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Calque of German Elchtest, coined in 1997 (after a Mercedes-Benz overturned during the test at 60 km/h, less than 40 mph), pejoratively implying one rarely or never needs to perform such maneuvers at the speeds used in the test, except in "exotic" countries such as Sweden, where elk sometimes do get onto the roads. The original name, used for decades but now all but displaced, was undanmanöverprov.


älgtest n

  1. moose test (see also Wikipedia): test of the maximum speed a vehicle can still steer clear of obstacles 9such as moose walking across the road) at
  2. (dated) moose test: test which takes a product into a very harsh situation, which was not predicted by the constructors, and which turns out to identify one or more severe problems with the product


Declension of älgtest 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative älgtest älgtestet älgtest älgtesten
Genitive älgtests älgtestets älgtests älgtestens


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