updated 2/29/2004 6:49:34 PM ET 2004-02-29T23:49:34

General Motors
At GM, we place a high priority on providing our customers with value, not only at the time that they purchase their vehicle, but throughout their ownership experience. The bumper tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) provide an assessment of damage protection to the vehicle in common, low-speed collisions.

The 2004 Chevrolet Malibu met or exceeded all applicable Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standards, and the bumper performance requirements identified in FMVSS 581, the U.S. bumper regulation. In addition, the Chevrolet Malibu possesses features and design attributes that are intended to appeal to its target market. Among those, the Malibu offers crash avoidance features such as antilock brakes and daytime running lamps and occupant protection features such as dual level front airbags, head curtain side airbags, and center rear lap and shoulder safety belts.

Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi Motors’ vehicles are designed to meet or exceed all federal regulations and safety standard. We are pleased that the all-new 2004 Galant will receive an “acceptable” from the IIHS based on the ratings for all four low-speed tests. Additionally, Mitsubishi Motors engineers will review the results for any area of improvement that may assist in reducing repair costs.

Nissan
Cost of ownership and repair are important considerations at Nissan. We take our commitment to customer satisfaction very seriously. We design each new model to resist low-speed collision damage and will continue to work closely with major insurance companies to keep premiums low for our customers.

We believe the Nissan Maxima performs competitively in terms of cost of repair. Obviously, the cost to repair bumpers is only one consideration. These tests, conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, are conducted and aggregated to determine combined cost estimates to repair damage incurred in four separate low speed bumper impact tests. They are not related to safety. We believe it’s difficult for these four combined tests to accurately reflect the various conditions experienced by drivers everyday and it is highly unlikely that anyone would be simultaneously involved in the four low-speed crash modes under real-world conditions. In the event of a crash, all Nissan and Infinity producers are engineered to meet or surpass the safety regulations established by the federal government as well as pass our own rigorous internal safety requirements.

Suzuki
American Suzuki read with interest the results of the recent five-mph bumper tests of midsize sedans performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

It is important to note that the IIHS bumper test is purely an economic evaluation of repair cost estimates under various laboratory conditions, and is not a measure of crashworthiness or any other aspect related to vehicle safety.

Beyond the IIHS tests, all Suzuki models are rigorously tested using a variety of methods at our research and development facilities. Suzuki conducts not only extensive safety performance testing, but also testing to examine a wide range of other aspects of vehicle performance, including durability, reparability, etc.

Suzuki is always willing to take into consideration any new information that could lead to meaningful, real-world improvements that provide our customers with greater value. You can be assured that we are studying the IIHS test results with these objectives in mind.

Acura
Acura strives to provide its customers with products designed and built to achieve the highest levels of quality and safety, while also providing low operating costs.

While engineering and designing the Acura TL and TSX, our highest priority was the safety of our customers, and we anticipate that these vehicles will receive “Good” ratings in IIHS crash tests.

It is important to note that a 5-mph impact into a fixed barrier, especially a steel pole, generates substantially more impact energy that a typical car-to-car parking lot fender-bender because the barrier does not offer any cushioning effect. It is unfortunate the ratings were not higher in the bumper tests and we will continue to investigate ways to enhance low-speed impact performance.

Although the bumpers themselves may have been damaged in the low speed crash tests, they helped protect the passenger safety structure as well as the chassis and powertrain components, as they were designed to do.

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