Toy­ota Camry per­forms poorly in crash test

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - PAT SUL­LI­VAN / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS Shop­ping

DETROIT — The Toy­ota Camry, the best-sell­ing car in the U.S., per­formed poorly this year in a new crash test and failed to get the best safety rat­ing from an in­surance in­dus­try group.

The In­surance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety gave the Camry a “Poor” rat­ing on a test that mea­sures how well peo­ple are pro­tected when the front cor­ner of a car hits an­other car or an ob­ject.

The Camry still did well on the in­sti­tute’s other four tests and earned a “Top Safety Pick” des­ig­na­tion. But it failed to get a “Top Safety Pick­Plus” rat­ing be­cause of the bad per­for­mance on the new “small over­lap” test of cor­ner crashes.

Ten mod­er­ately priced mid­size cars got the in­sti­tute’s high­est rat­ing. They in­clude the Honda Ac­cord, Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger, Ford Fu­sion, Kia Op­tima, Nis­san Al­tima, Subaru Legacy and Out­back, Suzuki Kashai and Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat. NEW YORK — When it comes to fat hol­i­day dis­counts, bet­ter late than never.

This hol­i­day shop­ping sea­son, many stores haven’t been of­fer­ing the same block­buster deals as they did last year. In­stead, they’ve dan­gled of­fers of free ship­ping and nofee lay­aways to lure shop­pers.

But dur­ing the fi­nal week­end be­fore Christ­mas, shop­pers should ex­pect to see more “70 per­cent off” and “buy one, get one free” signs as stores try to sal­vage a sea­son that so far has been dis­ap­point­ing.

Teen re­tailer Aero­postale Inc. has slashed prices on ev­ery­thing in its stores by 60 per­cent. Ri­val teen chain Amer­i­can Ea­gle Out­fit­ters is of­fer­ing 40 per­cent off all pur­chases. Saks Fifth Av­enue is cut­ting prices on some de­signer cloth­ing up to 60 per­cent. And Chil­dren’s Place, a chil­dren’s cloth­ing chain, is of­fer­ing up to 75 per­cent off on its web­site.

The sales are aimed at lur­ing shop­pers like Jen­nifer Ro­manello, who lives in Rockville Cen­tre, N.Y. Ro­manello, a pub­lic­ity con­sul­tant, is plan­ning to spend $400 less on hol­i­day gifts this sea­son as she

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