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"The new X-Type is our class valedictorian by virtue of its impressive ride and handling qualities, as well as its ability to provide safety through a new all-wheel drive system. With two engine choices, a spacious interior, standard luxury features like power windows, cruise control, and remote keyless entry, it's easy to see why this vehicle is setting sales records... Our judges chose the X-Type over other deserving entries like the BMW 745i and Ford Thunderbird by virtue of its ability to reach the masses, while proving that hard work results in exceptional rewards."
Of their Top 10 cars, the X-type is #1.
Click on the following link for further details:http://www.roadandtravel.com/awards/2002/awardsbg.htm
Here is part of what happened as described by the driver of the car during the accident:
"Coming home from work on Monday, some 'less intelligent person' in an old HondaCRX decided to be in my lane - the same time as I was. Unfortunately, he/she/itdid not use their rear view or side mirrors before they quickly cut. I had toswerve to avoid a collision, got into the gravel in the left hand side of theInterstate (I-79), almost pulled it back but a road construction sign caught mytail. I did a 180, slid across 3 lanes of traffic (missed everyone, somehow),went airborne about 10 feet and landed on the driver side rims. The car did apartial roll and ended up on its roof resting against the embankment.
Somebody was watching out for me, because after unlatching the seatbelt that washolding me upside down, I crawled out of the car with nothing more than askinned shin.
Some things stick in your mind at a time like this, and this stuck in mine:When I reached over to the passenger door, to open it for the people helping meout, I released it with my little finger, and the door swung open. When I gotout, I nudged the car door, and it quietly latched. This while setting on itsroof! The windows did not crack or shatter or pop out on the roll, or when itsettled on its roof......Yep, I will get another one. After seeing what it does in an accident, I'mconvinced."
The rest is here:http://www.jagtalk.com/forums/1/message.html?46280
I'm so glad that the owner was not hurt. That's all that really matters. The bonus is that we know through a serious demonstration that the X-type is safe and sturdy. He said he thinks the "leaper" is back in the embankment (as you can see from the picture that it is missing), only 1.7 miles from his home. Just glad he came out of that the way he did.
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