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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded 2015 Top Safety Pick accolade to all seven 2015 Subaru models, including the Legacy, Outback, Forester, BRZ, WRX/STI, Impreza and XV Crosstrek. This marks the sixth consecutive year that Subaru has all of its models gaining the award from IIHS.
Five of those models, were also awarded by the IIHS with the 2015 Top Safety Pick+ accolade -- Subaru Forester, Legacy, Outback, Impreza, and XV Crosstrek, when equipped with optional EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. These vehicles also earned the highest possible rating of “Superior” for front crash prevention.
These models likewise earned 6 of 6 points for front crash prevention when equipped with EyeSight. This technology includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning and was first system to use stereo camera technology to detect objects like vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.Read the entire article All 2015 Subaru models earn Top Safety Pick from IIHS
Both the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander and the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport crossovers and the 2015 crossovers Lancer compact sports sedan received the "Top Safety Pick" accolade from the the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The IIHS particularly named the 2015 Outlander a "Top Safety Pick+" – the highest safety award designation – thanks to the Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) technology that warns a driver to a potential frontal collision using visual and audio alerts while applying emergency braking -- to avoid the collision or reduce its effects.
On the other hand, the IIHS awarded the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport a "Top Safety Pick" rating, the fourth consecutive year that the model won the safety designation. IIHS likewise awarded the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer a "Top Safety Pick" rating, its seventh straight year of gaining the accolade."Read the entire article Three Mitsubishi nameplates earn Top Safety Pick from IIHS
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the Ford C-MAX Hybrid a Top Safety Pick for second year in a row. IIHS had the 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid undergo multiple crash tests – leading to a “good” rating in side crash, roof strength, restraint and seating evaluations.
Steve Kenner, global director, Ford Automotive Safety Office said the carmaker is proud that the C-MAX Hybrid has achieved a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. Standard safety equipment on the C-MAX Hybrid includes MyKey, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, driver and passenger airbags and front seat-mounted side-impact airbags.
Add to that list a safety canopy system, SOS Post Crash Alert System and a tire pressure monitoring system. The C-MAX Hybrid comes with available driver-assist features like a rearview camera, active park assist, forward sensing system and reverse sensing system as well as rain-sensing wipers.Read the entire article 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid earns second Top Safety Pick from IIHS
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2015 Hyundai Sonata a 2014 Top Safety Pick+. Sonata joined the 2015 Genesis in grabbing the highest honor from IIHS, which rates vehicles using several tests moderate overlap front crash, small overlap front crash, side impact and rollover tests.
The institute also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impact collisions as well as available front crash prevention systems aimed at preventing a crash or lessening its impact.
The 2015 Sonata is laden with a new level of safety and refinement, thanks to a number of active safety features like as Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a Lane Departure Warning System and rear parking sensors.Read the entire article 2015 Hyundai Sonata is a IIHS 2014 Top Safety Pick+
The 2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI have earned the 2014 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The vehicles both logged good performance in each of the Institute’s crashworthiness assessments, including the small overlap front test.
The latest accolade means that Subaru now has six models that have earned 2014 safety awards from IIHS -- three with Top Safety Pick and three with Top Safety Pick+ -- including the Legacy sedan and Outback models with optional EyeSight.
The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru WRX comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder 268 hp engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission.Read the entire article 2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI earn 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick award
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has made the 2014 Chevrolet Spark a Top Safety Pick after the minicar attained the highest possible “good” scores in the agency’s moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints tests. The 2014 Spark also achieved an “acceptable” score in IIHS’s new small overlap test, which emulates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle hits another vehicle or an object like a tree.
“Spark’s impressive performance in IIHS’s most stringent test yet demonstrates the intensive efforts of our global safety team to deliver big safety in a small package,” remarked Gay Kent, General Motors general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness. He said that the safety structure of the Spark extensively employs high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels, adding that the minicar’s passenger protection package boasts of 10 standard air bags.
Since the Spark has a short wheelbase of 93.5 inches, the team had to strengthen its front-end structure to better absorb and distribute impact energy around passengers. The team also paved the way for a cradle extension for additional support in frontal collisions. Lightweight, high-strength steels account for over 62 percent of Spark’s under body and 42 percent of its upper body.Read the entire article 2014 Chevrolet Spark is Top Safety Pick for IIHS
The 2014 Maserati Ghibli is now a 2013 Top Safety Pick for the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The Ghibli is powered by a 404hp twin-turbo V6 from Ferrari paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This four-door sedan is available in either rear or Q4 all-wheel-drive. The Ghibli, featuring coupé-like looks, is touted to be 'The Absolute Opposite of Ordinary' in the mid-size segment – as it effortlessly merges performance, style and luxury.
The accolade from the IIHS further boosts the pedigree of the Ghibli as a thoroughbred driving unit. A 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick also further boosts the Ghibli's badge as a 'top pick' among sport sedan buyers.
IIHS Top Safety Pick testing simulates a side collision with a large sports utility vehicle or pickup truck; front moderate overlap impact; roof-crush consistent with a rollover; and a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash. In each test, the Ghibli scored "good," the highest-possible rating. Likewise, Maserati covers all the customer care benchmarks: a four-year/ 50,000 mile warranty; road-side assistance; and loaner car service.Read the entire article 2014 Maserati Ghibli is a IIHS 2013 Top Safety Pick
The all-new 2014 Fiat 500L has earned the recognition as a 2013 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. This revolutionary four-door B-segment hatchback is just one of the two Chrysler Group vehicles to be named in the recent batch of IIHS assessments. For the last 10 months, the IIHS has commended 14 Chrysler Group vehicles.
To be designated as a Top Safety Pick, the vehicle has to get a “good” rating in the following tests: side impact, front moderate-overlap impact, roof-crush experienced from a rollover, and a rear collision that may induce whiplash. The all-new Fiat 500L was given the highest-possible score of “good” in all of these tests.
Jason Stoicevich, Head of Fiat Brand for North America, Chrysler Group LLC, said that the all-new 2014 Fiat 500L is a “unique” offering in this market as it merges Italian style with a loft-like interior, tremendous value and sophisticated safety features like reactive head restraints and seven standard air bags.Read the entire article 2014 Fiat 500L earns ‘Top Safety Pick’ award from IIHS
The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee has been named as a 2013 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. In the most recent bout of assessments, this SUV is just one of two vehicles by Chrysler Group to earn the honor. The all-new 2014 Fiat 500L, a ground-breaking four-door, B-segment hatchback, is the other Chrysler Group vehicle that was given this award.
IIHS gave this commendation to a total of 14 models from Chrysler Group in the last 10 months.
The testing required for the Top Safety Pick recognition includes a side impact with a large SUV or pickup truck, roof-crush that could occur with a rollover, front moderate overlap impact, and a rear collision that may result to whiplash.Read the entire article 2014 Jeep Cherokee named Top Safety Pick by IIHS
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given Top Safety Pick+ honors to the 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan. The updated minivan received a "good" rating on the so-called small overlap crash test, which simulates what may happen if a vehicle’s left front corner collides with an object like an oncoming car, a tree or a pole.
Honda freshened the Odyssey for 2014 by installing a strengthened steel frame and more robust airbags, instead of waiting for the next redesign of the minivan, which is still a few years from now.
Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda Motor Co., said in a statement, remarked tha the carmaker’s commitment to safety is “perhaps best demonstrated by the fact” that they achieved a high standard in a midcycle refresh, referring to the rating received by the 2014 Honda Odyssey.Read the entire article 2014 Honda Odyssey gets Top Safety Pick+ honors from IIHS
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety handed “Top Safety Pick+” honors to the Subaru Forester and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport after the small sport utility vehicles aced the group’s "small overlap" crash test. In fact, the Forester and the Outlander Sport were the only small SUVs that sailed through the innovative small overlap crash test, in which the front corner of a vehicle on the driver's side collides against a five-foot-tall barrier at 40 mph.
The redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester received “Top Safety Pick+” honors after getting a "good" rating on the test. Joe Nolan, vice president for vehicle research at IIHS, said in a statement that the Subaru's engineers succeeded in doing well in the new test with the redesigned Forester.
Nolan remarked that this is exactly how IIHS hoped carmakers would respond to improve protection for people in these types of serious frontal crashes. The IIHS said that 20 vehicles have now received Top Safety Pick+ accolades for safety in small overlap crashes.Read the entire article Small SUVs from Subaru and Mitsubishi given Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS
The 2013 Ford Fusion was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, giving it a very appealing combination of being stylish as well as safe. Ford has eight other models selected by the IIHS as Top Safety Picks. These are all of Ford’s sedans and hatchbacks: Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus; and crossovers: Escape, Edge, Explorer, and Flex; and the crew-cab F-150 pickup.
Fusion was chosen as a Top Safety Pick because it earned a “good” rating in the moderate overlap frontal, side, rollover and rear impact crash tests. The 2013 Fusion is not the only model in the midsize segment to be a Top Safety Pick. The same rating was earned by its rivals: Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry, Volkswagen Passat, and Chevrolet Malibu.
The IIHS has yet to test and rate the new 2013 Honda Accord but the 2012 Accord was previously named a Top Safety Pick. The 2013 Fusion features dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, dual front knee airbags, and side curtain airbags, as well as stability control and a tire pressure monitoring system. Its safety technology features include a blind spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.Read the entire article 2013 Ford Fusion was named a Top Safety Pick by IIHS
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just named its Top Safety Picks – the 2013 Acura RDX and 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan. The roof strength of the two vehicles was improved, proving to be a key to earn them the IIHS Top Safety Pick titles. The roof strength of the previous-generation Acura RDX had a “marginal” rating.
On the other hand, the previous BMW 3 Series got an “acceptable” rating. The IIHS said that the Top Safety Pick ranking of the 2012 BMW 3 Series applies just to the redesigned F30 sedan as the E92 2012 BMW 3 Series Coupe/Convertible hasn’t been refreshed yet.
It’s possible that when the 3 Series coupe/convertible is updated later in 2012, it will be known as the BMW 4 Series.Read the entire article 2012 Bmw 3-Series, Acura RDX earn IIHS Top Safety Pick award
Eleven models of Chrysler Group LLC were added to the 2012 list of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Picks. The models include the Chrysler Town & Country, 300 and 200; Dodge Grand Caravan, Durango, Charger, Journey and Avenger; Jeep Grand Cherokee and Patriot and the Fiat 500.
The list includes vehicles that were given “good” test ratings in four crash protection categories – front, side, rollover and rear. The Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger reprised their inclusion in the list, receiving “good” ratings in all categories. Other returnees include Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango and Chrysler 200. The Dodge Avenger and Journey have been in the list for the past four years.
The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan, meanwhile, offer more than 40 standard/ available safety features. The Town & Country and Grand Caravan were also given strength-to-weight ratio ratings of 4.51, among the highest of the minivans tested.The Fiat 500, on the other hand, has a wide range of safety features, which include seven air bags.Read the entire article IIHS says 11 Chrysler vehicles were named Top Safety Picks for 2012
The 2011 Dodge Durango doesn’t just offer high quality and an impressive performance, it also scores high in safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named it as a Top Safety Pick. The IIHS makes the vehicles undergo front, side, rollover and rear crash test evaluations at the Vehicle Research Center in Virginia.
The IIHS then awards the vehicles that get the "good" rating. Testing is done only on units assembled after May 2011.
IIHS president Adrian Lund said that the Durango is the eighth vehicle from Chrysler to be given this honor. He said that the Durango offers buyers the best protection in the most common types of crashes. The Durango also features electronic stability control, which could make customers avoid crashes altogether.Read the entire article 2011 Dodge Durango gets the ‘Top Safety Pick’ award, says IIHS
The 2011 Infiniti EX35 had recently been awarded the Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Infiniti pointed out that just like the Infiniti M37/M56 (which is already on this list of 2011 Top Safety Picks), the EX35 also got the “Good” rating in the front, rear and side impact protection. The EX35 has been fitted with electronic stability control and its roof strength was given a good rating.
All 2011 Infiniti EX35 vehicles feature the Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) that has dual-stage, dual-threshold front air bags and seat belt and occupant classification sensors.
In addition, it features roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear outboard occupant head protection. Infiniti also fitted in a set of seat-mounted driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags as well as front-seat Active Head Restraints.Read the entire article 2011 Infiniti EX35 gets the ‘Top Safety Pick’ award from IIHS
The Saab 9-5 Sedan was named by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as one of its latest group of vehicles that got the Top Safety Pick Award this year. In fact, this model also took the highest rating, five stars, in the crash tests done by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).
What the IIHS determined was that the 9-5 Sedan meets its strict safety requirements. It earned the highest rating in all four test categories and it features ESP.
Tests for front impact (offset) and side impact crashes are included in the categories it was tested for. To evaluate protection against whiplash injuries and to test the roof structure in the event that it rolls over, IIHS checked the seat/head restraints by simulating rear impact.Read the entire article 2011 Saab 9-5 gets the Top Safety Pick Award from IIHS
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. revealed that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the highest safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK to the 2012 Honda Civic sedan models. The IIHS had tested the car under its stricter guidelines imposed this year. The IIHS awards vehicles that are the best at protecting vehicle occupants involved in front, side and rear crashes, as well those that have excellent rollover performance.
The IIHS requires that all TOP SAFETY PICK vehicles have a standard electronic stability control system. The Civic scored GOOD in all the four ratings (one of which is the roof-strength test). The redesigned 2012 Civic, which started selling on April 20, features the very economic i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine technologies and advanced standard safety features. All 2012 Civic vehicles make use of the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure.
It improves occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. Its exclusive design uses a network of structural elements that evenly distributes crash energy throughout the front of the vehicle.Read the entire article 2012 Honda Civic gets the Top Safety Pick award from IIHS
The 2011 Hyundai Elantra has earned the recognition as Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This award was given after the vehicle received a “Good” rating in all crash test categories that comprise front, side, rollover and rear crash protection.
Another plus factor for the Elantra is that it has Electronic Stability Control (ESC). David Zuby, the chief research officer of IIHS, said that over the years, Elantra safety has “improved tremendously.” He added that automakers have improved crashworthiness through various means.
The most significant adjustments include better designs of front crush zones to handle crash energy, stronger roofs so that passengers are better protected in rollovers, and harder compartments so that intrusion would be limited.Read the entire article 2011 Hyundai Elantra gets the Top Safety Pick award from IIHS
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted a new series of crash tests and determined that Ford’s 2011 F-150 SuperCrew deserves the Top Safety Pick rating. This would be the 11th Ford vehicle in the U.S. that became worthy of being named as one of the Top Safety Picks. The IIHS gave a “good” rating to the 2011 Ford F-150 SuperCrew in the offset frontal-, side- and rear-impact tests and the new roof strength evaluation, while providing electronic stability control.
Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, said that customers consider safety ratings as important markers that they use to assess vehicles. Ford said that the new Top Safety Pick award and F-150’s innovative safety technologies further display Ford’s commitment to safety.
The standard safety equipment in the F-150 includes six standard airbags and an advanced safety structure with high-strength steel. The other standard Ford F-150 safety features include dual-stage airbags for driver and front passenger, front seat-mounted side airbags, Safety Canopy side curtain airbags, AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control), four-wheel ABS brakes, MyKey, and trailer sway control, and SOS Post Crash Alert System.Read the entire article 2011 Ford F-150 receives IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick’ award
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