Posted: 08/01/07 10:52 AM
I never knew about this test... but then again, i live in the desert. we donthave Moose' or elk...
Stuttgart - The Land Rover Defender has failed the so-called Moose test, tipping to the side in a swerve to avoid an obstacle on the road, Germany's auto-motor-sport magazine reports. The test with the Defender 110 TD4 was carried out at a speed of 60 km/h.
Testers attributed the bad roadholding quality of the Defender to poor weight distribution and indirect steering, the magazine said.
Despite the safety deficit, Land Rover failed to offer an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and airbags for the Defender, the report said.
The Moose or Elk test was introduced in Sweden where a high number of collisions with elks have been registered. The test became famous when the first generation of the Mercedes A-Class failed the test and the company responded by introducing standard ESP in the small car.
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