty is certainly not a strong point. And that's an understatement.

    <small>[ 18 December 2002, 12:00 AM: Message edited by: billtran ]</small>
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    Originally posted by davemcbean:
    Hell! I just looked at that website and it turns out that the Echo is one of the best for rear visibility. All the others must be incredibly bad!
    Dave
    I think we drivers of older Peugeots are simply spoilt in this area Dave. I drive a lot of hire cars, and the first thing that always strikes me when I jump into the 505 wagon or 504 waiting for me back at Melbourne airport is how much better the visibility is than whatever piece of brand new sheet metal I've been traipsing around in.

    The 50's really are exceptional cars in this area (the 404 was pretty damn good too!) .

    Cheers

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    Ever tried reversing any convertible CLK merc with the top on!! woah look out any one!!
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    the 306 GTi-6, isn't too good with visability, the blind spot on the driver's side is huge, as if you have your headreset in the safety position, all you see is headrest! As for reversing in a manual, it's hard to turn around fully and not fall off the clutch...maybe i'm doing something wrong...
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