Crash Test Dummies Show The Difference Between Cars In Mexico And U.S.

11/20/16 NPR

carmanufacturingA video shows two cars crashing head-on at 35 miles per hour. (Don’t worry, the drivers are crash test dummies.) One car is red, one is silver.

The red car crumples like an accordion. The dummy’s face collides with the steering wheel as glass flies everywhere. Then the entire front of the cabin collapses in, pushing the dummy’s knees up and crushing them against the dashboard.

The front of the silver car is also crushed. But the frame of the car is relatively intact This dummy flies forward in the seat belt, but front and side airbags soften the blow. The windshield cracks, but doesn’t shatter. They’re both Nissan cars. The red car is a 2015 Tsuru, manufactured for sale in Mexico. The silver one is a 2016 Versa, made for the U.S. market.

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Despite Violence In Most Of Mexico, Mexico City Remains Safe For Americans

new-york-cityForbes, 01/14/2014

In the U.S. government’s latest Travel Warning, Mexico City was excluded from a list of 17 Mexican states that, according to the State Department, are off limits for Americans due to serious threats to safety and security. Throughout the drug-war violence of the previous six year administration, Mexico City, the nation’s capital known as the Federal District (DF), has remained relatively safe –not immune, but not overtaken by violence.

The DF’s Minister of Tourism Miguel Torruco, told me that the city, a world-class metropolis known for its history, culture, cuisine and crafts, has a murder rate of 22 per 100,000 people, which is comparable to Philadelphia’s 21.5 per 100,000 and far below Detroit’s 54.58 per 100,000.

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As crime ebbs, Juárez coming back to life

ciudad-juarez-en-mexicoThe Albuquerque Journal, 12/9/2013

One of the most frequent questions I have been asked recently by family and friends is, “Do you still go to Mexico?”

The person asking the question usually phrases the words in a way that reminds me of being a kid and being asked by an aunt or relative, “You’re not going outside in this kind of weather are you?” Or, “You’re not going to eat that whole bag of chocolates, are you?”

I almost feel like they are scolding me before they hear my response. Their faces usually have an incredulous look on them when I tell them that yes, I go to Mexico and most frequently to Juárez on business.

Today, violent crime in Juárez, especially murders, is a fraction of what it was even two years ago. The daily mass murders, most attributable to the war between drug cartels and Mexican law-enforcement agencies for control of this important portal to the U.S., are down significantly.

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Drug War Continues But Most Of Mexico Is Safe For Travel And Business, Experts Say

Tourists still heading to Tulum and other destinations in Mexico

Fox News Latino, 11/25/2013

Tucked into a protected bay on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Acapulco has in recent years become the poster child for how the country’s vicious drug war has turned a once idyllic tourist destination into a killing field.

Headless bodies, gang rapes of tourists and hours-long shootouts have driven even the hardiest of visitors away from the city’s famed beaches and high-rise hotels. Foreign visitors flying in have decreased from over 350,000 in 2006 to fewer than 61,000 in 2012 and the once popular spring break destination saw the number of U.S. college students visiting drop by 92 percent in the last three years.

While Acapulco – and border cities like Ciudad Juárez and Reynosa – have dominated the headlines for the gruesome drug violence, much of Mexico’s 761,606 square miles remain relatively safe for both tourists and business interests. Analysts and travel experts tend to agree that Mexico is both as dangerous and as safe as it ever has been; it just depends on where one travels.

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Political Risk: Is Crime Rising In Mexico City?

Mexico City - nunavut (Flickr)Forbes, 6/18/2013

A string of violent incidents in Mexico City has left residents looking for answers. In February, a gunman riding a motorcycle killed a nightclub owner in La Zona Rosa, a central district not far from the U.S and British embassies and the headquarters of many foreign multinational companies. On May 9, Malcolm X’s grandson was beaten to death in a bar near the city’s famous Plaza Garibaldi.  On May 26, in the same neighborhomod as the nightclub owner shooting, armed assailants kidnapped a dozen teenagers from Tepito, one of the city’s rougher outer neighborhoods. On June 6, two gunmen entered a gym in Tepito and killed four people. Josefina Ramirez, the aunt of one of the victims, explained, “two masked men came and just started shooting.”

Although some residents worry that the recent increase of violent incidents that appear to be connected to organized crime could undermine Mexico’s City’s success story, many analysts continue to view Mexico City’s community-focused police program as an adequate buffer from a regression to the sort of crime wave they city went through in the 1990s.

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Despite Mexico Security Improvements, Public Polls Betray Deep Worries

Cops - Jesus Villaseca Perez (Flickr)InSight Crime, 6/17/2013

A government survey reveals how certain social behaviors in Mexico have changed due to public perceptions of crime, even though much of the country has seen violence levels plateau somewhat. According to a newly released portion of the National Survey of Victimization and Perceptions of Violence, known as Envipe under its Spanish acronym, Mexicans are substantially altering their lifestyles in an effort to insulate themselves from the violence. As a result, violence linked to organized crime is no longer considered an issue limited to public security, but is seen as a much broader problem, one that affects commerce, investment, education, and social life in general.

One of the most basic manifestations of this is the reluctance to enjoy the nation’s nightlife, previously a famous staple of towns like Mexico City and Monterrey. The survey — produced annually by INEGI, the government statistics agency — counted more than 23 million Mexicans who said they avoided public places such as bars and soccer stadiums because of fears of violence. This is not idle fretting: as InSight Crime has reported, bars have periodically been targeted and their patrons killed at random, as different criminal groups use terror tactics to advance their position. In one notorious incident in 2011, a first-division soccer game in Torreon was called off after just 45 minutes, due to a gun battle that started outside the stadium.

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Mexico: Tourism picture is brightening for Mazatlan

ocean waves and beachLos Angeles Times, 6/18/2013

Things are looking up for tourism in Mazatlan, Mexico. The Pacific Coast resort, with 20-plus miles of beaches and dozens of high-end resorts, has long been a favorite with American tourists. Mexico’s ongoing drug war, however, caused concern on both sides of the border. But recent infrastructure changes, coupled with an overhaul of Mazatlan’s police force, have quieted fears.

Now the Mexican Riviera city has just had its best spring season ever and is poised to have a record-breaking summer season, according to tourism bureau statistics. The London Financial Times named it one of the Top 10 American Cities of the Future, rating it as Mexico’s top medium-sized city in terms of its future economic expectations and cost effectiveness.

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