I should have been more clear about stating that those are my opinions of why that hood isn't all bad. As for pedestrian safety, the junction between the hood and bumper isn't what is most important; they care about the distance from the lower skin to the engine and the angle of the front end and hood.
There's quite a few BMW's that don't have that style hood (some don't even meet the distance requirement) and they still pass by introducing explosives at the rear hood hinges. Basically, forcibly raise the hood up during a pedestrian collision and reduce the overall impact.
Last edited by ams07r; 10-04-2013 at 08:57 PM.