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.