2012 Coda Sedan: A Chinese EV From California’s Newest Automaker

Based in Southern California, CODA Automotive is a privately held American company that was established in 2009 (the name was apparently chosen because Coda automotive says its technology represents the end of combustion vehicles – a “coda” is the concluding passage of a musical movement or composition).

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tested the 2012 Coda electric sedan, and here is the good news about the results: the Coda scored five stars for the side crash and rollover tests, and four stars overall. What kept it from a five-star overall score is the bad news: a two-star result for its frontal impact test.

NHTSA issued a recall for the 2012 Coda over its side and window airbags, so there are two Codas listed in the test results – a pre-recall sedan that got no rating for the side impact test and no overall rating, and the post-recall sedan that was rated in every category.