Daimler-Benz is changing the A-class so that it passes the moose avoidance test, but the company isn't happy with the test.
Spokesman Wolfgang Inhester said the test is 20 years old and needs to be revised. He said modern cars have anti-lock brakes and the test should be for what people do most naturally in an emergency: apply their brakes, not steer harshly.
Daimler videotaped a test of its cars and competitor models, many of which flipped over in the moose test, said Inhester. He would not release results, and he has kept the tape in a drawer in his office since Schrempp held it aloft at a general meeting of the VDA, the German manufacturers' association.
Schrempp asked the VDA to establish uniform test regulations that each producer and the motoring press would be obliged to follow. Details are being worked out.