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INSURANCE INJURY AND VEHICLE DAMAGE CLAIMS VARY WIDELY AMONG 170 MODELS

 INSURANCE INJURY AND VEHICLE DAMAGE CLAIMS VARY WIDELY
 AMONG 170 MODELS
 ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The most popular, late- model cars on U.S. roads vary widely in the likelihood of insurance claims for injuries and vehicle crash damage.
 The five 1989-91 car models with substantially better than average insurance claims experience for both injuries and vehicle damage are the Buick Park Avenue, Plymouth Voyager, Dodge Caravan, Ford Crown Victoria and Buick Century. The five models with substantially worse than average results in both categories are the Hyundai Scoupe, Geo Storm, Dodge Daytona, Mitsubishi Eclipse and Chevrolet Camaro.
 "Large domestic models generally have very good injury and vehicle damage experience, while small cars usually have the worst experience," explains Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) President Brian O'Neill in releasing the new report on injury and collision loss experience for late-model cars. This HLDI report provides consumers with a guide to the loss potential of 1992 and '93 models.
 "Consumers can use this information when they shop for new cars," O'Neill notes, "because the injury and vehicle damage results for most cars is consistent from year to year."
 Injury Claims Results
 The car with the best injury claims experience is the Lexus LS400, but this model has worse than average vehicle damage results. Other cars with very good injury claims experience are the Buick Park Avenue, Volvo 740/760 station wagon, BMW 735/750iL and 4-wheel-drive Ford Aerostar van. But the BMW models have the worst vehicle damage result among all 170 cars in HLDI's report (137 percent worse than average).
 The four cars with the worst injury claims experience are the Hyundai Scoupe, Hyundai Excel 2- and 4-door models and the 2-door Geo Metro.
 "There are general patterns by size and body style in insurance loss experience. For example, large cars generally have better results than small cars, and 4-door models tend to do better than 2-door models. But even within the same group, large differences characterize the results." Among small four-door cars, for example, the one with the best injury claims result is the Volkswagen Golf. The worst car in this group, the Hyundai Excel, has a result that's nearly twice as high as the Golf's.
 For a free copy of the report, write to Car Report, P.O. Box 1420, Arlington, Va. 22210.
 HLDI is a research organization that collects and analyzes insurance coverage and claims information. It is closely associated with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
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 /CONTACT: Brian O'Neill of the Highway Loss Data Institute, 703-247-1500, or after hours, 703-760-0834/ CO: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; Highway Loss Data
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