2016 Volvo XC90 earns Top Safety Pick+ rating from IIHS

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 17, 2015

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has accorded to Volvo XC90 a prestigious Top Safety Pick+ rating. This is the highest possible safety rating from the IIHS and is awarded to vehicles that managed to achieve full scores in all crashworthiness and front-crash prevention tests as well as dish out outstanding preventive and protective safety performance.

Just a week before this rating was given, XC90 received five stars from Euro NCAP during the European safety regulator’s 2015 Euro NCAP tests. Remarkably, the XC90 was the first car from any carmaker that was able to get full points in the Autonomous Emergency Braking Car to Car rear-end tests (AEB City & AEB Interurban).

Thanks to Volvo’s standard City Safety technology installed in the XC90, the SUV managed to get the top score in the institute’s crashworthiness tests, which include small overlap, moderate overlap, roof strength, side, head restraints and seats tests.

This is a testament to the Volvo XC90’s superiority in the area of front crash prevention. The XC90’s excellent test performance is credited to the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) that underpins the SUV, since this platform focuses on safety and electrification.

Particularly, the vehicle’s performance in the small overlap crash test underscores a new Volvo design that deflects the XC90 after impact, thereby reducing the possibility of injuries for its occupant. Other safety features installed in the Volvo XC90 include a breakaway brake pedal as well as deformation zones in the front seat brackets.

Thanks to Volvo’s four-decade effort in studying real-world accidents, the carmaker was able to come up with a number of technologies designed to make driving a lot safer. Among other carmakers, Volvo recently committed to make Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) standard on all its vehicles in the next five years.

Ironically, AED and other safety technologies already come as standard in all new Volvo vehicles. Lex Kerssemakers, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars of North America, remarked that Volvo is proud to be the only carmaker whose cars currently rated by IIHS all earned Top Safety Pick+ ratings from the institute.

He divulged that the XC90 is the next step in Volvo’s Vision 2020, which states that no person will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo car by the end of the decade.

In terms of sales performance, the new Volvo XC90 has already beaten its sales forecast by 7,000 units (57,000 vs. 50,000 XC90s). He remarked that demand for the carmaker’s SUVs have been high in the United States, with Volvo XC60 experiencing a revival in both interest sales and sales. Amazingly, the XC60 also earned a Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS.

Press Release

VOLVO XC90 AWARDED TOP SAFETY RATING BY IIHS

Volvo Cars’ XC90 has been awarded the highest possible safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), underscoring its position as one of the safest cars on the road today.

The seven seat SUV was awarded a Top Safety Pick+ rating, which is only given to cars that achieve full scores in all crashworthiness and front crash prevention tests and which excel in both preventive and protective safety performance.

“Every Volvo currently rated by IIHS has earned a Top Safety Pick+, we are the only automaker that can claim that proud distinction,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, “the XC90 is the next step in our Vision 2020, which states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by the year 2020.”

The IIHS award follows a decision last week by Euro NCAP, the European safety regulator, to award the XC90 five stars in its 2015 Euro NCAP tests. The XC90 was the first car from any manufacturer to score full points in the Autonomous Emergency Braking Car to Car rear-end tests (AEB City & AEB Interurban).

This means that the XC90 has now received the best possible ratings for safety from the most respected independent assessors of car safety in both Europe and the US.

The IIHS crashworthiness category includes tests covering small overlap, moderate overlap, side, roof strength, head restraints and seats. Volvo achieved top scores in all of these tests and was deemed superior in front crash prevention thanks to the standard City Safety technology that is fitted in the new XC90.

The XC90 is built on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, which prioritizes safety and electrification. The XC90’s performance in the small overlap crash test, one of the most demanding crash tests available, highlighted a new design that deflects the car after impact. This design significantly reduces the potential for driver and passenger injury. Other safety design elements, such as a breakaway brake pedal and deformation zones in the front seat brackets, help prevent serious injuries in a variety of crash scenarios. All of these safety innovations are a result of Volvo’s unprecedented 40 year effort of recording and studying real-world accidents.

The 2016 XC90 has exceeded sales forecasts around the globe, with 57,000 cars sold compared to a forecast 50,000. Demand for Volvo SUVs has been very strong in the United States and the Volvo XC60 has seen a resurgence in sales and interest. The XC60 is also a Top Safety Pick+.

Earlier this month, Volvo became one of the first automakers to commit to making Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) standard on all Volvos with five years. AEB and other important safety technologies are already standard in all new Volvos.

Topics: volvo, volvo xc90, suv

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