IMO only old people and over-protective parents choose their car in relation to its safety features and rating. Today's cars are miles ahead of what they were just 10 years ago.
This is true and they seem to have done this by themselves without relying much on alliances (the world engine comes to mind shared by chrysler, mitsu and hyundai but it's just a base design).Hyundai has arrived to the point to where they can build whatever they want, and do whatever they want, and not be limited by technological know how or small size.
This is also true. There are companies out there like Chrysler, Toyota and lately, Honda that don't seem to care about self-improvement. They build cars that sell and that's it. Chrysler, Ford and GM relied too much on their past and it bit them in the **** after a few decades of mediocre cars. Ford is bouncing back big time and GM is coming up as well. Toyota designs are getting worse every day and Honda isn't doing so good in that area either. Neither of them has anything remotely sporty to offer nowadays. I hate the fact that VW puts a premium price on everything they sell even though their reliability is sub-par, **** german engineering.They're great cars for a good price built by a company that honestly cares about self-improvement.