2016 Volkswagen Passat earns TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from IIHS

Article by Andrew Christian, on December 13, 2015

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has reviewed the 2016 Volkswagen Passat and given it a 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, following a series of tests conducted by the institute.

In an announcement, Volkswagen of America, Inc., said the 2016 Passat in particular aced the IIHS Small Overlap Front Crash test, receiving the highest possible rating of “good.” It also received “good” ratings in other crashworthiness tests conducted by the IIHS.

The Passat used in the tests was equipped with the available Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) system. This system employs a radar sensor to monitor the distance between the Passat and the vehicle ahead.

When the Passat is running above 19 mph, Front Assist -- as long as it is within the limits of the physical system -- illuminates a warning symbol instrument cluster to alert the driver of possible critical front-end collision. Should it be necessary, the system will initiate braking enough to slow down the vehicle, thereby giving the driver some time to implement the brakes.

If the driver fails to implement the brakes, Front Assist would autonomously apply them. Additionally, if the driver presses on the brake pedal too lightly, braking support will come in to increase the pressure. When the vehicle is running below 19 mph, Front Assist would simultaneously apply the brakes and provide warning to the driver.

Aside from these technologies, the 2016 Passat also features an array of passive and active systems designed to allow the model to pass or even top current crash regulations. As standard, the model comes with Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.

It is also offered with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), as well as an active Lane Departure Warning system (Lane Assist). In addition, the model comes with the optional Rear Traffic Alert with braking as well as passive and active Blind Spot Monitor system, the availability of which depends on the trim level.

Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) come as standard on Passat SE models and above. On the other hand, Blind Spot Monitor (warning only) and Rear Traffic Alert with braking come as standard for SE w/ Technology models and higher trim levels. Active Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist) system, meanwhile, comes as standard on SEL Premium models equipped with the Active Blind Spot Monitoring system with corrective steering.

Mark McNabb, chief operating officer at Volkswagen of America, Inc., remarked that the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award received by the Passat demonstrates the carmaker's commitment to vehicle safety as well as to the development of innovative technologies.

He noted that certain features found in the Passat like Active Blind Spot Monitor and perpendicular Park Assist are usually exclusive for luxury vehicles. IIHS grants its TOP SAFETY PICK+ award to vehicles that managed to get an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention system performance as well as meet TOP SAFETY PICK criteria like "good" ratings in the moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests.

In 2013, the institute introduced the front crash prevention rating program to help consumers determine which among the available safety systems are the most effective. IIHS uses a three-tier rating system -- superior, advanced or basic – to be determined by whether the vehicles feature available front crash prevention systems and how they perform in 12 mph and 25 mph autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning tests.

Points are then awarded according to their performance on the tests. Vehicles featuring a warning system get a basic rating, provided it meets the criteria set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Other VW models earning 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings from the IIHS are the MY2016 Golf 4-door, Golf SportWagen, Golf GTI 4-door, and Jetta models -- when equipped with the optional Front Assist system. Interested buyers can acquire their own 2016 Passat from Volkswagen dealerships across the United States.

Press Release

2016 PASSAT EARNS A TOP SAFETY PICK + RATING FROM THE INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY

Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced that the 2016 Passat, when equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) system, has been awarded a 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2016 Passat recently underwent the IIHS Small Overlap Front Crash test and received the highest possible rating of “good”. The Passat receives a fully reinforced structure, building on the model’s “good” ratings in the Institute's other crashworthiness tests.

In addition, the new Passat offers a combination of both passive and active systems that are engineered to meet or exceed current crash regulations. The Passat is equipped with the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as standard and is available with the following advanced driver assistance features: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), an active Lane Departure Warning system (Lane Assist), passive and active Blind Spot Monitor (dependent on trim level) as well as Rear Traffic Alert with braking.

The IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award is given to vehicles that have met TOP SAFETY PICK criteria—good ratings in the moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests—and have earned an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention system performance.

IIHS launched its front crash prevention rating program in 2013 to help consumers sort through a maze of technologies and zero in on the most effective systems. Under a three-tier rating program, models with optional or standard front crash prevention systems are rated as superior, advanced or basic. Ratings are determined by whether the vehicles have available front crash prevention systems, and, if so, how it performs in 12 and 25 mph autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning tests. To assess the performance, points are awarded based on the braking and warning performance in the tests. Vehicles that have a warning system only earn a basic rating, provided the system meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration performance criteria. For details, visit www.iihs.org.

The Passat’s Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) system uses a radar sensor to help monitor the distance of traffic ahead of the vehicle. Within physical system limits, Front Assist helps alert the driver of critical front-end collision situations, both acoustically and visually by a clear warning symbol in the instrument cluster above 19 mph, and, if necessary, braking is initiated to slow the vehicle. If the driver fails to apply the brakes, the system autonomously applies them; if the pedal is engaged but the driver brakes too lightly, the pressure is increased by the system (braking support). Below 19 mph, the vehicle applies the brakes and warns the driver simultaneously.

“The Passat’s IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award demonstrates Volkswagen’s longstanding commitment to vehicle safety and the development of innovative technologies,” said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “Features such as Active Blind Spot Monitor and perpendicular Park Assist are unique to the segment and not typically seen outside of the luxury market.”

The 2016 Passat is currently on sale at Volkswagen dealerships nationwide. Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) is standard on SE models and above. SE w/ Technology models and higher trim levels feature standard Blind Spot Monitor (warning only) and Rear Traffic Alert with braking. The active Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist) system is standard on SEL Premium models, which are also equipped with the Active Blind Spot Monitoring system with corrective steering.

In addition to the Passat, 2016 Volkswagen Golf 4-door, Golf SportWagen, Golf GTI 4-door, and Jetta models have been awarded 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings by IIHS when equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) system.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

Notes:
This press release and images of the 2016 Passat are available at media.vw.com. Follow us @VWNews. “VW”, “Volkswagen”, all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other countries.

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