All the Buick models listed as 2012 Top Safety Picks by IIHS

Article by Christian A., on April 3, 2012

Did you know that all Buick models are listed as 2012 Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety? Even the Verano, the smallest Buick model, is able to match the bigger models when it comes to safety systems. IIHS President Adrian Lund said that every inch of all the Buick models have “state-of-the-art crash protection.”

Buick claims to have the best overall protection against the most common types of crashes. It also comes with standard electronic stability control to prevent crashes. The tests that the IIHS conducts measure occupant protection in front, side, and rollover crashes.

In particular, it tests seats and head restraints for neck protection in rear impact crashes. A vehicle has to get a “good” rating in all four tests to earn a 2012 Top Safety Pick designation.

While designing the Verano, the engineers focused on making industry-leading safety features a key element for the new vehicle. General Motors Engineering Group Manager of Vehicle Safety Performance Integration Sigit Santosa said that the company used a comprehensive safety strategy that enabled it to “achieve the highest safety rating” and to be recognized as one of the top safety performers in the segment.

The Verano is equipped with 10 standard air bags and is being secured by OnStar, a combination that no other competitor can match. If there is a rollover crash, the sensors in the vehicle deploy standard head curtain air bags before the impact. They’re also left inflated for a longer period of time. The Verano has an advanced body structure that is composed of over 60% high-strength steel that offers a protective safety cage around passengers.

The interior of the Buick Verano reveals comfort and support for the seats that are simply outstanding. Soft-touch premium materials are used and the ambient lighting is obviously inspired by none other than the LaCrosse. To give the cabin a more inviting feel, warm ambient lighting has been combined with the presence of wood and metallic trims. The Verano’s interior has fabric/leatherette seating which comes in medium and neutral titanium colors.

A leather-trimmed interior is also offered with the option of three colors which are cashmere, ebony, and the highly unique Choccachino. The premium leather material utilized for the seats on the Verano is clearly the same ones as those inside the LaCrosse. Complementing the excellent interior is the exterior that has been precisely-crafted and premium-accented.

Generally, the design cues on the Verano are the ones that are seen on many contemporary Buick models. This is the same design that was first seen on the Enclave and that has been reinterpreted not just for the Regal but even with the LaCrosse. Examples include the more prominent translucent projector beam headlamps in blue and the detailed chrome waterfall grille in black.

There are also chrome accents and portholes. While the premium wheels are present, the body-to-wheel ratio of this model is customized. That the Buick Verano has a sporty appearance is owed to the rear pillars which are linked by an arching roofline to the steeply-raked windshield. This is complemented by the forged alloy multi-spoke 17-inch sterling wheels with a silver finish.

Offered as well are two premium 18-inch versions. As already mentioned, the new Verano has those translucent projector-beam blue headlamps. This feature is unique to this model which gives it that high-class look. In order to improve the already premium look of the exterior, the different colors offered include White Diamond Tricoat and Claret Red Tintcoat. Offered as well as Black, Cyber Gray Metallic, Mocha Bronze Metallic, Switchblade Silver Metallic, and Olympic White.

Topics: buick, iihs, safety

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